26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
an unusual style of writing that draws you in,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Shipping News (Paperback)
I read this book on the recommendation of a friend and have now thanked him profusely. The style of Proux's writing is unusual and takes a bit to get used to and the story isn't especially gripping, yet you are drawn to her well drawn characters, as you get to know their foibles and eccentricities. The main character of Qouyle is not a typical hero in the sense that at first he seems to have few redeeming qualities and seems a pathetic man who would hold no interest for a whole novel, yet he does. You see him as a father, a nephew, a shy man getting to know an equally shy woman and a stranger gradually becoming accepted into a place. The place itself, also being a character in the novel described in beautiful detail by the author. I highly recommend the book.