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Bird Cloud Hardcover – 3 Feb 2011
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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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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.Read more ›
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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I never thought I would be bored by Annie Proulx, I have read & reread all her books with great pleasure but reading Bird Cloud was like leafing through a Builders Merchant... Read morePublished 6 months ago by mikeongar
Not an easy read for me. Lots of terms I did not understand for architectural features, materials and processes. Illustrating photographs would have helped enormously. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nora Walters
Slightly disappointing but then perhaps I expected too much on this one.Published 21 months ago by Susan Nicholds
I don't know what is was about this book (and it is over a year since I have read it now), but Proulx's descriptions of America and the land and the house and the wildlife that... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Pootle
I thoroughly enjoy the novels and short stories of Annie Proulx, so rich in narrative description, particularly of red neck America. Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2015 by Arch Stanton
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. Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2015 by SKD
A great read for lovers of memoir. An excellent book to pursue leads on Old Wyoming ranch life and modern house construction. Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2014 by JPSreviews
...the last page. Miss Proulx's descriptions of buying in a barely hospitable area are in turn funny and ripe with her frustration. Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2014 by S Winspur