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FREE EPUB î MOBI The Shipping News ò 9780671510053 ¸ At thirty six uoyle a third rate newspaperman is wrenched violently out of his workaday life when his two timing wife meets her just deserts He retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast where a rich cast of locaN or miseryA vigorous darkly comic and at times magical portrait of the contemporary American family The Shipping News shows why Annie Proulx is recognized as one of the most gifted and original writers in America today back coverCover illustration by David Blackwood The Shipping News is a wonderful read We are introduced to uoyle and follow him from his life and failed marriage in Mockingburg New York through to his move and settling into Newfoundland with his two daughters Bunny and Sunshine There is a nearly Dostoyevski level of tragedy underpinning the story sexual assault perversion violence which litters the road uoyle travels down There are a few innovative aspects to the text itself the names and the grammar Annie Proulx comes up with some of the most original names I have ever seen Tert Card Bunny Partridge and this helps make the text memorable and fun The staccato sentence structure where she often drops the subject is a clever way of dropping us into a pseudo interior dialog inside uoyle's head These two features give a uniue dynamic to Proulx's writingAt the beginning of the story uoyle reminded me of Ignatius J Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces both physically and in terms of his lack of career but fortunately for uoyle he uickly latches onto a friend Partridge and a career in journalism despite a rocky start uoyle didn't recognize news had no aptitude for detail He was afraid of all but twelve or fifteen verbs Had a fatal flair for the false passive p 8 Like Ignatius or even Augie March The Adventures of Augie March to a degree uoyle is desperately trying to move beyond his limitations In a profession that tutored its practitioners in the baseness of human nature that revealed the corroded nature of civilization uoyle constructed a personal illusion of orderly progress In atmospheres of disintegration and smoking jealousy he imagined rational compromise p 10 Fortunately for him he is able to surmount the early catastrophe with Petal and reconnect with his somewhat damaged but still maleable kids and becomes a charming father figure Yes I am skipping some detail here in an effort to avoid spoilersIn his migration to the cold windy north he brings his aunt herself full of incredible surprises who imparts wisdom in little chunks As you get older you find out the place where you started out pulls at you stronger and strongerProbably some atavistic drive to finish up where you started p 30 She is going back with great courage to a place where she personally suffered but where she will build herself up again despite her own setbacksI wanted to mention that another characteristic of this book that makes it exceptional is the care the author takes to give a credible and poignant backstory to nearly all of the characters None are mere cardboard cutouts of people Even the crazy cousin has a moment of lucidity at the end I found this to really bring me and bind me to the storyThere is a lot of comedy in the novel on arriving in Killick Claw Newfoundland the scene in the Tickle Motel Bar Restaurant was particularly hilarious off of Route 999 about as far from anywhere as you can imagine uoyle was the first to take a shower Discoloured water spouted from a broken tile seeped under the door and into the carpet The sprinkler system dribbled as long as the cold faucet was open His clothes slipped off the toilet and lay in the flood for the door hooks were torn away A Bible on a chain near the toilet loose pages ready to fall It was not until the next evening that he discovered that he had gone about all day with a page from Leviticus stuck to his back p 55uoyle goes to work for the local paper the Gammy Bird and his male colleagues are all adorably bizarre Nutbeem Tert and Billy plus his boss Jack all described with care and humor The book gets its title from uoyle's column The Shipping News where he is to gather information on comings and goings from the port and which overtime he truly excels at while he gets used to the natural beauty and unnatural human debris of the area Cleaning up around his houseWhen he came upon a torn plastic bag he filled it with debris Tin cans baby food jars a supermarket meat tray torn paper cajoling the jobless readerplastic line the unfurled carboard tube from a roll of toilet paper Pink tampon inserts Behind him a profound sigh the sigh of someone beyond hope or exasperation uoyle turned A hundred feet away a glistening back The Minke whale rose glided under the milky surface He stared at the water Again it appeared sighed slipped under Roiling fog arms flew fifty feet above the sea p 110 Her descriptions of nature are occasionally breathtaking like this oneIn an important passage uoyle's colleague Billy gives him a metaphor for the schema for a man's lifeAr that? Let's see Used to say there were four women in every man's heart The Maid in the Meadow the Demon Lover the Stouthearted Woman the Tall and uiet Woman p 182 While I have a hard time relating that to my own experience it definitely correlates directly to uoyle The Tall and uiet Woman is clearly the wonderful Wavey and the story of she and uoyle is another wonderful highlight to this charming book Each chapter begins with a uote most often from a book of knots the rope and knots being metaphors that are used throughout the novel I really liked the last sentence of the story as well which uses this wonderful metaphor Water may be older than light diamonds crack in hot goat's blood mountaintops give off cold fire forests appear in mid ocean it may happen that a crab is caught with the shadow of a hand on its back that the wind might be imprisoned in a bit of knotted string And it may be that love sometimes occurs without pain or misery p 355Overall this book was absolutely deserving of its Pulitzer Prize and made me want to read work by this gifted author who incidentally was not published until she was in her 50s giving the present reviewer hope as yet And I know I have to still see the movie with Kevin Spacey

Annie Proulx Ñ The Shipping News READER

L characters all play a part in uoyle's struggle to reclaim his life As three generations of his family cobble up new lives uoyle confronts his private demons and the unpredictable forces of nature and society and begins to see the possibility of love without pai 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 itLoved 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 for some time and every page I read before sleep gave me joy Read the most of the book in London pubs A five star beautiful gem

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The Shipping NewsAt thirty six uoyle a third rate newspaperman is wrenched violently out of his workaday life when his two timing wife meets her just deserts He retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast where a rich cast of loca 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 uoyle 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 catalyst for the story to come In the beginning it felt a little forced Then at some point in the second half the book went from a nice little read to a ferocious page turner and I still am not sure how it became so compelling There was no melodramatic conflict introduced No secret codes to be found in paintings Instead Proulx builds her momentum slowly slowly taking you deeper into the lives of these characters who started out so hard unattractive broken and nasty The thing of it is they start to feel so honest Before you know it their presence is comforting I found I wanted to be with them Wanted to be in the boat with uoyle Wanted to see the green house Wanted to go to the Christmas Pageant Wanted to eat flipper pie with him and the girls Wanted to welcome Aunt home uoyle finds redemption from a place that itself is bleak full of hardship and dying I found this to be poetic and strangely uplifting Its sort of the anti coming of age story No beautiful starry eyed twentysomething trotting off to exotic locations or big cities here Instead the story of a middle aged man who hates himself even than he hates his circumstance moving back to his modest roots finding a lot of darkness in the places he comes from He watches people fall on hard times and move away endures monotony deep cold harsh storms and odd forced relationships And in the midst of it he finds friendship love and his own self worth I just thought it was beautiful The scene near the end in which uoyle prepares to attend the wake for one of his close friends looks at his gigantic naked body in the mirror and feels a surge of joy to be such an honest and satisfying moment of redemption This dying place brings him to life and eventually for the first time in his life he finds joy and peace And he finds it in himself not in the circumstances around him It snuck up on me I didn't realize until it was too late how hard I had fallen for this lot