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  • Title: The Shipping News
  • Author: Annie Proulx
  • ISBN: 9780743225427
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Quoyle s two timing wife meets her just desserts, he retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local characters and family members all play a part in Quoyle s struggle to reclaim his life As Quoyle confronts his private demons and the unpredictable forces of nature and society he begins tWhen Quoyle s two timing wife meets her just desserts, he retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local characters and family members all play a part in Quoyle s struggle to reclaim his life As Quoyle confronts his private demons and the unpredictable forces of nature and society he begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery A vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary North American family, The Shipping News shows why Annie Proulx is recognized as one of the most gifted and original writers in America today.
    The Shipping News When Quoyle s two timing wife meets her just desserts he retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast where a rich cast of local characters and f

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    1. This book snuck up on me Tricky tricky It started out interesting enough Proulx s writing style is mesmerizing, almost hypnotic I found the book initially to be a relaxing solace on my commute home after a busy day of work, soley because of its use of language and setting But I hated the characters All of them Quoyle, a big, damp loaf of a man, as Proulx describes him, is the definition of pathetic His daughters are brats And his wife Petal is a two dimensional device created solely as a catalys [...]

    2. Like with almost every other Pulitzer darling, we accompany the protagonist for the entire ride, this one is exceptionally literary in that brave, EveryMan type way This the prototype for the ever ambitious, ever elusive Great semi American Novel in which the elements of clever prose, revamped revisited personal histories, of second chances and redemption, are outstandingly clear and pitched at full blast Many novels read like this, and usually the one in that particular year earns itself magnan [...]

    3. My initial review of this book was simply Bullllshiiit , but, um, perhaps explanation is deserved After a handful of people whose taste I respect raved about this book, I was looking forward to it, and got to page 180 or so before finally admitting This feels like a chore and giving it away and I rarely leave books unfinished.What got to me about this book was mainly Proulx s style was toorced Nothing that occured felt real or believed by the author herself and it s not that I demand realism On [...]

    4. Quoyle A coil of ropeA Flemish flake is a spiral coil of one layer only.It is made on deck, so that it may beWalked on, if necessaryE ASHLEY BOOK OF KNOTSMuch like that coil of rope, our protagonist, Quoyle, has also been stepped on all his life.A great damp loaf of a body At six he weighed eighty pounds At sixteen he was buried under a casement of flesh Head shaped like a crenshaw, no neck, reddish hair ruched back Features as bunched as kissed fingertips Eyes the color of plastic The monstrous [...]

    5. So far this is a great read, this book is a little gem Had to get used to the language and the different way of storytelling, but this story, I love it so far Finished it today and what a great book to start 2010 with I loved it Loved the story, the characters, the description of the surroundings and the community, the way it is written, loved everything about it It could have gone on forever for me This is a feel good story, at least that s how I felt it It was on my night desk next to the bed [...]

    6. This is my first Proulx, so I didn t know if the unusual writing style is typical, or specially chosen for this particular story I hope it s the latter, as it works very well Update I ve now read the collection, Close Range Brokeback Mountain and Other stories, which I reviewed HERE Those stories use similar language, but somewhat toned down.It covers a couple of years plus some backstory in the life of thirty something Quoyle a big, lonely, awkward and unattractive man, always having or doing t [...]

    7. Ah the Shipping News I remember my heart dropping when I read this book the first time I thought, If this is what people are writing, I am no writer This book is revolutionary in it s use of language She punctuates inventively and her punctuation style gives her sentences a strange movement The book moves, it actually moves, as you read it.There are moments of such pain like when Quoyle lies still in his bed as Petal Bear fucks another man in their home and it s not written in a way where you fe [...]

    8. You know you re in trouble when you pan a Pulitzer prize winner, but pan I must This book bored me to tears Perpetual motion and its status as currently reading on together got me through it I didn t care what happened to whom or how it would end, I just wanted it over Amazing the things that passed for excitement and were given excessive air time in this novel an incredibly detailed rendition of the kids Christmas pageant knitting the uneventful daily commute and various mostly silent car rides [...]

