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A vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary American family, The Shipping News shows why E. Annie Proulx is recognized as one of the most gifted and original writers in America today. When Quoyle, a 36-year-old, third rate newspaperman, learns that his two-timing wife has abandoned him and their two daughters, he returns to his ancestral home on the Newfoundland coast, where amongst locals and three generations of his family, he begins to rebuild his life. Newfoundland is a dreary rock in the north Atlantic beset by lousy weather. Proulx recreates this barren location in her vivid, distinctive prose and populates it with a cast of amusing, richly human characters. The transformation each of the characters undergoes following the move is profound. And Proulx creates a simple and compelling tale of Quoyle's psychological and spiritual growth as he confronts his private demons. Along the way, we catch a glimpse of the maritime beauty of what is probably a fading existence.
©1995 E. Annie Proulx, All Rights Reserved (P)1995 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Karen
  • 28/05/2007

Find the unabridged version!

Skip the abridged version of this book! I wasn't crazy about it, then decided to give the unabrdged version a chance and I'm SO glad I did. It's a superb book when read in full. I'd rate it 5 stars.



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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sandra
  • 07/11/2004

The Shipping News

This book is such a great read I couldn't put it down. It stayed in my thoughts when I couldn't read it, and I used any excuse to get back to it. A quirky, humorous and sad story, it is written as vividly as though the author was experiencing everything as she wrote. The characters are almost alive and kind of odd, having lived in a small community for so long. But the great thing is that everyone accepts the quirks of others, at least until the end.

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  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Howard
  • 14/08/2010

A Colossal Bore

All of the Pulitzer Prizes in the world (yes, this book won in 1994) can’t save “The Shipping News” from terminal boredom. Proulx belongs to a segment of the modern school which deemphasizes plot, which might work if the characters and their inner thoughts were fascinating. But this essentially plotless novel is populated by some very dull individuals. It’s one thing to write well, which Proulx does, but it’s another thing to have something to write about. If your want to read a book which celebrates ordinariness, this slight tale might be for you, but don’t be surprised if you, too, end up as bored as I was.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mary E. Johnson
  • 10/10/2007

Well Done

My 1st Annie Proulx novel, but certainly not my last. I chose the abridged version because I liked Robert Joy's voice. He seemed more Quoyle-like to me. Read the book, listened to the audio version and watched the movie. Time well spent.

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  • Susan
  • 30/11/2012

Good words, disappointing reader

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book is excellent

What did you like best about this story?

It is a compelling story of growth and human character

What didn’t you like about Robert Joy’s performance?

His voice is off putting, and detracted from the story.

Could you see The Shipping News being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

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  • Global
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  • Patti
  • 17/01/2011

Less Than Entertaining

The characters didn't interest me. They were sad-sack. The narration was okay. But everything about this story seemed lame. Don't waste your time or credit.

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  • Mollie
  • 10/11/2010

The Shipping News

I generally liked the book but thought something was missing. When it ended I found it was an abridged version, I realized a lot must have been left out. Didn't know to pay attention to this -thought audible books were all full versions.

  • Global
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  • Lee
  • 30/07/2010

this is one of my favorite books

I usually hate abridged versions but Robert Joy does an excellent job with these voices.

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  • Samantha
  • 25/01/2010

SO Kevin Spacey!

Awesome read, loved it, the character was made for Mr Spacey! Very enjoyable.

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  • Anna
  • 30/07/2006

Anna

From the description I thought this book would be good, but sadly I was disappointed. In the book, the author portrays Newfoundland as an awful, desolate place. The story was dreary, bleak and depressing. I am usually not this critical but felt compelled to leave a comment.

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  • folgren
  • 31/12/2007

Vom Glück

Kann man die Tragik des Lebens besser darstellen, als sie mit einem traurigen, aber weisen Lächeln auszustatten? Proulx schafft es in Schiffsmeldungen uns die Trauer einer Familie auf teils schreckliche Weise, teils in einem selbstironischem Ton zu erzählen, der wie bei stürmischer See in Landnähe das Licht eines Leuchtturms auf uns wirft. Irgendwo an Land hat das Menschliche überlebt. Es lohnt sich also, in sich zu suchen, auch wenn das bedeutet, daß man wie Quoyle seine Zelte irgendwo abbauen muß, um sie an einer rauen Küste sich selbst zu stellen. Ein wundervoller Roman über das Versagen, das Pech und eine Liebe, die unspektakulär daherkommt und vielleicht deswegen mehr Bestand hat als jegliche Dramatik.Manchmal reicht die Beschaulichkeit eines Beobachters für Schiffsmeldungen aus, um in ruhigere See zu gelangen und die Dämonen der Vergangenheit zu besiegen.