by Annie Proulx
I have mixed feelings about this book. There were times it seemed as if the author was making a list. The descriptions seemed broad at first, but eventually I could almost picture the main character. There was a certain Newfoundland feel to the book. Please don't ask me what I mean by that, because I haven't quite vocalized it to myself yet. I'm glad I listened to this book, but I'm not sure that I would recommend it to anyone else. I doubt I will ever reread it, though I will probably watch the movie.
The best part of my experience with this book was listening to it while driving in Newfoundland. Sharing this experience with my husband helped because I'm not sure I would have persevered without his encouragement. Discussing the book in view of our experiences and the sights of the island helped, too.
We talked with a nice man at the Bookworm Bookstore in Gander who didn't think highly of the book. He said Proulx didn't do her research and that there were too many things that didn't ring true of Newfoundland life. For one thing, no one eats squid burgers.
*Just a side note* We bought a copy of The Day the World Came to Town from Brad at the Bookworm. He regaled us with some wonderful, personal stories of that time when the 747 had to land in Gander due to the tragedy with the twin towers on 9-11. After he and I had talked for quite awhile I turned around and noticed another customer. I apologized and said someone should have told me I was talking too much. They said you'd never hear a Newfoundlander say anything like that. That's what they do best is talk! I shook hands with both men and we left the bookstore.