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Annie Proulx

Autor(a) de The Shipping News

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About the Author

Edna Annie Proulx was born in Norwich, Connecticut on August 22, 1935. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1969 and earned an M. A. from Sir George Williams University in Montreal in 1973. She was a journalist, wrote nonfiction articles for numerous publications, and was the author of mostrar mais several "how-to" books before beginning to write fiction in her 50s. She became the first woman to win the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, for her debut novel Postcards. Her novel The Shipping News won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award in 1994. Accordion Crimes, published in 1996, won the Dos Passos Prize for literature. She also won the O. Henry prize for the year's best short story twice; in 1998 for Brokeback Mountain and in 1999 for The Mud Below. She has written more than 50 articles and stories for periodicals and edited Best American Short Stories of 1997. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de Annie Proulx

The Shipping News (1993) 13,493 cópias
Close Range (1999) 3,466 cópias
Accordion Crimes (1996) 2,868 cópias
Brokeback Mountain (1997) 2,724 cópias
Postcards (1992) 2,026 cópias
That Old Ace in the Hole (2002) 1,818 cópias
Barkskins (2016) 1,563 cópias
Bad Dirt (2004) 1,081 cópias
Fine Just the Way It Is (2008) 744 cópias
Bird Cloud: A Memoir (2011) 440 cópias
The Best American Short Stories 1997 (1997) — Editor & Introduction — 337 cópias
Making the Best Apple Cider (1983) 67 cópias
Steenstad (1988) 6 cópias
Storie del Wyoming (2006) 2 cópias
The Half-Skinned Steer 1 exemplar(es)
Proulx, Annie Archive 1 exemplar(es)
Them Old Cowboy Songs 1 exemplar(es)
1997 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories of the Century (2000) — Contribuinte — 1,571 cópias
The Best American Short Stories 2004 (2004) — Contribuinte — 557 cópias
The Power of the Dog (1967) — Tradutor, algumas edições556 cópias
Brokeback Mountain [2005 film] (2005) — Original story — 533 cópias
The Best American Short Stories 1999 (1999) — Contribuinte — 455 cópias
Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from the New York Times (2001) — Contribuinte — 447 cópias
The Best American Short Stories 1998 (1998) — Contribuinte — 406 cópias
The Best American Short Stories 2000 (2000) — Contribuinte — 397 cópias
The Best American Short Stories 2009 (2009) — Contribuinte — 362 cópias
The New Granta Book of the American Short Story (2007) — Contribuinte — 214 cópias
The Best American Travel Writing 2011 (2010) — Contribuinte — 155 cópias
The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction (2008) — Contribuinte — 127 cópias
The Best American Mystery Stories 2014 (2014) — Contribuinte — 93 cópias
Without a Guide: Contemporary Women's Travel Adventures (1994) — Contribuinte — 61 cópias
The Vintage Book of American Women Writers (2011) — Contribuinte — 56 cópias
Storm: Stories of Survival from Land and Sea (2000) — Contribuinte — 46 cópias
The Second Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1997) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
Horse Stories (2012) — Contribuinte — 16 cópias
Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology (2014) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
Presentask med fyra noveller om kärlek II (2020) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Journeys (1996) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


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Group Read: Barkskins by Annie Proulx em 75 Books Challenge for 2018 (Março 2018)
Annie Proulx em Other People's Libraries (Julho 2016)


I myself am a habit-bound creature, and have a hard time breaking out of my routines. But the rewards of actually scooching outside of your established patterns can be high indeed. And finding the kind of ordinary bravery that it takes to make a change in your circumstances and how powerfully doing so can change you for the better, is what for me was at the heart of Annie Proulx's The Shipping News. Our protagonist, Quoyle (his last name, he's never given a first name), grew up the less-loved son of a cruel father. He's a big man, not particularly attractive nor particularly mentally gifted, and with the kind of aura of pathetic sadness that people seem to avoid almost in fear that it'll be catching.

He ends up working at a newspaper, and then meets and somehow marries Petal, who is lovely but unhinged, and manages to have two daughters with her. She quickly comes to loathe Quoyle, and is constantly and obviously unfaithful. She finally leaves him, but karma comes around fast and she's killed in a car accident almost immediately afterwards, leaving him a despondent widower and single father. Luckily, this is when his father's sister turns up and invites him to join her in returning to the small coastal town she and Quoyle's father grew up in: a place called Killick-Claw in Newfoundland.

Not having any other real options, Quoyle accepts and gets a job covering car crashes and shipping news for the local paper, The Gammy Bird. Over time, he develops real and deep friendships with the other townspeople, and grows closer to a young widow raising a child of her own. These slow developments in Killick-Claw make up both the bulk of the book (the plot is pretty front-loaded) and the meat of the book: Quoyle coming into his own is what it's actually about more than anything else.
This book seems like it should be tailor-made for me: small-town life, lovely prose, character study. But it just never quite clicked, much to my regret. Proulx's writing is fantastic, lovely and evocative without going into purple territory. She builds Quoyle bit by bit, showing you who he is without telling you...Quoyle's constant demonstrations of affection and concern to his daughters makes it clear how deeply important they are to him without Proulx having to spell it out. But I think it was my issues with Petal that torpedoed it for me. Besides her preposterous name (Petal Bear? really?), she couldn't have been more of a two-dimensional character: she is hateful and cruel and it's not enough to have her cheat on him, she has to bring men to their house to do it. It's not enough for her to eventually leave with the girls, she has to sell them to a pornographer (obviously they are recovered). I could believe that the kicked-dog of a man he is in the beginning would continue to love her despite the cheating, but after she tries to sell their kids like that, I can't believe that anyone would so easily forgive and hold on to that relationship as their great love affair. And since his slow process of recovery in a new place constantly references her and their tragic "love", I never could quite buy into it. Just never came together for me the way I wanted it to.
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ghneumann | outras 250 resenhas | Jun 14, 2024 |
“There was some open space between what he knew and what he tried to believe, but nothing could be done about it, and if you can’t fix it you’ve got to stand it.”

Devastating. Beautiful. Proulx is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
womanhollering | outras 98 resenhas | May 21, 2024 |
Read 100 pages & concluded: Who cares?
Abcdarian | outras 33 resenhas | May 18, 2024 |
Wow. I sobbed. This short story is packed with such heavy emotion.
Connverser | outras 98 resenhas | Apr 25, 2024 |


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