- Date Finished: Nov. 12, 2011
- Genre: Fiction
- Year: 1993
- Project: n/a
- Reading List: Fall 2011, Pulitzer Prize winners
- Got it: At a used book sale — and I’m glad I did!
- Quick thoughts upon finishing: It took me awhile to read The Shipping News. Because work got particularly crazy these past few weeks, I didn’t have time to dedicate an hour a day, like usual, but the times I made real progress I had to force myself to sit down and read, goddamit. I don’t think I disliked the book, but I never heard that calling to “read me and find out what happens next.” Which is unfortunate. It may be because I didn’t care about all the shipping/nautical passages. Maybe Proulx’s writing style was just a bit too tiring. Maybe Quoyle is just too pathetic. Anyway, I can see why it won the Pulitzer — it’s epic, it transports the reader to another world (aka, Newfoundland) and it’s about rediscovering how to love. Plus, I didn’t hate it. But still … I don’t know. I apologize for the wishy-washy review, but I feel when I next see this book in a store and someone asks, “Have you read this?” I’ll only say, “Yeah, it was, eh, OK.”
- Grade: B-