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am 27. Dezember 2013
Ein wirklich faszinierendes Buch - da halte ich mich also gar nicht so lange mit dem Inhalt auf, der doch ohnehin ständig in den Rezensionen und auf den Buchdeckeln beschrieben wurde. Faszinierend deshalb, weil die Sprache simpel scheint, aber gerade in der kurzgehaltenen Syntax und den kleinschrittigen Beschreibungen ungewöhnlich viel Dramatik und Hemdsärmeligkeit im Umgang mit Außenseitertum und den vielen großen und kleinen Katastrophen steckt, die mich als Leserin nachhaltig packt. Einerseits komme ich aus dem eigenen Alltagsgedöns gut raus während der Lektüre (ein eskapistischer Effekt), andererseits erhöht sich beim Lesen auch die Achtsamkeit im Umgang mit scheinbar kleinen, wertlosen Dingen, die doch so unschätzbar sind, wenn wir im Leben (ob im Roman oder im sogenannten wahren Dasein) Halt und Ruhe suchen. Da können Beziehungen, Umzüge und bewusst vollzogene Veränderungen ebenso wie bestimmte Seilknoten wieder anknüpfen helfen an soziale und geographische Ruhepunkte. Und Ruhe und Aussöhnung mit den leider oft sehr fiesen Überraschungen des Schicksals können wir doch wohl immer brauchen. Damit uns nicht der Mut verlässt, immer wieder neu anzufangen und weiterzumachen.
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am 8. Januar 2012
Mich hat "The Shipping News" vom Hocker gehauen - welch eine Erzählstimme voller Kraft und Leidenschaft! Die Charaktere sind allesamt außergewöhnlich, manchmal gar bizarr, und gleichzeitig so dreidimensional und liebevoll gezeichnet. Die Handlung hat mich schier weggerissen, so wuchtig war sie, und das karge, harte Neufundland ebenso. Der Erzählstil ist fantastisch mit seiner elliptischen Kürze und seiner harten Prägnanz. Viele der Szenen und Protagonisten haben sich in mein Gedächtnis gebrannt, so greifbar und mitreißend sind sie geschildert.

Annie Proulx hat hier ein Meisterwerk erschaffen, das seinesgleichen sucht. 6 Sterne.
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HALL OF FAMEam 12. August 2005
Annie Proulx, she has a very much endowed vein for fine-intimately spoken humor. Her novel SHIPPING NEWS won the Pulitzer Prize. The Swedish director Lasse Hallström ("The Cider House Rules", "What's eating Gilbert Grape" and "Chocolat") brought it full of genius to screen. It is a MUST to see the scene, where the ancestors of Quoyle (Kevin Spacey) are pulling by rope their house across the ice. The pictures shot on location (Killick-Claw, a Newfoundland harbor town) are simply wonderful. But at first you have to endure the coming in-chapter: a bad life in New York, where Quoyle is overwhelmed by hussy type Petal (Cate Blanchett), a wild, hot-blooded woman, wearing a ton of make-up and short rubber mini-skirts, always looking for excitement with good time guys and honky-tonks, by whom Quoyle has a child, Bunny. Petal soon dies in a car crash with one of her boyfriends, short after Bunny was sold by her to a black-market child adoption ring for six thousand dollars. Moreover Quoyle's parents commit suicide. In this terrible situation (daughter Bunny is found by police) Aunt Agnes Hamm (Judi Dench) appears and Quoyle is convinced by her to move to their ancestral home on the Newfoundland coast. Quoyle takes a job as a reporter for the local newspaper The Gammy Bird and starts to rebuild his life, though the weight of an awful past bears down. Encouraged by the publisher Jack Buggit (Scott Glenn) and by Wavey Prowse (Julianne Moore), the owner of a day care center, Quoyle has to change his loser-life fighting against his demons and the demons of his ancestors. Also Aunt Angie or the "widow" Wavey have their nightmares, but together they get all problems under control. For example the mobbing of an oil-tanker-adoring journalist (Pete Postlethwaite) or getting overboard without a life-belt or losing the house tethered on a storm-wracked cliff during a heavy, cathartic storm. (And at the side there is a romance between Quoyle's daughter Bunny and Moore's son, who suffered brain damage during birth.) Spacey and Moore are wonderful as they, at her lowest point, try to overcome their damaged hearts and love once more. So they all recover from the terrors of their past lives, especially Quoyle's transformation from passive victim into a whole human being is heart-felt. It is good to see films like that, just a shame there is not more.
