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Barkskins
Barkskins: A Novel | Annie Proulx
From Annie Proulxthe Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain, comes her masterwork: an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about the taking down of the worlds forests.In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, Ren Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a seigneur, for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cuttersbarkskins. Ren suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a Mikmaw woman and their descendants live trapped between two inimical cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless, runs away from the seigneur, becomes a fur trader, then sets up a timber business. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred yearstheir travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditionsthe revenge of rivals, accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, and cultural annihilation. Over and over again, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse. Proulxs inimitable genius is her creation of characters who are so vividin their greed, lust, vengefulness, or their simple compassion and hopethat we follow them with fierce attention. Annie Proulx is one of the most formidable and compelling American writers, and Barkskins is her greatest novel, a magnificent marriage of history and imagination.
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SamAnne
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Latest New Yorker. LOL. I finished Barkskins but was pissed off at the end.

Theaelizabet Loved that one! The cartoon, that is. 5mo
SW-T LOLd at the cartoon 😂 5mo
stephothebesto What bothered you about the ending? I found it rushed and anticlimactic - was it the same for you or something else? 5mo
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SamAnne @stephothebesto Exactly. I enjoy long novels that spend a lot of time describing the setting and time period or where the place—in this case the Northern woods—is a character itself. But yes, rushed ending with little point. After 700 plus pages I expect a little more! 5mo
stephothebesto Gotcha! Do you have any recommendations for read-alikes (especially ones with more satisfying ending)? 5mo
SamAnne @stephothebesto hands down The Living by Annie Dillard. Three hundred pages shorter and packs way more of a Wallop. A story of generations making a go of it in the early wilds of far NW Washington State. 5mo
stephothebesto That sounds perfect! I saw this quote in Litsy posts: " She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live", so double-sold! Thanks! 5mo
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stephothebesto
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Big fan of this one. I'd recommend it to anyone who's into intergenerational sagas. I was impressed by Proulx's scope of time and depth into the subject of logging. The ending sped up and fizzled out a little, but it didn't bother me as there weren't major plot points to wrap up. Thought provoking and atmospheric.

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stephothebesto
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The book starts out in 1693 and the pace of life blows my mind - striking trade deals that will go into effect 2 years later (minimum), wandering around port towns or New France wilderness until you find the person you want to talk to... It's crazy to me!

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stephothebesto
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What should I build with these bricks? Latest TBR pile inspired by Book Riots 50 Books Over 500 Pages https://bookriot.com/2019/02/25/must-read-big-books/. I've read and loved a lot of books on the list, many without even realizing they're so long.

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Lcsmcat
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“As he cut, the wildness of the world receded, the vast invisible web of filaments that connected human life to animals, trees to flesh and bones to grass shivered as each tree fell and one by one the web strands snapped.” #tree #quotsydec18 @TK-421

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Leelee08
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Gotta love a $1.75 haul from the thrift store!❤️📚❤️

Ashley_Nicoletto 😮😮 12mo
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Crazeedi
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Next up on my kindle. Hope it's a good one.

ElishaLovesBooks I liked this a lot! But it is a saga! #ILikeBigBooks 13mo
Crazeedi @ElishaLovesBooks yes I am realizing that! Showing me 11 plus hours to read. I love thick books though. Lots of French phrases I'm not familiar with so I'm learning words! 13mo
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Rcoco
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Finally finished this one. A tour-de-force which took like 6 weeks at least to get through. I enjoyed it but definitely could have used a little editing. And the kindle version has the family tree in the back which would have been nice to have throughout the book. I didn‘t even know it was there until I was finished. Sooooo many characters in this one.

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Ncostell
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I should not be allowed to go to the library book sale because I don‘t have shelf space for any more books. But I just can‘t resist, especially when you can fill a bag for $5 during the last hour of the sale. I picked up a few that I‘ve wanted to read for awhile and a few spontaneous picks too.

