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The Shipping News review ¿ 103 ò When uoyle's 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 local characters and family members all play a part in uoyle's struggle to reclaim his life As uoyle confronts his private demons and the unprediWhen uoyle's 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 local characters and family members a. During the years that I was the manager of a business I had the wonderful good fortune to have on staff many people originally from Newfoundland One aspect that I found fascinating is the similarities between that relatively small ‘rock’ and my holiday in southwest England many years ago In England I noticed that accents and the way certain things were said changed about every five miles The same is true with Newfoundland Definitions and phrases are different depending on where people lived The most interesting part is that even though they would use different terms for the same things they could still understand each other Well it’s all English after allThis story follows a family from New York to Newfoundland where uoyle’s family is from originally His Aunt travels with the family and is looking forward to a new start with uoyle and his two daughters in the place she had left behind nearly 50 years beforeThe writing is very different and interesting While they are in their small town in New York the sentences are terse choppy – very few articles and no conjunctions Tight compressed sentences that reflected their tight compressed existenceWhen they arrive at their destination everything changes – the sentences gradually grow and expand There are poetic turns of phrase mingled with the mangled English of the Newfoundlanders uoyle a would be journalist starts to turn out interesting articles for the newspaper whose owner still goes out fishing whenever he canI was enthralled with the people I met while reading and when this family saga ended of loves lost and found; of careers begun stalled and begun again; of friendships and warmth and caring; of dark times and sad times and cruel times and joyful times – when it all came to an end I felt I would give anything for a few like 10 or 20 chapters even though the ending is perfectThis novel won several prizes including both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize It is always a pleasure to me when a book I enjoy so much is given accolades and recognition and this one is a perfect example
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Igorous darkly comic and at times magical portrait of the contemporary North American family The Shipping News shows why Annie Proulx is recognized as one of the most gifted and original writers in America today.
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The Shipping NewsLl play a part in uoyle's struggle to reclaim his life As uoyle confronts his private demons and the unpredictable forces of nature and society he begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery A v. Like with almost every other Pulitzer darling we accompany the protagonist for the entire ride this one is exceptionally literary in that brave EveryMan type way This the prototype for the ever ambitious ever elusive Great semiAmerican Novel in which the elements of clever prose revampedrevisited personal histories of second chances and redemption are outstandingly clear and pitched at full blast Many novels read like this and usually the one in that particular year earns itself magnanimous acclaim Yes it tries to do everything right But why is this not a contemporary classic ahem Middlesex Because after all as the drama becomes elevated the protagonist becomes somewhat uninteresting As the atmosphere becomes a desolated desperate return to simplicity the token characters pile on the thesis being that with people around the sadness which is omnipresent is diminished The only way to succeed in life is to partake in it Bottom lineNo this one is not without its problems this is not Graham Greene it is not Toni Morrison it is not Geoffrey Eugenides after all Alas it suffers from similar ailments shared by other Pulitzer winners it is at times a tad too superficial A Visit from the Goon Suad; somewhat dull ish small insignificantish Breathing Lessons; dense American Pastoral or even a little too long overdone sorry Loneseome Dove it is thoroughly enjoyable too Which is NEVER a detractor from the overall experiencePS Several surprises await in the last 12 pages those readers who manage to reach the end So GET THERE people