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Quoyle retreats to Newfoundland with his daughters after the death of his unfaithful wife. There as his family begins anew Quoyle deals with his personal fears.
Publisher: New York : Charles Scribner's Sons ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1993.
ISBN: 9780684193373
Branch Call Number: FIC Proul 3578au 2
FIC Proul
Characteristics: 337 p. : ill.


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Jun 24, 2019

A fun read that takes you along the life of a beaten down man, and his slow realization that he can have a life deemed worth having. He may not be the best newspaper man, but he finds away to make it his own. Love hasn't come easy, but he does find it with someone that understands what it's like to beaten down. Together their future; while not finished; does lead the read on the the path of both finding and being happy togeher.

Mar 13, 2019

In the unforgiving landscape of Newfoundland, Quoyle starts a new life with his two children after the death of his faithless wife.
The landscape is as much a character as the characters in one of my favorite reads of all time.
Quoyle is a hapless guy who over time grows on you as you see him become more aware of who he is and that he deserves better then what life has dished out so far.
One great story!

Feb 05, 2019

One of my favorite books. Great story and beautiful writing

multcolib_susannel Jan 25, 2016

Heart sick and socially awkward, Quoyle returns to his family home because he doesn't know what else to do.

Dec 30, 2015

Enjoyed it. Not a great endorsement for the functionality of NFLD families!

Aug 27, 2015

A pretty straightforward novel, enriched by the unique character of Newfoundland and the hardy, idiosycratic people who live in that harsh land. Particularly intriguing is the manner in which people from "away" tend to get swept up in the lifestyle of Newfoundland and the subtle ways that living there changes people's outlook on life.
A possibly unfair comparison: For a more engaging book about Newfoundland, try "Sweetland" by Crummey

Lexicon_ Apr 06, 2015

Started well but really seemed to peter out...

Sep 07, 2014

Based on the comments, this is polarizing book. I remember it being a pretty big deal when it came out in 1993, as it won both the Pulitzer and the National Book Award. It's good, if hard to get into and its strengths (and its characters) were pretty superficial. I wasn't a bad read by any means, but I rather indifferent one. A band took their name from the book and it was turned into an unsuccessful movie. Also, you'll learn a lot about knots, whether you want to or "not."

Feb 18, 2014

I found this book VERY slow going - took me almost a week to finish and I usually read a book in 2-3 days. Liked that it was most set in Canada and I am looking forward to seeing the movie.

Dec 26, 2013

.Wonderful collection of short stories! My book club enjoyed discussing how the stories made us think about being an outsider, the great circle of life and finding hope & forgiveness. Not to mention some unforgettable characters!

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Dec 26, 2013

“For if Jack Buggit could escape from the pickle jar, if a bird with a broken neck could fly away, what else might be possible? Water may be older than light, diamonds crack in hot goat's blood, mountaintops give off cold fire, forests appear in mid-ocean, it may happen that a crab is caught with the shadow of a hand on its back, and that the wind be imprisoned in a bit of knotted string. And it may be that love sometimes occurs without pain or misery.”

Oct 29, 2010

A great damp loaf of a body. At six he weighed eighty pounds. At sixteen he was buried under a casement of flesh. Head shaped like a crenshaw, no neck, reddish hair ruched back. Features as bunched as kissed fingertips. Eyes the color of plastic. The monstrous chin, a freakish shelf jutting from the lower face.

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