Saturday, April 2

Book Review: The Shipping News

Title: The Shipping News

Author: Annie Proulx

Pages: 364

Summary: When Quolye's two-timing wife meets her just deserts, he retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local characters and family members all play a part in Quoyle's struggle to reclaim his life. As Quoyle confronts his private demons - and the unpredictable forces of nature and society - he begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery.

My Rating: 9/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This was one of those books that sat on the shelf for a long time, but was such a fantastic read - you wonder why it sat there for so long. It was an incredible book, with lovely almost poetic writing and excellent, well developed characters.

There was so much to this book I enjoyed, it's hard to know where to start. The writing was wonderful, I am looking forward to getting my hands on another book by the author. It was poetic, lyrical at times and it really captured the atmosphere and life in Newfoundland and the mood of the characters. It was a book that was hard to put down, because the writing drew you into the story.

As for the characters, while I don't have that one favourite character I could say I fell in love with, I did enjoy Quoyle. He was a bit of a wreck at times, a bit lost on how to live his life, but his journey and development was fleshed out and realistic. The story of Quoyle was slow but a good and engaging slow. I liked that the author took her time to explore his and the other characters stories and development - it made for a wonderful read.

There were a few minor things here and there I didn't like but overall I enjoyed the book a lot - it's a book that is well worth reading - and one well worth reading right away - especially over a weekend, instead of leaving it on the shelf for years. Excellent book overall.

Would I recommend it to read: I would. This was an excellent book - I do think some readers would be turned away by the style of writing, but the characters and story are so well written, it is definitely worth checking this book out.

What to read next: The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, more by the author

Challenges: 2016 Category Challenge, 9th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, New Author Challenge


  1. I've had this one on the shelf for a while too! I'm pretty sure I'll like it when I get to it and also wonder why it took me so long to read it :)

  2. Sounds like a good "literary" type book. Thanks for sharing. :)