    9. Thankfully negative reviews are somewhat of a rare commodity for me In the case of The Shipping News, it s difficult to find any positives, simply down to Proulx s writing style which I never could grasp hold of, along with dialogue that annoyed the hell out of me The star of the show if there was to be one, is Newfoundland itself, the characters I struggled to feel anything for, even in the moving moments, I am still left though with a mixed reaction I wondered what Proulx had against relative [...]

    10. Nice novel in which it appears that to some extent you can overcome your past.It s also a nicely constructed piece with this quiet core surrounded by these wild events the apparent sale of the daughters, the past sexual abuse, the horrors of the ancient ancestors, the murder However wild the events, crashing and buffeting against the rocky coast it is the quietness that predominates and wins out.It is the kind of novel that wins prizes, because it is healing book, the past here is full of horror [...]

    11. Annie Proulx exploded onto the literary scene with the publication of her second novel, The Shipping News It was 1993 and she was 58 No victim of sopho jinx, The Shipping News gave Annie a double boost it won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer prize for Fiction one of just six books picked by both juries, and has subsequently been adapted into a film.Born in Brooklyn and raised in a mix of small upstate towns, Quoyle is definitely not having the time of his life Socially inept and not [...]

    12. A love story of a single father, a newspaper reporter, who returns to Newfoundland to live in an ancestral home and meets a local woman Everyone in the present is haunted in some way by the victims in the past claimed by nature, usually by the sea The plot revolves around ordinary characters ordinary, quirky Newfies, that is They are overweight or pock marked or not quite attractive, in that left behind kind of way, and they are all damaged in some way, usually by the loss of loved ones to natur [...]

    13. Picked this book for my award winners challenge and solely for this challenge I came to know about this book I am glad that I put these challenges for me and because of them I am reading all these different books Some proved to be disaster, others just made me fall in love with themselves This book is somewhere in between Neither I hated nor I loved it.The Shipping News revolve around Quoyle who had a tough childhood and equally tough twenties After the death of his wife he moved back to Newfoun [...]

    14. National Book Award 1993Pulitzer Prize 1994Many of today s modern writers have styles so similar, or maybe a better way to say it, their lack of style makes it hard to distinguish their differences But there are a few out there that have very distinct writing styles that set them apart, that give them a unique and recognizable identity Annie Proulx is one of those Margaret Atwood, Dorothy Allison, and Markus Zusak also come to mind for me.I ve often wondered about Newfoundland, what it s like, w [...]

    15. This was a review in progress I can see as I wade through the bog of this book 1 October 28 A deeply uninteresting, unlikeable boy grows up to be a deeply uninteresting, unlikable man He marries a nasty piece of work who is also deeply unlikable and spits out two children that are exactly the children one goes out of one s way to avoid at shopping centres.Parents die, wife dies, aunt shows up out of nowhere and whisks the whole aimless uninteresting lot of them off to a dreary remote end of nowh [...]

    16. This is one of the very best novels I ve had the chance to read It s not just that the story is rich in and of itself and it is it s that the words themselves are so artfully assembed that they provide layers of undercurrents that add depth and emotion to the narrative This book reads like a symphony, with many intertwined themes and narratives all woven together into a whole, unified picture Proulx writes in choppy short sentecnes It s akward and clumsy language viewed against the littered murk [...]

    17. The blurb When Quoyle s two timing wife meets her just desserts, he retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local characters and family members all play a part in Quoyle s struggle to reclaim his life As Quoyle confronts his private demons and the unpredictable forces of nature and society he begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery A vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the co [...]

    18. At thirty six, bereft, brimming with grief and thwarted love, Quoyle steered away to Newfoundland, the rock that had generated his ancestors, a place he had never been nor thought to go Quoyle lives the life of a sad cliche His family doesn t like him, his wife has affairs and he s socially awkward His only thought is for his children, Bunny and Sunshine When a situation causes them to move from Mockingburg, New York to Newfoundland, Canada, home of Quoyle s ancestors, he finds himself in over h [...]

