Top positive review
Best I have read in several years, a wonderful Novel
on 24 January 2015
I really enjoyed this book and it is one of the few books I have read recently where I am still thinking about it several weeks after finishing reading it. Watching Quoyle turn from an inadequate, lost man, completely out of place into the confident, articulate man that he eventually becomes after the move to Newfoundland was very enjoyable.
For me, Annie Proulx captured the way of life in a remote northern community, the danger, cold, camaraderie and poverty. She also introduced me to some fantastically descriptive words, the like of which you only ever hear in such remote communities like this. The book is well paced and easy to become lost in.
It's not a roller-coaster of a book with plot twists and unseen endings but it is a fantastic glimpse of the voyage of a family through the traumas that life throws at them and how a man grows into a place where he feels comfortable.
I would have liked a bit more regarding them moving into the old house, initially this was well worked and I thought the house was going to be a major character in the book but it kind of fell by the wayside and the look at the Aunts memories fell with it. This minor niggle aside, a wonderful book.