Postcards

Postcards

Book - 1996
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E. Annie Proulx's first novel, Postcards, winner of the 1993 Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction, tells the mesmerizing tale of Loyal Blood, who misspends a lifetime running from a crime so terrible that it renders him forever incapable of touching a woman.
Blood's odyssey begins in 1944 and takes him across the country from his hardscrabble Vermont hill farm to New York, across Ohio, Minnesota, and Montana to British Columbia, on to North Dakota, Wyoming, and New Mexico and ends, today, in California, with Blood homeless and near mad. Along the way, he must live a hundred lives to survive, mining gold, growing beans, hunting fossils and trapping, prospecting for uranium, and ranching. In his absence, disaster befalls his family; greatest among their terrible losses are the hard-won values of endurance and pride that were the legacy of farm people rooted in generations of intimacy with soil, weather, plants, and seasons.
Postcards chronicles the lives of the rural and the dispossessed and charts their territory with the historical verisimilitude and writerly prowess of Cather, Dreiser, and Faulkner. It is a new American classic.
Publisher: New York : Scrbner Classics, 1996, c1992.
Edition: 1st Scribner Classics ed. --
ISBN: 9780684833682
0684833689
Characteristics: 346 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.

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adam_cooper Feb 08, 2014

This MAGNIFICENT book is both epic and intimate in its telling of a lifetime on the run and is a must for lovers of southern gothic writers William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy. Proulx interweaves a series of seemingly disjointed episodes from multiple subjective vantage points with a sophisticated (and deliciously ambiguous) symbolic system. The ingenious structure somehow manages to avoid being contrived and the gorgeous yet restrained language is infused with humour and pathos. Whilst it works perfectly as a great yarn, the themes of self-exile and moral decay are reminiscent of Faulkner (and his later acolyte Cormac McCarthy) in his prime. It is stunning that this was a first novel and in my humble opinion has yet to be topped by the author who went on to be celebrated for The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain.

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Cabby
Feb 04, 2008

I found this book hard to get through

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