Barkskins

Barkskins

1st paperback ed

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From Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping Newsand Brokeback Mountain, comes her masterwork: an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about the taking down of the world's forests.

In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a "seigneur," for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters - barkskins. René suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a Mi'kmaw woman and their descendants live trapped between two inimical cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless, runs away from the seigneur, becomes a fur trader, then sets up a timber business. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years - their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions; the revenge of rivals; accidents; pestilence; Indian attacks; and cultural annihilation. Over and over again, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse.

Proulx's inimitable genius is her creation of characters who are so vivid - in their greed, lust, vengefulness, or their simple compassion and hope - that we follow them with fierce attention. Annie Proulx is one of the most formidable and compelling American writers, and Barkskinsis her greatest novel, a magnificent marriage of history and imagination.

Book information

ISBN: 9780007232017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint: 4th Estate
Pub date:
Edition: 1st paperback ed
DEWEY: 813.54
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 7121
Number of pages: xiv, 717
Weight: 512g
Height: 198mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 46mm