Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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BARKSKINS Annie Proulx (Fourth Estate, hardback PS18.99, ebook PS9.99) ... .. ANNIE PROULX is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author best known for The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain.

Barkskins took five years to write, and when you set eyes on this beast of a book, it's apparent why. At more than 700 pages long, it's a daunting read.

As a history graduate, Proulx has indulged her passion by detailing North American history from 1693 right up until 2013. The story starts as Rene Sel and Charles Duquet arrive in New France (Canada) to chop trees for the odious and rather comical Monsieur Trepagny.

The settlers struggle to tame the wild landscape, and their treatment of the Native Americans is shocking.

The rest of this novel follows their descendants, and shows how the human race has damaged the world's forests over the last 300 years.

Proulx's writing is clever and her research impressive, but the many characters become confusing and it's hard to feel attached to them. …

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