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Close Range by Annie Proulx
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Dec 05, 07

bookshelves: short-stories
Recommended for: my Republican rancher father, who will love the covers off this book

If you already know why Annie Proulx rox ur fuckin face off, then I don't know why you're reading a review instead of the book itself. It's Annie Fuckin Proulx. Read it, you bastard.

Proulx gets away with all the shit that no one else could. A grab bag of voices, all unlikely, that switch mid-sentence; stories that end long after the first narrative arc dead-ended and long before the second gets off the ground; nonsensical lines that don't mean squat no matter how you squint but sure sound purdy.

She gets away with this because she's Annie Fuckin Proulx, she has the best sentence-level action since Henry James, every character is tenderly human and nothing, not one goddamn thing, is throw-away.
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message 1: by Frederick (new)

Frederick Annie Proulx is a master of economy.
The hardcover edition of this collection had fantastic watercolors for each story, done by the artist whose work still graces the cover. I hope someday the illustrations are included again.






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