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The Shipping News | [Annie Proulx]

The Shipping News

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, The Shipping News shows why E. Annie Proulx is recognized as a gifted and original writer. When Quoyle, a 36-year-old, third rate newspaperman, learns that his two-timing wife has abandoned him and their two daughters, he returns to his ancestral home on the Newfoundland coast, to rebuild his life. We also recommend Proulx's, Accordion Crimes.

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A vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary American family, The Shipping News shows why E. Annie Proulx is recognized as one of the most gifted and original writers in America today. When Quoyle, a 36-year-old, third rate newspaperman, learns that his two-timing wife has abandoned him and their two daughters, he returns to his ancestral home on the Newfoundland coast, where amongst locals and three generations of his family, he begins to rebuild his life. Newfoundland is a dreary rock in the north Atlantic beset by lousy weather. Proulx recreates this barren location in her vivid, distinctive prose and populates it with a cast of amusing, richly human characters. The transformation each of the characters undergoes following the move is profound. And Proulx creates a simple and compelling tale of Quoyle's psychological and spiritual growth as he confronts his private demons. Along the way, we catch a glimpse of the maritime beauty of what is probably a fading existence.

©1995 E. Annie Proulx, All Rights Reserved; (P)1995 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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    Anna Tucson, AZ, United States 07-30-06
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    "Anna"

    From the description I thought this book would be good, but sadly I was disappointed. In the book, the author portrays Newfoundland as an awful, desolate place. The story was dreary, bleak and depressing. I am usually not this critical but felt compelled to leave a comment.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Mississauga, ON, Canada 08-06-06
    Marc Mississauga, ON, Canada 08-06-06
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    "Publisher comments are rubbish"

    The publisher comments "Newfoundland is a dreary rock in the north Atlantic beset by lousy weather".

    This is ridiculous... Newfoundland is one of the most beautiful places on earth. (Mountains, ocean, incredibly friendly people, vast areas of unspoiled nature and wildlife) .. The weather is moderated by the ocean, much like Seattle weather - where temperatures are rarely extreme.

    Newfoundland is one of Canada's prime tourist destinations.

    While the writer depicts some dreary scenes within New York and Newfoundland, the publisher's above comment is highly inappropriate - and should be retracted from your website.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful

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