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am 18. September 2000
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx is a regional fictional novel that takes place in the isolated Newfoundland village of Killick - Claw. Quoyle, a middle aged man whose ancestors lived in Newfoundland returns there with his two daughters and aunt to start a new life and forget about his depressing, embarrassing past. The small town life of Killick - Claw, the starkly cruel coastline, the haunting history of Quoyle's ancestors, and a group of unforgettably unique characters who find there way into his life, help create a foundation for Quoyle to build on. Proulx is very successful in connecting all of these distinct parts and showing how they all help Quoyle start a new life. As the odd family of four starts figuring out how to fit into the culture, society, and natural setting of Killick - Claw, the reader learns to do the same with E. Annie Proulx's short, chopped writing style. The barebones lifestyle consisting of only the necessities that Quoyle learns to live is directly reflected in the writing style the author uses to portray it. Sentences are often not grammatically complete but always succeed in depicting Proulx's complete meaning. The actual text tells us: "A rough morning. Quoyle jumped down the steps. He would drive." We know, from these eleven words, what the setting is, who is involved, what he is thinking, and his plans for the morning. Without this reflective, no-nonsense writing style, Quoyle and his northern world would not be complete. Without Quoyle and Newfoundland to write about, this writing style might seem silly. As regional fiction, this novel does an excellent job of showing the importance of setting. After reading it I have an extremely clear impression of this particular section of Newfoundland coast, the points, the bays, the islands, the towns, and the isolated position of all of it. This impression of isolation is demonstrated by a description of the lack of real roads available to take Quoyle and his family from their old lives up to their remote destination in Newfoundland. On every rural road it is "Quoyle and the car in combat. Car Disintegrates on Remote Goatpath." The feeling of isolation seems to compress as they continue driving and fog descends. It is compressed so far as to seemingly turn into their destination, the lone house on the point where the aunt grew up. As they approach the house, "green of grass stain, tilted in fog," the isolation it represents seeps into them. The local setting consists of this half forgotten house, weather beaten and dilapidated, which Quoyle strives to make livable year round; the town where he covers 'the shipping news' in the local paper; the bay separating the two and causing him many uncomfortable moments concerning his distaste for boats; and the vast, rugged, ocean and coastline surrounding and intimidating him. This book makes me want to go to Newfoundland. I feel as if I could walk into the village, find my way to the 'Gammy Bird' newspaper office and greet all of Quoyle's co-workers by name. I would be prepared for the rural, isolated, aspect of the setting, and the idea that you take what comes at you and make the best of it for yourself.
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E. Annie Proulx has a gift for describing the ocean that even the late Jacques Cousteau might envy. At one point in this otherwise overrated story, she describes an unruffled bay as "an aluminum tray dotted with paper boats." And she's equally vivid when the weather turns nasty: "Translucent thirty-foot combers the color of bottles crashed onto stone, coursed bubbles into a churning lake of milk shot with foam."
Unfortunately, dead-on maritime observation and the main character's amusing habit of thinking in headlines can't by themselves redeem a meandering plot whose revelations are telegraphed whole chapters in advance of their appearance. Notice, too, that nearly every reviewer swoons over the Proulx style. Her writing is described as "staccato," "atmospheric," "vivid," and "unique." Phooey! Clerks at Western Union have been writing this way for decades. Proulx simply gets more mileage from sentence fragments than anyone else. It's a good trick, but it verges on self-parody after awhile. Some of us still believe that the best writing styles are the ones you don't notice. Bottom line: while reading this book, I stopped to read three others.
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am 13. Juni 1997
This quirky slice-of-life tale of awakening love and self actualization in New Foundland was a pleasure to read. Getting into the author's rythms took awhile but once the mist clears (literally) in the setting of the Newfoundland bays the characters come to life and soar. I've seldom read such well-drawn characters; in a few bold strokes you feel comfortable with Quoyle, his children, the Aunt, Wavey and all the colorful colleges at the shipping news. You really come to know them as friends. Every character makes an indelible mark in your imagination. Some passages are breathtakingly beautiful and exiting. The local idioms/speech and humor are a well observed delight. Clever use is made of the book of knots to frame the action and themes. Headlines internal to the main character are witty and insightful. Dark edges of life are included in the spirit of journalistic sensationalism.
A great summer read!
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am 4. Juli 2009
The Shipping News
Dieser Roman braucht einfach keine Rezension von irgendeinem Leser mehr. Wer ihn noch nicht kennt und Lust auf einen trocken-lakonisch humorvoll geschriebenen Roman hat: zugreifen. Die deutsche Übersetzung ist übrigens auch sehr gut
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am 6. Mai 1999
I was assigned "The Shipping News" for my Senior English class and it invoked rather indifferent feelings. I appreciated Proulx's unique, pensive, and insightful descriptions of everyday objects and occurences that often go unnoticed. There is an underlying humor in the quirkyness of the character's lives and experiences that adds enjoyment to the reading. However, the plot is rather dull as well as the lives of the characters in the book. It is similar to Faulkner's " As I Lay Dying" in the fact that it deals with the stream of conciousness of the characters,psychology,and choppy, matter of fact sentences. I highly recommend the book to readers who appreciate unique, offbeat writing styles, and the development of character's subconcious minds. However, for the reader who is engaged by exciting, action filled literature, this book is not for you; you will find it extremely difficult to become engaged in it and be enthusiastic to be following the lives of the characters. " The Shipping News" is highly recommended for careful readers who are appreciative of unique descriptions and the development of the mind and lives of ordinary people.
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am 6. Mai 1999
When I began reading The Shipping News for my 12th grade English class, my teacher warned the class that the writing style was somewhat difficult to adjust to. This was an enormous understatement. Proulx writes in choppy fragments, causing the reader to constantly question what she is actually trying to say. Her descriptions are drawn out with very little actual plot. (200 pages describing the nature of Newfoundland may be beautiful, but it isn't really a novel). Although the book is supposed to describe Quoyle's growth and development as a character, it seems that only the situation around him improves, while Quoyle himself doesn't really change. Unfortunately I was never able to adjust myself to the writing style or attach myself to the characters. I'm sorry to say that this is one of the worst books that I've ever read.
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am 10. Juli 1999
i saw one review that compared this novel to those of one of my favorite authors, john irving. not even close... his books are full of intruiging plotlines and characters that make you wish you'd never get to the end of those 600-something pages. this one, in comparison, contains nothing but fragmented description of a mediocre character and the banality of his life. i even liked her sentence structure at first, but that was a novelty definitely not strong enough to carry me through the book, which i finally gave up on on page 307, though i shouldnt have waited nearly that long. this kind of novel apparently appeals to some people, but if you like books that contain characters you actually enjoy reading about and great plotlines, try john irving. not this.
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