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The acclaimed debut short story collection from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Downtrodden country folk in New England are at the heart and soul of this compilation of 11 short stories. The stories focus on rural activities (hunting or fishing) and sometimes delve into class differences between the poor townspeople and the rich outsiders. Although the subject matter may not appeal to every reader, the stories flow effortlessly and the prose is elegant. In "Heart Songs," Snipe pursues a calling in country music while recognizing in himself "a secret wish to step off into some abyss of bad taste and moral sloth." The author refers to another character as "thin as a folded dollar bill, her hand as narrow and cold as a trout." Proulx creates vivid characters with a clever turn of phrase or an illuminating analogy. This collection, initially published in 1988, includes two new short stories: "A Country Killing" and "Negatives." Recommended for most collections, though libraries with the 1988 edition may wish to pass.
Kimberly G. Allen, Network MCI Lib., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (March 17, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0020360754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0020360759
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read the Shipping news first. Struck by the wonderful use of language, in awe of the structure of this descriptive writing at its very best, I was not disappointed by these short stories written earlier. Some passages should be read again and again. One day, if not now, this author will be quoted as a modern classic
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E. Anne Proulx has the amazing talent to describe the small moments and details in life that we pass by everyday...but which we can immediately visualize when they are word-painted for us. She is an author that implores your every sense (sight, smell, sound, taste, touch, memory, & nostalgia) as you read. But her writing is not flowery...in fact it has a dark edge to it. Her descriptions are only surpassed by her characterization. She introduces you to the heart of rural Vermont through characters that you both admire and loathe...sometimes simultaneously. This collection of short stories is not her most famous work, but is perhaps her most classic. It is an easy read for pleasure, but one with layers and layers of depth for those who want to delve and ponder.
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If you want to read short stories about mad, cantakerous and passionate characters, read this collection of short stories. Annie Proulx astonished us with her remakable and refreshingly original novel, "The Shipping News," and while she has stated that she is not as proficient in writing short stories as in writing novels, I disagree. I could not put down these stories of the brutal and grotesque rural landscape, and none of the stories disappoints. I look forward to reading her other collections, "Close Range: Wyoming Stories" and "Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2." Ms. Proulx is fast becoming one of America's leading authors of fiction.
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To those, who were already enchanted by E.Annie Proulx's masterpieces ('Postcards' or 'The Shipping News'): do not eschew this collection of early short stories. They are not unskillful sketches of incipient, promising author but dazzlingly and glamorously brilliant splashes of her extraordinary talent (paradoxically both tragical and comical), unforgettable portraits of sundry people, to whom from the first pages you will feel admiration or aversion but never indifference or lack of interest, people in search of lost happiness... such as all of us are...
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Excellent collection of short stories by one of the very best short story writers, set in a rural community where life is hard for Proulx's people struggling to eke out a living. Tough, gritty stories with a deep-rooted connection to the land that give full play to the author's gift for capturing rugged, rural landscape in all its moods. Hunting and fishing provides an unusual backdrop for some of the human dramas played out: revenge, ill-will, greed, infidelity, passion and jealously, violence and death are all strong presences in these stringent stories so don't be misled by the tame hunting and fishing reference. Annie Proulx creates a cast of vivid characters - eccentric, downtrodden, down and out, malicious and conniving - bringing them alive in the space of a striking image or phrase.

A strong theme threading through several stories is the clash of values of two very different worlds: big-city hobbyists with ready money who show up in the country sporting their flash hunting gear and brand new boots - their rifles new and shiny, just like their cars - bringlng unwelcome improvements impinging on the land, customs and traditions of the poor rural community. My personal favourite of the collection is Stone City: a hunter stumbles on a remote, derelict farm high up on the snow-covered wooded hillsides but senses an atmosphere of evil pervading the abandoned ruin, Stone City, once owned by the Stone family, old man Stone and his brood of wild, unruly offspring. Gradually, more shocking revelations about the Stones and the grim past of Stone City come to light. Try also Annie Proulx's other superb short story collection of Wyoming stories, Close Range. Both books highly recommended!
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I love Proulx's Shipping News and Close Range for their fully human characters and real-to-life stories.
The characters in these stories are too brutal and/or witless and the stories too nightmarish for me.
For a more life-like (or at least less morbid) version of this world, try Wendell Berry's Jayber Crow.
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This is a book of short stories which are the most succinct expressions of Proulx's compassion for early settlers in the US who are displaced by newcomers who don't know how to live in the rural environment, and end up destroying the native culture. This theme is repeated in "Postcards", "The Shipping News", and "Close Range: Wyoming Stories" but I did not find these books nearly as compelling or insightful.
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This is the trade paperback version of the first fiction that Annie Proulx published. "Heart Songs" originally came out in 1988. After Proulx won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for the novel "Shipping News", Scribner's reissued HEART SONGS AND OTHER STORIES in 1994, with two stories added to the 1988 edition, making for a total of eleven stories.

All eleven stories are set in back-country, up-mountain New England, many in "Chopping County". All (except the last) feature crusty New Englanders, who manage to scrape by, living in the woods and on old farms in houses in varying stages of disrepair, some in ill humor and others with wry humor, either alone or in strained, bitter companionship with someone of the opposite sex. The principal pastime is hunting or fishing.

A few of the stories also feature outlanders -- the well-to-do who have invaded New England via second homes. Invariably, they are fools of one brand or another. In one story, the outlander showed up in "his dusty Mercedes, with an inverted bicycle on the roof, pulled up at the village store and [came in] clenching a map and asking for directions to his own house."

The first and last stories are a couple notches below the rest and for me drag the collection down from five Amazon stars to four. But I highly recommend the middle nine stories. They are populated by characters who without exception are interesting and (I think) true-to-life; they all have good plots, most with a twist at the end; and there is plenty of fine, crisp writing. The best stories, to my mind, are "A Run of Bad Luck" and "Electric Arrows".

Annie Proulx certainly is fond of similes. Perhaps overly fond, as some don't work.
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