Reviewsbylola That‘s an awesome haul! 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
DivineDiana Who could resist?!? 😉 1y
Ncostell @Reviewsbylola Thanks! 🙂 1y
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Ncostell @DivineDiana Exactly! If I skipped it, I would wonder about which books I was missing out on. I had to go! 1y
Christine You got some great ones!! 1y
Ncostell @Christine Thanks! Can‘t beat a good library sale! 1y
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Shamzi
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A beautiful tale of 2 families that spans over 300 years, one trying to hold on to a way of life that no longer exists and one trying to move away from their history and way of life. It takes an effort to read such a book ( actually I think it could have been a little shorter) but it is one of those books that stays with you for a long time.

Rcoco Yes I‘m reading this one right now. I have had it for three weeks, had to renew it from the library and I am only 66% through! But it is engrossing. 1y
Shamzi @Rcoco yes it needs time and effort, out of the two which family do you like more, Sel or Duke? I liked Jinot Sel time line .. 1y
Rcoco Yes I agree with you about jinot sel and his family. But I am getting into the part with Lavinia duke and she‘s pretty interesting! 1y
Shamzi @Rcoco 👍👍👍 1y
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Shamzi
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Walking towards the office and reading!!! Trying to keep away the Monday blues!!!

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Shamzi
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Starting this one today, looks like an interesting premise. Anyone read it?

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SLSbooks
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Decided to take on this tome since I had the summer off. Mistake. I patiently waited for it to grab my attention, but the characters were flat and too numerous to follow (okay, I did have a whopper of a summer cold while reading most of it, so that may have been a part of the problem).
Wish I would have passed on this one.

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Tamra
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I‘ve been looking forward to this tome. At the current rate of my recreational reading though, it‘s gonna be a long relationship. 🐌

Aims42 Pretty view! 1y
Lcsmcat It is long, but good. I did it on audio and had to renew it because I didn‘t finish in the allotted 14 days. 1y
Tamra @Aims42 fitting for the cover. 🌲🌳 1y
Tamra @Lcsmcat good to know! It‘s been in my stacks a long time, I tend to do that with anticipated reads. 1y
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Kristelh
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#4newfavesin4days Day2 how about @JenP if you haven‘t been tagged yet

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Lcsmcat
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A book about #trees and the generations of people who both depended on them for their wealth and destroyed them. But the trees, sometimes, got revenge. 😵 #hopintospring @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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This was such a surreal reading experience, because I kinda didn't care about ANY of these characters, and yet I couldn't make myself stop.

2 ⭐⭐ for character development
5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ for writing
4⭐⭐⭐⭐ for creative ways of killing people
1 ⭐ for names I could keep straight

So....overall probably a pick? I definitely had quibbles, but I never wanted to bail. How's that for a ringing endorsement?? 😁

Chelleo I‘m intrigued by the “creative and way of killing people” 2y
TrishB I really disliked this book! Just thought it was meh and boring. 2y
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Jen2
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Wonderful!!!

Lcsmcat I loved this one! 2y
MyBookLife I want to read this one! 2y
Purple610 Loved it a ton until the last quarter. Thought the ending lacked compared to the rest of the book. 2y
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Sjhaug
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I loved this book

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Lcsmcat
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I get the reviewers complaints about how the issue of de-forestation overshadowed the characters, but it covers so many hundreds of years that no one character could be fully developed. I thought she did a great job, and to hold the reader‘s interest for nearly 26 hours of audiobook speaks for itself. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Samplergal She‘s such a great writer. Everything I have read of hers, I have loved immensely. I‘m adding this. 2y
Lcsmcat @Samplergal I agree! 2y
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Lcsmcat
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I spent most of the day listening to Barkskins while cleaning up my Libib - adding photos of book covers, adding books I‘d missed or correcting entries than scanned incorrectly. I‘ve still got a long way to go, but I‘m making progress. And I‘m enjoying the Proulx, although sometimes the narrator annoys.

