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Annie Proulx's "The Shipping News" (Continuum Contemporaries) (Continuum Contemporaries Series) [Paperback]

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1 Mar 2002 Continuum Contemporaries Series
This work is part of the "Continuum Contemporaries" series giving readers accessible and informative introductions to 30 of the most popular, most acclaimed and most influential contemporary novels. It contains a biography of the novelist, a full-length study of the novel, a summary of how the novel was received upon publication, a summary of how the novel has performed since publication, and a wide range of suggestions for further reading.

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  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. (1 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826452337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826452337
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 13.3 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The series comes as near to squaring various circles - popular / academic, 'good read' / 'classic Lit', novel / film of the book as any I know. And at best it goes a fair way towards reshuffling those categories and redrawing the boundaries. With the first volume, I was relieved. After two or three, I was hooked.

The books are invaluable for gathering out-of-the-way or ephemeral comment from TV and radio interviews and the web as well as from literary reviews.

Refreshingly upfront and up-to-date

Given the space, there are remarkably balanced film/novel comparisons of the most well-known examples

An important feature is the fully referenced bibliographies, including reviews and copious website addresses - the latter ranging from fanzines and authors' and publishers' own sites to academic discussion lists and online journals.

In method as in subject matter, these guides move freely on the interface between print culture and multimedia. Highly finished and pleasantly handleable as books in their own right, they gesture accommodatingly to both words and worlds beyond.

Taking the series as a whole, it also confirms two things: that narrative nowadays is generically highly hybrid and increasingly cross-media; and that an understanding of the processes of writing and reading 'contemporary classic' (or at least 'currently famous') fiction cannot be separated - yet must be distinguished - from the processes of making and marketing books and films."
The Times Higher Education Supplement, May 31, 2002

From the Publisher

This is an excellent guide to Annie Proulx’s prize-winning novel, now a major motion picture starring Kevin Spacey. It features a biography of the author, a full-length analysis of the novel, and a great deal more. If you’re studying this novel, reading it for your book club, or if you simply want to know more about it, you’ll find this guide informative and helpful.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Do you really want THISbook! 24 July 2013
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Beware that this a book ABOUT Annie Proulx; it is NOT the book itself. It is useful source of background for a book group review but is hardly a rivetting read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Shipping News 27 Feb 2003
A wonderful guide to help you get the most out of contemporary fiction. These guides discuss many important factors such as the themes of the novel, as well as discussing reviesw and criticism made about the novel itself. It is a wonderful oppertunity to get more out of a novel than simply reading it alone. With these guides you gain a far deeper understanding of the novel as a whole. I personally, wouldn't read a book without one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable book 31 Jan 2002
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I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book and it was a pleasant surprise, very different from the other readers guides that I've seen. It provided quite a lot more background about Proulx than I've read before, but the main part of it was a fairly indepth reading of The Shipping News. This part is full of very interesting ideas about storytelling, escapism, and the clever things that Proulx does with the narrative. The author managed to explain her ideas very clearly, and I really felt that I had learned something by the end of it. It's a shame that I guess the book came out too close to the film, as I'd like to read what the author thought about that, too. I loved it!
4.0 out of 5 stars good 26 Jan 2014
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got this book a few years ago but i still havent been able to read but its still in great shape
10 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reading 4 Oct 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
A book worth reading, 'The Shipping News' focuses on a man called Quoyle, his life and his family. Set in Newfoundland amongst local people and extreme weather conditions, Quoyle carves out a new life for himself, with his Aunt and his daughters. Working for the local newspaper, Quoyle learns to cope with the death of his wife, a new lifestyle, and ends his journey in a classic story of self-discovery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ENDING ISN'T AS IMPORTANT AS THE TRIP 1 Mar 2002
By Judy Fuller - Published on Amazon.com
It was an enjoyable journey through a strange place and quite a cast of eccentric, warm, briney characters. A wonderful read!
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