Barkskins

Author: Annie Proulx
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476771820
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Barkskins. Finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Best Novel A New York Times Notable Book A Washington Post Best Book of the Year From the Pulitzer Prize-­­winning author of The Shipping News and “Brokeback Mountain,” comes the New York Times bestselling epic about the demise of the world’s forests: “Barkskins is grand entertainment in the tradition of Dickens and Tolstoy…the crowning achievement of Annie Proulx’s distinguished career, but also perhaps the greatest environmental novel ever written” (San Francisco Chronicle). In the late seventeenth century two young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters—barkskins. René suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a native woman and their descendants live trapped between two cultures. But Duquet runs away, becomes a fur trader, then sets up a timber business. Annie Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years—their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand—the revenge of rivals, accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, and cultural annihilation. Over and over, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse. “A stunning, bracing, full-tilt ride through three hundred years of US and Canadian history…with the type of full-immersion plot that keeps you curled in your chair, reluctant to stop reading” (Elle), Barkskins showcases Proulx’s inimitable genius of creating characters who are so vivid that we follow them with fierce attention. “This is Proulx at the height of her powers as an irreplaceable American voice” (Entertainment Weekly, Grade A), and Barkskins “is an awesome monument of a book” (The Washington Post)—“the masterpiece she was meant to write” (The Boston Globe). As Anthony Doerr says, “This magnificent novel possesses the dark humor of The Shipping News and the social awareness of ‘Brokeback Mountain.’”

Barkskins

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Publisher: Instaread
ISBN: 168378412X
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Barkskins. Barkskins by Annie Proulx | Summary & Analysis Preview: Barkskins by Annie Proulx is a novel about settler colonialism in North America and the eradication of the boreal forest and its native inhabitants. The novel spans 300 years tracing the family lineages of two Frenchmen, Charles Duquet and René Sel. In the late seventeenth century, Duquet and Sel, two poor indentured servants, arrive in the wild, seemingly infinite coniferous forest of New France. Their master, Claude Trépagny, tasks them with cutting trees to clear the land for a new maize plot. He tells them that after three years of servitude they will receive their own land to work. Soon after, the enterprising Duquet runs away to join the fur trade. Sel, a skilled woodsman, remains. But then Trépagny forces Sel to marry Mari, an older Mi’kmaw woman with whom Trépagny had been living, so that Trépagny can marry a wealthy Frenchwoman. In exchange for Sel’s cooperation, Trépagny gives the young man… PLEASE NOTE: This is summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary of Barkskins: · Summary of the Book · Important People · Character Analysis · Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways, summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience.

Barkskins

Author: Annie Proulx
Publisher: Fourth Estate
ISBN: 9780007232017
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Barkskins. A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 'One of the greatest American writers' Independent From Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize-�winning author of The Shipping News and "Brokeback Mountain," comes her masterwork: an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about the taking down of the world's forests. In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, Ren� Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a "seigneur," for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters - barkskins. Ren� suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a Mi'kmaw woman and their descendants live trapped between two inimical cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless, runs away from the seigneur, becomes a fur trader, then sets up a timber business. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years - their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions; the revenge of rivals; accidents; pestilence; Indian attacks; and cultural annihilation. Over and over again, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse. Proulx's inimitable genius is her creation of characters who are so vivid - in their greed, lust, vengefulness, or their simple compassion and hope - that we follow them with fierce attention. Annie Proulx is one of the most formidable and compelling American writers, and Barkskins is her greatest novel, a magnificent marriage of history and imagination.

The Shipping News

Author: Annie Proulx
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743519809
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The Shipping News. 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.

The Gates Of Sparak Th Ur

Author: Steve Jones Snr
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
ISBN: 1625169434
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The Gates Of Sparak Th Ur. THE JOURNEY CONTINUES ... With the aid of the druids of Sparak Th'ur, Garat and his companions traverse the mountains of the west, along the river of exiled souls to arrive in the Eastlands. They escaped the wrath of the Cannatii, even as the Cannatii leader, Baylsson, rails in anger at the escape of the young priest and the creation of the great rift in his lands. A great yawning chasm, torn in the ground by the power of the mountains of the west, cuts him off from half the northern continent. He orders his minions on the eastern side of the rift to find and kill the fleeing priest. Meanwhile, the druids of Sparak Th'ur set Garat's party on their designated paths to persuade the people of the Eastlands of the danger posed by the Cannatii, and to unite the Eastlands Barons into an army to oppose any barbarians who cross the mountains. The inspiration for The Waking of Carag Cri'eth, the first volume of The Thoughts of Mountains series, began with a view of the mountains of Slovakia. This is the second book of the series. Publisher's website: http: //sbprabooks.com/SteveJones

Author: Стівен Кінг
Publisher: Family Leisure Club
ISBN: 6171218332
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Author: Донна Тартт
Publisher: Family Leisure Club
ISBN: 6171212490
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. Видано 45 мовами! № 1 у списку 100 видатних книжок за версією The New York Times Отямившись після вибуху в музеї, тринадцятирічний Тео ще не розуміє, що там, під уламками, залишилися його матір і його дитинство. Пробираючись до виходу, повз каміння та тіла, він підбирає безцінну картину фламандського майстра, яку так любила його мати. Дивний старий, вмираючи, віддає йому свого персня та просить винести картину звідси... Тео буде кидати із родини в родину, із Нью-Йорка до Амстердама, із глибин відчаю до ейфорії. Викрадений «Щиголь» стане його прокляттям та надією на порятунок...

Author: Фоер Д. С.
Publisher: Family Leisure Club
ISBN: 9661499403
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Author: Пола Гоукінз
Publisher: Family Leisure Club
ISBN: 6171236594
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. Затон Утоплениць біля тихого англійського містечка. Над ним — стрімка скеля, з якої протягом століть стрибали чи просто падали в темну воду жінки. Письменниця Нел Ебботт, зачарована моторошними переказами та легендами, починає писати роман про це місце… А потім її тіло знаходять у затоні. Ведеться розслідування, і невдовзі стає зрозуміло, що мешканці містечка щось приховують. Їхню свідомість віками отруює зло, яке ховається в обтяжених чорними таємницями водах затону. Кожен із цих людей має свою зловісну таємницю. Чи встигне детектив Шон Таунсенд розгадати її до того, як вода затону прийме у свої глибини нову жертву?

Postcards

Author: Annie Proulx
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416588914
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Postcards. E. Annie Proulx's first novel, Postcards, winner of the 1993 Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction, tells the mesmerizing tale of Loyal Blood, who misspends a lifetime running from a crime so terrible that it renders him forever incapable of touching a woman. Blood's odyssey begins in 1944 and takes him across the country from his hardscrabble Vermont hill farm to New York, across Ohio, Minnesota, and Montana to British Columbia, on to North Dakota, Wyoming, and New Mexico and ends, today, in California, with Blood homeless and near mad. Along the way, he must live a hundred lives to survive, mining gold, growing beans, hunting fossils and trapping, prospecting for uranium, and ranching. In his absence, disaster befalls his family; greatest among their terrible losses are the hard-won values of endurance and pride that were the legacy of farm people rooted in generations of intimacy with soil, weather, plants, and seasons. Postcards chronicles the lives of the rural and the dispossessed and charts their territory with the historical verisimilitude and writerly prowess of Cather, Dreiser, and Faulkner. It is a new American classic.