The Shipping News by Annie Proulx audiobook

The Shipping News

By Annie Proulx
Read by Robert Joy

Simon & Schuster Audio
5.13 Hours Abridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9780743540575

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News is a vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary North American family.Quoyle, a third-rate newspaper hack, with a “head shaped like a crenshaw, no neck, reddish hair...features as bunched as kissed fingertips,” is wrenched violently out of his workaday life when his two-timing wife meets her just desserts. An aunt convinces Quoyle and his two emotionally disturbed daughters to return with her to the starkly beautiful coastal landscape of their ancestral home in Newfoundland. Here, on desolate Quoyle’s Point, in a house empty except for a few mementos of the family’s unsavory past, the battered members of three generations try to cobble up new lives. Newfoundland is a country of coast and cove where the mercury rarely rises above seventy degrees, the local culinary delicacy is cod cheeks, and it’s easier to travel by boat and snowmobile than on anything with wheels. In this harsh place of cruel storms, a collapsing fishery, and chronic unemployment, the aunt sets up as a yacht upholsterer in nearby Killick-Claw, and Quoyle finds a job reporting the shipping news for the local weekly, the Gammy Bird (a paper that specializes in sexual-abuse stories and grisly photos of car accidents). As the long winter closes its jaws of ice, each of the Quoyles confronts private demons, reels from catastrophe to minor triumph—in the company of the obsequious Mavis Bangs; Diddy Shovel the strongman; drowned Herald Prowse; cane-twirling Beety; Nutbeem, who steals foreign news from the radio; a demented cousin the aunt refuses to recognize; the much-zippered Alvin Yark; silent Wavey; and old Billy Pretty, with his bag of secrets. By the time of the spring storms Quoyle has learned how to gut cod, to escape from a pickle jar, and to tie a true lover’s knot.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Winner of the 1993 National Book Award for Fiction

Winner of the 1993 Irish Times/Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize

A 1993 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A 1995 Book Sense Book of the Year Nominee

A USA Today bestseller

An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News is a vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary North American family.

Quoyle, a third-rate newspaper hack, with a “head shaped like a crenshaw, no neck, reddish hair...features as bunched as kissed fingertips,” is wrenched violently out of his workaday life when his two-timing wife meets her just desserts. An aunt convinces Quoyle and his two emotionally disturbed daughters to return with her to the starkly beautiful coastal landscape of their ancestral home in Newfoundland. Here, on desolate Quoyle’s Point, in a house empty except for a few mementos of the family’s unsavory past, the battered members of three generations try to cobble up new lives.

Newfoundland is a country of coast and cove where the mercury rarely rises above seventy degrees, the local culinary delicacy is cod cheeks, and it’s easier to travel by boat and snowmobile than on anything with wheels. In this harsh place of cruel storms, a collapsing fishery, and chronic unemployment, the aunt sets up as a yacht upholsterer in nearby Killick-Claw, and Quoyle finds a job reporting the shipping news for the local weekly, the Gammy Bird (a paper that specializes in sexual-abuse stories and grisly photos of car accidents).

As the long winter closes its jaws of ice, each of the Quoyles confronts private demons, reels from catastrophe to minor triumph—in the company of the obsequious Mavis Bangs; Diddy Shovel the strongman; drowned Herald Prowse; cane-twirling Beety; Nutbeem, who steals foreign news from the radio; a demented cousin the aunt refuses to recognize; the much-zippered Alvin Yark; silent Wavey; and old Billy Pretty, with his bag of secrets. By the time of the spring storms Quoyle has learned how to gut cod, to escape from a pickle jar, and to tie a true lover’s knot.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Vigorous, quirky…displays Ms. Proulx’s surreal humor and her zest for the strange foibles of humanity.” New York Times Book Review
“Here is a novel that reinvents the tale and gives us a hero for our times.” Washington Post Book World
“Strikingly original, richly energetic…A stunning book, full of magic and portent. The Shipping News is alive in every sense of the word.” Boston Sunday Globe
“The writing is charged with sardonic wit—alive, funny, a little threatening; packed with brilliantly original images…and, now and then, a sentence that simply takes your breath away.” USA Today
“This darkly comic, wonderfully inventive work…transforms the lore of Newfoundland—including shipwrecks, nautical knot-tying, horrid weather, and family legend—into brilliant literary art.”  Amazon.com editorial review
“An extraordinary…novel…[Proulx] is in her element both when creating haunting images and when lyrically rendering a routine of gray, cold days filled with cold cheeks, squidburgers, fried bologna, and the sea.”  Publishers Weekly

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 5.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English