A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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"Bark Skins open in New France in the late 18th century as Rene Sel, an illiterate woodsman makes his way from Northern France to the homeland to seek a living. Bound to a "seigneur" for three years in exchange for land, he suffers extraordinary hardship and violence, always in awe of the forest he is charged with clearing. In the course of this epic novel, Proulx tells the stories of Rene's children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, as well as the descendants of his friends and foes, as they travel back to Europe, to China, to New England, always in quest of a livelihood or fleeing stunningly brutal conditions--war, pestilence, Indian attacks, the revenge of rivals. 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. This is Proulx's most ambitious novel ever, and her master work"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2016
ISBN: 9781442381049
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Feb 19, 2018

Be forewarned if you are listening to the audiobook!
The reader is wooden and clinical, overly slow-paced and annunciates with such emphasis that I honestly thought it was being translated by text-to-voice software at first. The multitude of characters are given "voices" that are culturally insensitive and very problematic. I had to return it after less than an hour it bothered me so much!

SPL_Brittany Nov 30, 2017

Readers who enjoy literary historical fiction set in North America as well as multi-generational tales will enjoy this novel. A sweeping tale that alternates between Charles Duquet and Renee Sel's family, as they travel all across the globe. Incredibly detailed novel filled with rich images and prose, I highly recommend listening to the audio version of this novel.

Nov 02, 2017

As always, Annie Proulx weaves a colorful, palpable tale of North American land and people, with fantastic detail and sly humor. A masterpiece!


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