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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Book Beginnings: The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

Today I am linking up to Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader where readers share the first sentence of the current book they are reading.

"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. Hive-spangled, gut roaring with gas and cramp, he survived childhood; at the state university, hand clapped over his chin, he camouflaged torment with smiles and silence. Stumbled through his twenties and into his thirties learning to separate his feelings from his life, counting on nothing. He ate prodigiously, liked a ham knuckle, buttered spuds."

From the reader's first introduction of Quoyle it is apparent that he is a complicated character with a bleak beginning. Proulx has created a unique writing style that gives a raw voice to the storytelling. A physical image of Quoyle is set within the first paragraph, giving the reader an instant visual of the character that kick starts this story into action.

About the Book (from Annie Proulx's highly acclaimed, international bestseller and Pulitzer prize-winning novel, repackaged and promoted as part of the Perennial fiction promotion in 2008. Quoyle is a hapless, hopeless hack journalist living and working in New York. When his no-good wife is killed in a spectacular road accident, Quoyle heads for the land of his forefathers -- the remotest corner of far-flung Newfoundland. With 'the aunt' and his delinquent daughters -- Bunny and Sunshine -- in tow, Quoyle finds himself part of an unfolding, exhilarating Atlantic drama. 'The Shipping News' is an irresistible comedy of human life and possibility.

About the Author (from Edna Annie Proulx is an American journalist and author. She has written most frequently as Annie Proulx but has also used the names E. Annie Proulx and E.A. Proulx. Her second novel, The Shipping News (1993), won both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction and was adapted as a 2001 film of the same name. Her short story Brokeback Mountain was adapted as an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award-winning major motion picture released in 2005. She won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her first novel, Postcards.

Happy Reading,


  1. If it reads as a comedy, I'm all for it. I haven't read Proulx and this would be a good book to start.
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  2. I saw the film but have not read the book, which I'm sure is much better. In fact, I don't remember much about the movie except for a feeling that it was kind of weird.
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  3. The writing style is definitely unique! I like the mix between the almost nonchalant mentions of his suffering and yet the detailed attention given to his character! I hope you enjoy this one! Thanks for sharing :) Hope you have a great weekend!
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  4. I read the book and saw the movie...unforgettable! Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “SMALL BLESSINGS”

  5. This sounds amazing. Love the descriptions. Great writing style. Love her description of his eating. Is it difficult to follow?


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  6. Never heard of it and I see I'm in the minority. Maybe I should check it out sometime :)

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  7. Sounds like a character I recently met in a book titled 1984, Wintston Smith. I hope this character finds a hint of happiness and hope. Enjoy your read!

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  8. I remember when this movie came out! I never saw it because I wanted to read the book first and then I promptly forgot about it and have now neither read OR seen it. I like the excerpt! Thank you for reminding me of it!

  9. I remember reading this one. I remember Quoyle well. He's far from a perfect person, but something about him is quiet and lovable. I would like to read it again. Have always been curious about newFoundland.

  10. i can't even remember how long this has been on my TBR!



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