    19. Here is an account of Quoyle, born in Brooklyn and raised in a shuffle of dreary upstate towns A great, huge, unloved lump of a man in his late thirties, uncomfortable in his own skin, a failure at most things he s attempted in life, recently made a widower by a car accident that claimed the life of his unfaithful wife, leaving him with two young daughters to raise And to add insult to injury, he s just lost his on again off again job at the newspaper as well His aunt, Agnis Hamm, comes to help [...]

    20. A book about knots You know, nautical knots, fisherman s knots, each chapter beginning with a sketch of the intricate knot and its name.And I can only tie my shoes On a good day.I don t remember nautical terms They are lost on me Always have been If the ship goes down, it s going down with me But I know knots A knot at the base of my throat, an edgy knot taking over my stomach, a knot where my colon used to be And, reading this unnerving masterpiece, you feel the knots Because disaster looms in [...]

    21. This is by E Annie Proulx, so all the characters are named things like Tobogganlips McCupboardcake and everyone endures a series of darkly humorous, preciously rendered misfortunes Though the movie was nothing to write home about either, I actually liked it better than the book, for the enjoyable scenery, half decent performances, and dearth of skull shatteringly dippy prose It s not like it s the worst thing I ve ever read, and I never entertained the thought of quitting mid book with any real [...]

    22. Quoyle A coil of rope A Flemish flake in a spiral coil of one layer only It is made on deck, so that it may be walked on if necessary THE ASHLEY BOOK OF KNOTSThe above is the first thing we read on page one and a perfect introduction to our protagonist, Quoyle, a passive figure when we meet him that has been tread upon repeatedly As it turns out Annie Proulx acquired a copy of The Ashley Book of Knots at a yard sale for a quarter and it was an inspirational source that she used to cinch together [...]

    23. This book gets me every time It has some of the most brilliant writing I ve ever encountered, and I am amazed by the way the characters develop and draw me in At the beginning of the book, the main character is hit by tragedy so many times in rapid succession that it actually seems funny in a way Bam parents dead Bam wife run off Bam children stolen Bam wife dead And all of this happening to such a lumpen hulking dolt of a man that it is hard to feel any real sympathy, just a dazed and giddy awe [...]

    24. By my calculation, Annie Proulx owes me close to 20, and several unrecoverable hours of my life Not only did I buy and read this wretched book, but inexplicably I forked out another 7 to go see the equally wretched movie I suppose I have only myself to blame for the latter exercise in misjudgement, given that I knew in advance how appallingly bleak the book was, and that it involved the wretchedly vile Kevin Spaceyaaaah OK, so Annie P achieves partial redemption through having written Brokeback [...]

    25. One of the books whose middle part could bore you to death but when you finish it, you would like to go back and read again I brought this book when I went to San Diego, CA in January 2017 to visit my mother for her 81st birthday Even though I read nothing except this for the 16 hour flights total of 32 hours plus stopovers and waiting and during my 10 day stay in her senior s apartment where there was no wi fi, I went back with an unfinished book I have this habit of finishing what I started ev [...]

    26. Won the Pulitzer in 94, and rightly so it s a bleak, stark novel set in a bleak, stark place Newfoundland with enough hope and redemption to be realistic without being syrupy Quoyle is a large mound of a loser human who has been a loser, and abused for it, all his life After his nymphomaniac whore of a wife is killed in a car crash after selling their two kids, Bunny and Sunshine, to a kiddie pornographer, he starts over again by being dragged off to his ancestral home in Newfoundland with his t [...]

    27. The fact that a novel is a Pulitzer Prize Winner For Fiction equates one of the following A A book I have to admit I am reading only because it is an award winning, highly lauded title, probably something about The American Dream B An amazing exception, covering themes integral to our times, so beautifully written that, at once, it is on my all time favorites lists Not to be anticlimactic, but this was in the former category Although it did have its notable merits Quoyle Our hero Although not in [...]

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