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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; 1st Edition edition (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007231989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007231980
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annie Proulx's The Shipping News won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the National Book Award for Fiction, and the Irish Times International Fiction Prize. She is the author of two other novels: Postcards, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, and Accordion Crimes. She has also written two collections of short stories, Heart Songs and Other Stories and Close Range. In 2001, The Shipping News was made into a major motion picture. Annie Proulx lives in Wyoming and Newfoundland.

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Praise for Annie Proulx

‘Proulx's enchanting description, unparalleled sentence structure, and unwavering insight combine to reveal both the coldest and most resilient recesses of the human heart’ O, the Oprah Magazine

‘Ms. Proulx writes with all the brutal beauty of one of her Wyoming snowstorms’ Wall Street Journal

‘No one writes better about tough people in tough places’ USA Today

‘Annie Proulx is a genuine character-a true original. She has a shrewd understanding of people, a strong feeling for landscape…and a wry sense of humor rather like Mark Twain's’ Los Angeles Times

‘No ones writes about the West with the skeptical verve of Annie Proulx’ Outside

About the Author

Annie Proulx's books include the novel ‘The Shipping News’ and the story collection ‘Fine Just the Way It Is’. Her many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize and a PEN/Faulkner award. She lives in Wyoming.


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Oct. 2011
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I love Proulx's writing. Her sparse sentences are beautifully constructed, almost poetic, and she has such an affinity with the land she writes about you really feel at times as if you are there with her. This book is rather different from her novels and short stories however. It is a kind of memoir in which she talks about and tries to examine why a sense of place is so important to her. The book is split into three roughly equal sections. In the first she talks about her family tree and about searching for the part of herself that both longs for the perfect home and yet is still driven to wander. In the second section she talks about her attempts to build what she thought would be her perfect home in over six hundred acres of Wyoming landscape that she bought. This house is called Bird Cloud, hence the title of the book. The third section deals with her life at Bird Cloud and the life and history of the land that it is on.

All three sections are connected, but only loosely, and this really gives the book a sense of fragmentation that for me did not make it an easy read. It seems unfinished and rather fragmentary and also, at times, as if she herself is just not satisfied with what she is writing. The phrase that sums it up best for me is cobbled together.

The section on Bird Cloud itself was the most interesting. Proulx had endless difficulties with the house and it is compelling reading, but Bird Cloud is such an unusual house I really felt that at least one photograph or drawing of the house would not have gone amiss here. I really struggled to picture the house in my mind's eye and I got so attached to the outcome as I read that I felt somehow cheated that I didn't get to see the finished structure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Bryce TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 April 2012
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I am a big fan of Annie Proulx. It therefor pains me to give less than five stars to anything by her. Her works of fiction are beyond reproach, but this, the nearest yet to an autobiography, I found to be rather dull and, I can't believe I am saying this about any Annie Proulx book, boring. Sure it tells us much about life in nineteenth century USA and Canada, about Annie Proulx's life now and in her early years, about why she chose to build her home under that bird shaped cloud in her beloved Wyoming and why she left this special place. All this should have made for an interesting read , but for me it was too pedestrian with rather a lot of unnecessary detail about the construction, fitting and decor.
I think I would have put it down before the end were it not for my great, genuine admiration of Annie Proulx.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 April 2014
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Please don't buy this if you are an Annie Proulx fan (as I am) you will be very disappointed. It smacks of contractual obligation writing and has regrettably ended in the recycling bin. (I wouldn't want to spoil any newcomer's first experience of Proulx with this effort so no charity shop).
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By lodgie on 20 April 2011
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Although Annie writes beautiful descriptions of wildlife, the country and the housebuilding progress it lacks structure hopping from one train of thought to another and has so much jargon in there it becomes diffcult to read. You long for photos or illustrations e.g. of the James Gang and the house and ranch because you just dont get the connection from her prose or the occasional line drawings. Irritating also that she complains about the costs but never tells you what it is or other details. Its as though she's trying to keep you at a distance. Perhaps she wrote the book reluctantly to pay for it all.
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I thoroughly enjoy the novels and short stories of Annie Proulx, so rich in narrative description, particularly of red neck America. However, this autobiography is a bit too encyclopaedic for my taste, and I soon became bogged down in her ancestry and the development problems of building Bird Cloud that I put the book aside for another day
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I usually really enjoy reading Annie Proulx, but to be honest I found this account of her setting up a new home in Wyoming a bit disappointing. There is a lot about constructing the house which at time gets a bit boring, though her descriptions of the surrounding wildlife and history of the place are interesting.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Treegirlmegirl on 29 Feb. 2012
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A boring and banal tale of one ladies chioce of kitchen tiles etc. No insights into the writers mind, no inspiration taken from the surroundings. I was very disapointed after having read some of her excellent fiction. Give it a miss and read Accordian Crimes instead.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S Winspur on 25 Jan. 2014
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...the last page. Miss Proulx's descriptions of buying in a barely hospitable area are in turn funny and ripe with her frustration. Owing to the richness of her writing you feel her pain and you giggle along with the ineptitude of those she hires. But then she herself freely admits she was mad to buy in this isolated, harsh spot. It's a majestic environment though - one which Miss Proulx does justice in her beautiful observations of the wildlife around her. I learnt so so much about American history, 'land grabbing' and how a 'real' writer likes to work (and sets up her home accordingly). It's beautiful and wonderful - a real joy to read.
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