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The Shipping News


To tie-in with the film of The Shipping News starring Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench. Annie Proulx's highly acclaimed, ... Show synopsis

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  • Shipping news Sep 12, 2008
    by Neville

    E. Annie Proulx is an excellent writer, but for me, I liked the film version better.

  • A modern classic, by a peerless storyteller Jul 3, 2008
    by JeffwithaJ

    Annie Proulx is more than just a great short-story writer: She's one of the best authors alive today. Whether you read her short-fiction collections (like "Close Range: Wyoming Stories," which includes the story "Brokeback Mountain") or her novels (like "Accordion Crimes"), you're in for a remarkable experience.

    And "The Shipping News" is absolutely remarkable indeed. My experience with this book was much different than that of fellow reviewer "emmagrace," so I respectfully disagree and offer up my opinion.

    To me, "The Shipping News" is one of the most innovative and groundbreaking books of the last 25 years. Proulx utilizes a writing style in this book that is unique and brilliant--short, incomplete sentences pairing unexpected word combinations, as well as her now-trademark penchant for the sparse, the desperate, and the unexpected. It's not always an easy read. But the challenge pays off via the story she tells. Even the greatest literature could be reduced to a "boy meets girl, boy loses girl, Romeo and Juliet commit suicide together" type synopsis utilized by "emmagrace" in her review. For me, however, I loved Proulx's story and her characters--the odd, quirky, totally original protagonist Quoyle being a personal favorite from among all the books I've read. Besides, the biggest plot-line payoff is on the last pages of the book, so if you don't finish the novel you definitely miss the point of the entire journey.

    "The Shipping News" won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and The National Book Award, among other prestigious awards. It deserved these honors, my five stars in this review, and your attention, if you're looking for an engaging story, original characters, and an author at the top of her game.

  • ugh Mar 16, 2007
    by emmagrace

    Annie Proulx is an excellent short story writer, and this book is no exception. The story is about a loser who moves to Nova Scotia with his kid after a divorce. He has self-esteem issues, and nobody loves him. He takes a job at the local newspaper reporting on the shipping news. He meets a crusty old lady to whom he is distantly related. He starts dating another woman who is a much better person than his trashy ex-wife. And that's pretty much all I could take of this book. I couldn't make myself finish it because it was *so* *utterly* *boring*.

    I was truly disappointed because I have read many of Annie Proulx's short stories, and I have greatly enjoyed them. I never thought I'd dislike anything by her this much.

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