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Kristelh
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Great book👍

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BookishMe
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Repost from Tom Hanks- https://twitter.com/tomhanks/status/963845665641189382
Could not read this fast enough. Now sorry I‘ve finished! Hanx
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The last time I read a celebrity's recommendation (Aamir Khan, a Bollywood actor) I discovered Amitav Ghosh and fell in love with Ghosh's writing.

This sounds highly interesting despite the length.

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saresmoore I‘ve witnessed a wildfire like this and that is an excellent & beautiful description. 2y
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LeahBergen I‘m enjoying the artwork in these posts. 👍🏻 2y
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shawnmooney
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This stunning artwork is by the Mi‘kmaw artist Alan Syliboy, ‘Red Ochre Man.‘

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merelybookish Beautiful painting! I loved this book which surprised me. 2y
Shemac77 Syliboy! 2y
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TrishB Be interested to see what you make of this book.... 2y
Spiderfelt Me too! I read it last year. 2y
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shawnmooney
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Hokey That makes me really want to read this book. 😜📚 2y
8leagueboot There is a whole section in In the Heart of the Sea on how archaeologists found ivory sex toys hidden in the chimneys of multiple homes in Nantucket during excavations! 2y
LeahBergen Well now... 🤔 2y
GlassAsDiamonds I keep staring at that image trying to figure the porcelain part out....🤨🤨🤨 2y
Anna40 Oh my goodness! 2y
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shawnmooney
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LeahBergen 😳 2y
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Suet624 That‘s exactly right. 😁 perfect description. 2y
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Cinfhen
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These 4 #chunksters have been #onyourShelfAllYear Im not sure if I'll ever get to them #pagecountphobia although my favorite #bookManiac has been singing the praises of Year of The Runaway which would fill a #Booked2018 prompt #RefugeeMC #JingleShelves

emilyhaldi I picked up Barkskins recently bc it was super cheap but it's definitely intimidating 😬 2y
Marchpane I'm scared of chunksters too, I think it's because I'm bad at bailing (need some coaching from that #bookmaniac 😉) 2y
Pamwurtzler Even reading the ebooks, I‘ve been looking at the dots that indicate the length. 😀 2y
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DreeMorris Barkskins is really really good though! 2y
susanw I have those same four on my shelf too. I even put Sport of Kings on my tbr bingo card, but still it sits unread. 2y
Cinfhen We could all take a page from that #bookmaniac @Marchpane I'm glad to hear it's good @AudreyMorris maybe we'll do a mini buddyread @emilyhaldi 👍🏻😜 (edited) 2y
Cinfhen Oh, you should join us @susanw if we do a buddyread 2y
Reviewsbylola I keep thinking I should buy Barkskins but I know I will never read it! 2y
Cinfhen @Pamwurtzler that's probably one of the best things about a chunky Ebook, never quite sure just how thick it is!! 2y
Cinfhen I'm thinking I may read Sport of Kings for #Booked2018 #featuringanOlympicSport @susanw 2y
Tamra I have Barkskins and I‘ve been delaying gratification for quite awhile. I seem to do that with authors I really like because I don‘t want the thrill to end. 😜 Not very rational. 2y
Cinfhen @tamra you should join too if we all read the book together it'll be fun!!! 2y
Tamra @Cinfhen yes, I would love to! Please tag me if it happens. Otherwise I was thinking about it for Xmas break between semesters. 2y
Cinfhen Will keep you in the loop @Tamra but I probably won't get to this chunkster until mid year #procrastinator 2y
Tamra @Cinfhen 👍🏾 2y
MallenNC I so relate to page count phobia! 2y
Cinfhen Oh, it's definitely real @MallenNC @erzascarletbookgasm 😝 2y
bedandabook Oh, The Sport of Kings and Year of the Runaway are both wonderful. I love big books you can get lost in! 2y
Cinfhen I used to only read big juicy epics but as ive gotten older i find a have a shorter attention span @bedandabook 2y
susanw @Cinfhen a buddy read is good incentive as are fulfilling specific challenge requirements. 2y
TrishB I‘ve run away......I really didn‘t like Barkskins....and I love big books. Obviously in the minority though! 2y
minkyb I have Christadora and really want to get to it. 2y
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sightlined
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This is brilliant... in a cold, glittering diamond sort of way. I love that Proulx was brave enough to tackle such a huge project. Writing about deforestation, over generations, is no small thing. But I'm going to be honest, this was hard going. It felt like she hated every character she wrote about. It was all so brutal and cold. In the end I was just waiting to find out how she kills each one off. And oh, there were some very creative deaths...

