A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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From Annie Proulx—the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain—comes her masterpiece, ten years in the writing: an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about taming the wilderness, set over two centuries.In the late eighteenth century Rene Sel, an illiterate woodsman, makes his way from Northern France to New France to seek a living. Bound to a feudal lord, a "seigneur," for three years in exchange for land, he suffers extraordinary hardship, always in awe of the forest he is charged with cleaning. Rene marries an Indian healer with children already, and they have more, mixing the blood of two cultures. Proulx tells the stories of the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of two lineages, the Sels and the Duquets, as well as the descendants of their allies and foes, as they travel back to Europe, to China, to New England, always in quest of a livelihood or fleeing stunningly brutal conditions—accidents, 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. Annie Proulx is one of the most formidable American writers of our time, and Barkskins is her Moby Dick.
Publisher: New York :, Simon and Schuster Audio,, 2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781442381049
Characteristics: 1 online resource (27 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Petkoff, Robert

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SPL_Brittany Nov 30, 2017

Readers who enjoy literary historical fiction set in North America as well as multi-generational tales will enjoy this novel. A sweeping tale that alternates between Charles Duquet and Renee Sel's family, as they travel all across the globe. Incredibly detailed novel filled with rich images and prose, I highly recommend listening to the audio version of this novel.

Nov 02, 2017

As always, Annie Proulx weaves a colorful, palpable tale of North American land and people, with fantastic detail and sly humor. A masterpiece!

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