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Free download The Shipping News ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ä 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 rN 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. 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 uirky Newfies that is They are overweight or pock marked or not uite attractive in that left behind kind of way and they are all damaged in some way usually by the loss of loved ones to nature But the characters are small specks against the giant backdrop of rock sea and storms I'll call this an environmental novel of Newfoundland Man and woman against nature We think of an island as the intersection of land and water two systems but it's really the intersection of three earth systems land water and atmosphere Here we see Mother Nature in all her glory inflicting herself on the puny inhabitants of this rock coast Wind rain waves snow storms ice seafoam icebergs are really the main characters Shipping News is the antithesis of the beach book this is one for a good winter read by the fireplace or under the electric blanket

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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 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

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The Shipping NewsL 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. 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 unfinishedWhat got to me about this book was mainly Proulx's style was tooforced Nothing that occured felt real or believed by the author herself and it's not that I demand realism; One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of my favorites It's that I felt like I could see the mechanisms behind all of her tricksthe anecdotes that characters told felt like ideas Proulx kept on a notepad before compiling them together for this novel It read like the final project from a brilliant student finishing a course on creative writing I'm not saying Proulx isn't a good writerbut I don't see her as a storyteller