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Barkskins: A Novel av Annie Proulx
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Barkskins: A Novel (urspr publ 2016; utgåvan 2016)

av Annie Proulx (Författare)

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"Bark Skins open in New France in the late 18th century as Rene Sel, an illiterate woodsman makes his way from Northern France to the homeland to seek a living. Bound to a "seigneur" for three years in exchange for land, he suffers extraordinary hardship and violence, always in awe of the forest he is charged with clearing. In the course of this epic novel, Proulx tells the stories of Rene's children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, as well as the descendants of his friends and foes, as they travel back to Europe, to China, to New England, always in quest of a livelihood or fleeing stunningly brutal conditions--war, pestilence, Indian attacks, the revenge of rivals. Proulx's inimitable genius is her creation of characters who are so vivid--in their greed, lust, vengefulness, or their simple compassion and hope--that we follow them with fierce attention. This is Proulx's most ambitious novel ever, and her master work"--… (mer)
Medlem:Lori_Eshleman
Titel:Barkskins: A Novel
Författare:Annie Proulx (Författare)
Info:Scribner (2016), Edition: First Edition, 736 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:American, Historical Novel, Nature

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Barkskins av Annie Proulx (2016)

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This is the sort of sprawling, multigenerational epic that isn’t to my taste. I liked it much better after I finished it, when I could consider its overarching message and its painstaking historical detail, than I did while I was reading it, when it struck me as dry, with characters that came and went without much fanfare and without being very engaging or sympathetic. ( )
  Charon07 | Jul 16, 2021 |
Apparently I really am not a fan of anything Annie Proulx writes. I found The Shipping News lacking in real understanding of, and research into, life in Newfoundland, Brokeback Mountain infuriatingly misrepresentative of gay life and understanding, and I've found the same true in Barkskins.

However, at least with the former novels there was a clear end in sight. The novels did tie up all the threads quite neatly, quite succinctly. But in Barkskins, Proulx not only displayed her lack of regard for intimate research, but clearly demonstrated her inability to edit her own interminable work. She told the same story over and over again. The same theme. The same characters with different names, in different locations. But it was all endlessly the same beige and uninteresting story.

Now, I realize I fly in the face of much of popular acclaim. She has been honoured with some considerable literary awards. But I don't know why. And I've tried. I've examined her prose: nothing arresting or startling there, certainly nothing that would even approach the likes of Boyden, Crummey, Atwood or Mistry. Her plots are predictable. Her characters are little wooden pieces she takes out of the box and moves around on a board which is flat and uninteresting. She purports to write sensitively about sensitive subjects, but I find her work voyeuristic and without true understanding or compassion. She writes ABOUT subjects, not WITHIN subjects.

So, what is Barkskins about? Forestry. Plain and simple. And logger barons. Also plain and simple. That's it. There's no real human underpinning, no cultural revelations. It's a long and boring fictional essay.

Read or not. Knock yourself out. ( )
  fiverivers | Apr 20, 2021 |
I feel Barkskins should have been broken up into a series. Perhaps that would have given the author more time to develop characters. The first half she spent in my opinion more time on the characters ...the last third seemed to be a hasty run to the finish. ( )
  Betsy_Crumley | Jan 28, 2021 |
I almost didn’t finish this book. I found the early and long stories of the lumber camps and all the traumatic deaths hard to pick up after a break. Very much like Game of Thrones where you get to know a character and then they were killed off in the most horrific way.

I only kept going because it was a book club pick. I found that once we got to Lavinia (about 65% of the way through) the book carried a lot faster.

She put a lot of work into this book—was it 15 years?! Insane dedication. I appreciate all the research she had to do to write it. But, the beginning was hard to get through and she lost about half of my 10 person club because of it. And those that did finish it felt very love/hate about it.

So, I guess I would say read it if you have a real love of history. If you love the earth, it’s heart-wrenching to read about its destruction in great detail. The research and details to the way of life are enlightening and worth it if you are up for it. But don’t expect to feel uplifted when you’re done. ( )
  pmichaud | Dec 21, 2020 |
A dazzlingly detailed and dramatic ecological historical fiction that is vibrant, complex, and raw. Proulx crafts a family saga around two Frenchman and their families whose struggle for survival reflects what happens to the land they work in attempt to gain freedom, wealth, and a piece of land; all while believing that the forest and the resources that surround them are infinite. A stunning, fierce tale of the past that is that is also a look into the future. ( )
  ShannonRose4 | Sep 15, 2020 |
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Een echte dikke pil is de historische roman Schorshuiden, geschreven door de bekende schrijfster Annie Proulx. Een werkelijk prachtig geconstrueerde roman over de kolonisatie van Amerika en over de houtbouw. Beide niet echt onderwerpen die mijn hart meteen doen zingen, maar wat heeft Annie Proulx er boeiend over geschreven! Een rakend en boeiend verhaal van generaties schorshuiden dat maar liefst 320 jaar beslaat (1693 – 2013)…lees verder >
 

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"Bark Skins open in New France in the late 18th century as Rene Sel, an illiterate woodsman makes his way from Northern France to the homeland to seek a living. Bound to a "seigneur" for three years in exchange for land, he suffers extraordinary hardship and violence, always in awe of the forest he is charged with clearing. In the course of this epic novel, Proulx tells the stories of Rene's children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, as well as the descendants of his friends and foes, as they travel back to Europe, to China, to New England, always in quest of a livelihood or fleeing stunningly brutal conditions--war, pestilence, Indian attacks, the revenge of rivals. Proulx's inimitable genius is her creation of characters who are so vivid--in their greed, lust, vengefulness, or their simple compassion and hope--that we follow them with fierce attention. This is Proulx's most ambitious novel ever, and her master work"--

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