Annie Proulx - The Shipping News

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  • Annie Proulx's Shipping News: An uplifting book about food , misery and insurance

    Oct 29, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: In a quiet way, uplifting and gently humourous
    Cons: Suffers from typical writer obsessions with food, flora and fauna.

    Summary: Many years ago, a co-worker/friend of mine (Jeff) highly recommended The Shipping News to me, saying "You'll love it! It's about this depressed guy who winds up in Newfoundland writing about boats. The humour is just like yours, deadpan and dry. ... read more

  • This book won a what?

    Nov 21, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It has what might be described as a subtle humor that permeates the book.
    Cons: Annoying "style" of writing, vague plot,shallow characters and not much point.

    Summary: I heard this book won a Pulitzer Prize. Moreover, it won a National Book Award and several other prizes, My son-in-law loved it; he gave it to my wife to read. She loved it. My son-in-law is an English Professor. My wife is..well, ...my wife. How could I ... read more

  • Life in a Northern Town

    May 3, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Has some funny moments, quietly moving, unique setting and characters.
    Cons: Hard to read at first, lack of definite plot, not enough comedy.

    Summary: One of my problems is that I tend to read books just because it won an award. I feel like I owe it to myself. So when I opened a Christmas present and saw from the cover’s proclamation that The Shipping News had won the Pulitzer Prize I thought, “ ... read more

  • A tale worth telling.....

    Nov 20, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very different story line and writing style...both totally intriguing!
    Cons: Maybe the writing style....until you get used to it.

    Summary: This is the first Annie Proulx work I've read..and only did so because it was our book club's selection. I found it to be engrossing, insightful, and interesting. Proulx's writing style was so different that it took me a while to get used to her ... read more

  • The Author Is the Last to Know

    Jul 27, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Ms. Proulx tells basic truths of life
    Cons: Includes some difficult-to-understand moments and dull details necessary to the ebb and flow of life

    Summary: In an interview on www.theatlantic.com (11/12/97) E. Annie Proulx suggests that the "happy ending" of THE SHIPPING NEWS is an irony and merely the absence of pain. Like her protagonist, Quoyle, she believes that most people settle for situations that ... read more

  • "The Depressing News"

    Dec 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Well-paced
    Cons: I couldn't buy the plot at all;unattractive in every way

    Summary: Wow! When my book club decided to read this book based on others' recommendations, and a Pulitzer prize, you'd expect certain standards. Okay, so the story kept your interest, but in a morbid, what's-going-to happen-to-this-loser-next sort of way. ... read more

  • Write your own Pulitzer Prize winning novel!

    Oct 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Some dark humor, somewhat lovable characters.
    Cons: Almost no character development, plotline next to nil.

    Summary: Want to win next years Pulitzers? Here is the simple way to do it: 1) Create a character that is a misanthrope. You don't need them to be a hunchback, but having sexual hang-ups and/or growing up abused is a good start. 2) Write a ... read more

  • Hearts Heal On The Rock

    Oct 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: lively original writing; great characters; a tale as strange as any truth
    Cons: fragmented sentences a recurring technique

    Summary: ”Hive spangled, gut roaring with gas and cramp, he survived childhood.”. P.1 Thirty-six year old Quoyle, a born loser, relocates from the States with his two young daughters to their ancestral home in Newfoundland -- his unfaithful and ... read more

  • Could have been better

    Jun 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: well written
    Cons: it just doesn't have that spark

    Summary: Quoyle is a large, awkward man with not much luck. He joins a newspaper in an American city until he meets his wife. Petal is a demanding, unfaithful woman who spends much of her time at bars and sleeping around with different men. She hates her two ... read more

  • An Old Story in a New Found Land

    Apr 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Character development, unique setting
    Cons: Choppy style -- but readable

    Summary: It has been at least three or four years since I read E. Annie Proulx' The Shipping News, but it remains fresh as I recall my first encounter with her unusually abrupt, often choppy writing style. It did not take long, however, to become comfortable ... read more

  • A Good Friend

    Apr 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Clear, beautifully written
    Cons: n/a

    Summary: I care about the characters in this book. I have grown to love them, wonder what their lives are doing when I'm not there reading. The images are as clear as paintings and as sharp and beautiful. The author's perceptive gaze into the hearts and minds ... read more

  • Shipping News Doesn't Live Up to the Hype

    Mar 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Creative
    Cons: Jarring writing style, a dull protagonist, and a depressing story

    Summary: Everything that glitters is not gold, and everything that wins a Pulitzer Prize is not good. Even a best-selling book like The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx, which won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Irish Times International ... read more

  • A K. Johnson Review

    Mar 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Author creates story with literary risks that define its atmosphere
    Cons: Not all of the risks work fully

    Summary: Annie Proulx has written a novel that seems to defy all the rules of a novel, and yet, in a strange way the reader can't understand, it seems to work. Even when the reader is certain shouldn't. The author breaks these rules without disturbing their ... read more

  • Knot Your Average Book

    Jan 31, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: wonderful story lines and good characters
    Cons: "difficult" writing style to read

    Summary: This book is written in a very unusual style. Once I got used to it, I enjoyed that aspect of it very much. It was not difficult, exactly, but required more effort and attention than the average book. Ms. Proulx has a lot of depth in her use of words ... read more

  • It's Worth Sticking it Out

    Dec 21, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fabulous slice of (a very strange) life
    Cons: Difficult narrative style

    Summary: The Shipping news is not a book you can't put down. In fact, I put it down a number of times thinking I would never pick it up again. However, the characters had a way of compelling me back to see just how it might all end. Yes, it's a slow mover. But, ... read more

  • Not quite Newfoundland...

    Oct 17, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: interesting, good love story
    Cons: fiction shouldn't be compared to fact

    Summary: E. Annie Proulx spends part of the year in Newfoundland, which is why she seems to think she knows the island well. Some parts of this book show that - other's don't. Newfoundland does have odd place names, like "Dildo" and "Heart's ... read more

  • Fantastic book, captivating and funny

    Oct 16, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: beautifully written, with a quiet humor
    Cons: difficult to get going

    Summary: This is one of those books that stays with you. Little glimpses will pop into your head years after you read it. It is lyrically written and funny to boot. I read it in a book club, and many members had trouble getting into it, or simply gave up. I ... read more

  • accordion crimes is better

    Sep 28, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: beginning, humor, main character
    Cons: trails off toward the middle, ends flat

    Summary: I read the Shipping News when it came out a few years ago, and I enjoyed it. However, years later it doesn't stay with me very clearly. I do remember that it started off very strong and humorously. The main character, a sort of sad-sack loser working in ... read more

  • Excellent Book

    Jul 12, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Book, Great Characters, Very vivid descriptions
    Cons: Too short.

    Summary: WOW ! What a book. Even after three years of reading and re-reading I still cannot believe how good it is. I never knew the author before, and she has not written anything quite as good since then... but this book makes up for the other ... read more

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