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Shipping News: A Novel (Scribner Classics) Hardcover – Special Edition, May 10, 1999
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Bruce Allen "USA Today" The writing is charged with sardonic wit -- alive, funny, a little threatening; packed with brilliantly original images...and, now and then, a sentence that simply takes your breath away.
Stephen Jones "Chicago Tribune""The Shipping News" is that rare creation, a lyric page-turner.
Roz Spafford "San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle" Annie Proulx's stunning, big-hearted "The Shipping News" thaws the frozen lives of its characters and warms readers.
About the Author
Annie Proulx is the author of eight books, including the novel The Shipping News and the story collection Close Range. Her many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award. Her story “Brokeback Mountain,” which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Her most recent novel is Barkskins. She lives in Seattle.
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Annie Proulex's words resemble the geographical location. Did I tell you that from this I have planned a trip to New Foundland?
I live in Australia, the merciless soul destroying heat of the relentless Australian summer is driving me insane. After reading 'The Shipping News' I am haunted by Newfoundland. I long to see this cold beautiful land and its seascapes. I wonder if I will meet some of those rugged, stoical, enduring characters in Annie Proulx novel. Certainly she has created them but its also radiantly clear she has carefully chosen aspects of the men and women who have come to live in this rugged land.
Dr Phil Robert co author of Say Goodbye to Panic Attacks, Manage Your Anxiety and Stress and Manage Your Anger
The bulk of the novel tracks his first year in this unforgiving environment. The characters are richly drawn and we love to see him growing ever so slowly and gaining skills in a number of areas including boating, journalism, parenting, and courtship. The joy of this book is the beautiful descriptions of the Newfoundland communities and ever present ocean. I felt like I knew what it was like to live there.
Flour Sack Cove is a brutal place. It offers nothing but a run down ancestral home and a job writing the shipping news. The town is plagued with sex abuse, car wrecks, drowning, seal clubbing, and old curses. It doesn't offer a broken man a soft place to land.
Despite all these things this novel is heartfelt and heart breaking. It is inspired. If a man like Quoyle can find redemption in place like Flour Sack Cove then anything is possible.
You can have the beautiful people and the beautiful places. It'll take the promise of strength and love, the possibility of magic.
of Quoyl family and characters in small town Newfoundland covering loss of fishing occupations and newspaper business, severe ocean -wind storms,hardships of brutal cold
weather , social life, environmental challenges equating each advance in story line with
Nautical knots. Profound . A must read.