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sightlined
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Seriously this book should be subtitled A Million Ways to Die in the West

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sightlined
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Today's burning question: who's more brutal, the GoT scriptwriters or Annie Proulx?

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Read-eat-travel-repeat
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Awesome picks from the book store today! My library runs a separate used book store, and I have been volunteering. One volunteer perk is getting to take home $5 of books. This time I came home with my $5 and a few others that I bought...#bookhaul #usedbooks #library

Graciouswarriorprincess Great haul!😃📚 2y
Cinfhen Wow!! Excellent perk😉😍super jelly... 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Good stuff there!! 2y
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TheBookCorgi
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Bluzygrl
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Summer means big books and this is my first for the summer. Annie Proulx is one of my favorite writers. I'll be on my porch reading.

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Eyejaybee
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I have been looking forward to this for a long time.

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Cinfhen
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#melodicmay more like #blackandwhite but I'm trying @jenniferw88 All on my TBR 🙀need to figure out if any of these will work for #popsugar #readharder

jenniferw88 @Cinfhen that's ok, do whichever prompts you can do. 3y
Reviewsbylola So curious to see how you like Moonglow and Bardo! 3y
Cinfhen Are they both in your TBR too @Reviewsbylola ?!? 3y
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Reviewsbylola Yes. I have Moonglow. I haven't bought Lincoln in the Bardo because I'm too unsure but I definitely want to read it. 3y
Cinfhen I'm kind of prepared to hate both @Reviewsbylola I'm also happy to mail you my copy of Lincoln after I read it 😄 3y
andrew61 I really liked north water and keep seeing barkskins on the library shelf but its so big im hesitant although i love her writing, I'll look forward to seeing your comments 3y
Reviewsbylola Yeah, I'd love to read it when you're done. And I feel the same, so if I like them it will be a pleasant surprise! 3y
Cinfhen I know @andrew61 Barkskins is a doorstopper which is why it's been sitting on my shelf for over a year! 😬 3y
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Oryx
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Ok I own this already, but haven't read it yet, so can't comment if it's good. But it was long listed for Bailey's prize, so thought I'd share the Kindle deal (UK) in case anyone interested.

Lcsmcat It's not on sale in the US. Does anyone know if you can buy Kindle books from the U.K. site if you're not in the U.K.? 3y
Oryx @Lcsmcat Not sure, maybe you need a UK address registered? Not tried to get a US Kindle book from UK either. Let me know if you figure it out! 3y
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KVanRead
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This is a pick for the incredible arc of history encompassed, the fascinating, if often depressing historical and ecological topics covered and the travails of some of the characters, especially the First Nations ones. Not a fan of the shallow characterization and often soapy plot lines, however, and the writing style could have done with more show and less tell. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 #20Best2016

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Jennajenna27
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One of my favorite books last year, especially if read as a series of historically connected vignettes. Coming from lumber country, I found the earliest stories fascinating and the journey to New Zealand unexpected. A long, detailed, often tragic read! #thisistheend

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CaroPi
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Day#20 #aprilbookshowers #ruralsetting I just read the first 100 pages. It shows the colonies in Canada and it seems that the rest is also in a rural area.

TheBookStacker I really want to read this but since it's so long it keeps getting pushed aside 3y
CaroPi @TheBookStacker I think that you also have to be in the right mood 3y
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