I do admire Annie Proulx's writing, it is the sort that transports you to the setting. If the setting is the amazing Blood farm and the consequent flight therefrom then that's where you go, like it or not. Judging from these reviews, the less articulate amongst us did not like it.... I can't say I enjoyed the book in a lighthearted sense , but I certainly did enjoy it the literary appreciation sense. I found it both difficult to read and difficult to stop. Difficult because of the thread of violence , blood and death that runs through it,particularly as relates to animals. I was brought up in rural setting, but the cruelty and carnage that is farming in bygone Vermont is something else. I was almost reading with a hand partly in front of my eyes, as in a horror movie. (Perhaps Jane Smiley could do an American version of Cold Comfort Farm based on the Blood saga ) An interesting thing I note , also from the other reviews is the different ways in which people interpret...
For a really good laugh, (especially if you've already read the book) read the 1 star reviews. They're absolutely hilarious. I'm still giggling. I'm in my 60s and have been a voracious reader all my life. I guess I've read thousands of novels as well as thousands of nonfiction books on whatever subject happened to interest me at the time. One of those 'whattchamacall' autodidacts. Post Cards is one of the best damn novels I've ever read. Let me qualify that: I hate stories where every damn thing that happens is connected and explained, where every character you meet becomes an integral part of the story and where everything raps up in a tidy bundle at the end. Hate them. As you might imagine, not that many writers suit me, especially as I've grown older and more discerning.
I've read all of Annie Proulx's fiction and it's all, top notch.
But if you're looking for laughs and a tidy little story with a sweet ending, in...
Introduced to Annie Proulx from her book _Shipping News_, I eagerly snatched this book up with the same expectations and I was delivered of that and more. An outstanding story of family, blood lines, history and human strength and frailty, Annie once again strikes gold. Teased, the reader gets little glimpses of mementos, mail, postcards throughout the novel that relate in intriguing ways to the story content. Probably the biggest teaser would be the first few pages. I challenge any lover of literature to read those pages and put the novel back on the shelf. There is simply no way to resist this book when you have read this entry. My analysis of a great work of literature is my intention to reread the novel again. There are a handfull of books I know I will, as the temptation to read something fresh is always greater. This novel will never be lent out, for I will wait until it dims just the slightest in my memory, and then I will seek it out and read it again with as much...
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