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The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
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The Shipping News (original 1993; edition 1994)

by E. Annie Proulx, Mary Bess Engel (Cover designer), David Blackwood (Cover artist)

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I really liked this book, we read the amazing first chapter in English class and I thought it would be a good book; it is. There is very well done symbolism especially the excerpt about knots that begins every chapter. Each one both epitomized the chapter and really changed what I thought of it. I truly loved it, the most thought provoking quotes I've read in a long time. As a lot of the other reviewers said, this is a very gentle plot but I like it, it wouldn't have fit to have a huge climax. The struggle with Bunny over sleeping vs death easy moved me, it tiptoed by while audio leaving me remembering how I still struggle with death ( )
  Lorem | Oct 25, 2014 |
I loved her use of consonants until I got tired of it. ( )
1 vote Diane-bpcb | Sep 1, 2014 |
You quickly fall into the main character's plight, mostly because the narrative reads so smoothly and the Newfoundland dialogue is especially realistic. A bit over-done on the symbolism, as each chapter defines a shipping term that means to carry greater meaning within each segment, but that is easily overcome. ( )
  Meghanista | Aug 24, 2014 |
Proulx's writing style is very attractive and fun to read. If half stars were available I'd give it 4.5. It's not really a five star but I'll give her the benefit of rounding up.

The story left me wanting more. It was enjoyable to watch the main character find something he wanted/needed. Then I wanted to see how finding that will change him.

Proulx's portrays a loser, struggling to succeed, without being sentimental or stupidly funny. She makes it touching and believable. She gets it just right.
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  DinoReader | Aug 21, 2014 |
This is one of those books that I feel like I should give a rave review, but I just can't. The characters are interesting, the setting is amazing, the writing is beautifully crafted, but I just never connected to the story and characters. I think I just must have not been in the right mood for it and I think I'll take the blame for not liking this one instead of blaming the book. One thing I did like was the little girl, Bunny. Maybe this will get a re-read sometime in the future to give it (or me) another chance. ( )
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It has been – astonishingly – fifteen years since I read the novel but its memory is undimmed, its glorious set pieces still vivid before my eyes.
 
In E. Annie Proulx's vigorous, quirky novel "The Shipping News," set in present-day Newfoundland, there are indeed a lot of drownings. The main characters are plagued by dangerous undercurrents, both in the physical world and in their own minds. But the local color, ribaldry and uncanny sorts of redemption of Ms. Proulx's third book of fiction keep the reader from slipping under, into the murk of loss.
 

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Epigraph
"In a knot of eight crossings, which is about the average-size knit. there are 256 different 'over-and-under' arrangements possible. . . Make only one change in this 'over and under' sequence and either an entirely different knot is made or no knot at all may result."

THE ASHLEY BOOK OF KNOTS
Quoyle: A coil of rope

"A Flemish flake is a spiral coil of one layer only. It is made on deck so that it may be walked on if necessary."


THE ASHLEY BOOK OF KNOTS
In the old days a love-sick sailor might send the object of his affections a length of fishline loosely tied in a true-lover's knot. If the knot as sent back as it came the relationship was static. If the knot returned home snugly drawn up the passion was reciprocated. But if the knot was capsized - tacit advice to ship out.
"The strangle knot will hold a coil well . . . It is first tied loosely and then worked snug."

THE ASHLEY BOOK OF KNOTS
"Cast Away, to be forced from a ship by a disaster."

THE MARINER'S DICTIONARY
Dedication
For Jon, Gillis and Morgan
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Here is an account of a few years in the life of Quoyle, born in Brooklyn and raised in a shuffle of dreary upstate towns.
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Walking keeps you smart.
fried bologna isn't bad.
Desire reversed to detestation like a rubber glove turned inside out.
We run a car wreck photo every week, whether we have a car wreck or not. That's our golden rule.
In Wyoming they name girls Skye, in Newfoundland it's Wavey.
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From the get-go, Quoyle is a loser. Not only is he physically unattractive with a "great damp loaf of a body," but he is also not too bright. His father despises him, and his brother, constantly taunts him. He drifts from job to job, never able to keep one for more than a few months. He gets married, only to have his wife sell their two daughters to a child pornographer and leave him. The Shipping News describes Quoyle's psychological and spiritual rebirth. Left with two children to raise after he rescues them, and no job, he returns to Newfoundland, the land of his ancestors. A sometime newspaper reporter, he gets a job reporting on shipping news with a local publication, and becomes a minor celebrity. Gradually he is transformed into a loving father and a valued neighbor.
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When Quoyle'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 Quoyle's struggle to reclaim his life. As Quoyle confronts his private demons   and the unpredictable forces of nature and society - he begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0671510053, Paperback)

In this touching and atmospheric novel set among the fishermen of Newfoundland, Proulx tells the story of Quoyle. From all outward appearances, Quoyle has gone through his first 36 years on earth as a big schlump of a loser. He's not attractive, he's not brilliant or witty or talented, and he's not the kind of person who typically assumes the central position in a novel. But Proulx creates a simple and compelling tale of Quoyle's psychological and spiritual growth. Along the way, we get to look in on the maritime beauty of what is probably a disappearing way of life.

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Surprising transformations take place when a newspaperman's elderly aunt and two daughters decide to move back to their family home on the coast of Newfoundland.

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