Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Proulx, Annie “The Shipping News”

Proulx, Annie “The Shipping News” - 1993

This book was recommended to me several times and the only excuse I had to not pick it up was that there were a lot of other books waiting to be read.

I really enjoyed this book. The story centers around Quoyle, an ordinary guy, you might even call him a loser. After his cheating wife dies in an accident, he moves with his aunt and his daughters to his ancestral home in Newfoundland where he works for a local newspaper.

Here he meets a lot of people who have been living in this remote small community all their life.

The life of these ordinary people are described in such a loving way that makes reading so much pleasure. Of course, life isn't easy, the problems a lot of small communities face when their major bread-winning jobs disappear lurks around the corner all the time, the characters have problems with each other as well as with the outside world but as the history of the family unfolds, we meet some wonderful loveable people.

A great read. - You also learn a lot about knots.

Annie Proulx received a Pulitzer Prize for “The Shipping News” in 1994.

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