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Sat Aug 26 2000 at 1:31:57
E. Annie Proulx
. 352 pg. fiction.
This guy gets fucked over by his wife and by life in general.
A continuing raw deal from the cosmos.
He says to hell with it and moves to Newfoundland
with his bratty kids. This is the first bit of independence / self-actualization he's ever exhibited, and, predictably, he screws it up something fierce.
Job, weather, house, kids, all conspire to make Quoyl a very frustrated very sad man. What am I doing here, will I ever be happy. Things look up, things look down. He meets some people, some good some terrible. Eventually he has to make a Big Decision - it is clear what he has to do
to make his life robust and real
A well-done running reference to knots - the main character's name is derived from "coil" and each chapter begins with a description and illustration of a specific knot. Knots being
vital to Newfoundland fishermen
, and emotional knots being what most of the characters are tangled up in. Maybe a hokey allusion, but it works. Easy to read, excellent read out loud, language that wants you to savor it.
I like it!
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