I found this to be one of the most fascinating books that I’ve read in a long time. A book that flows nicely, The Shipping News provides complex underlying themes by introducing small exerpts from the 1944 Ashley Book of Knots at the beginning of each chapter. As I entered into the final chapters, these reflections truly became relevant and contributed greatly to the success of the book. Set in the rich, always-changing, land/seascape of Newfoundland, I felt that in a very honest way, I finally had some inkling of what life has been for Newfoundlanders. Issues of overfishing, development, weather, economic struggle and family life were pieces of thread, knotted together into a very satisfying narrative. A VERY ‘magical’ read!
I want to see this movie!