Annie's Proulx's writing about Newfoundland seems right on target. Being near the Canadian border, I sometimes hear stories or anecdotes of life in Newfoundland and she takes you right to the heart of the people and way of life there. The descritions of the ancestors who inhabited this vast, isolated island ring true. Her character development is sufficient without wallowing in a lot of detail. We know her characters, care about them and relate to them. Proulx's description of the landscape made me feel as though I were there on the fog shrouded shores, listening to distant foghorns and awaiting a far off ship to appear through the mist. She quite simply captures the simplicity of life and the complication as well, as relates to the hardship of living in such a place.
Newfoundland is different, but you get a sense of having been there or wanting to be there; despite even the incestousness that permeates this place. It is though it awakens some inner thirst to be part of the population of Krillick Cove. I wish the story had gone one further. Though I'm not sure if a sequel could/would do this work justice, I would certainly read it. I was entralled with Newfoundland and her people. The scenery Annie Proulx painted in my mind was breathtaking. I enjoyed this book tremendously; as well as some written by the masters. Proulx's book is definitely on the same playing field with the greats.
As an afterthought -- before reading this book, I checked out the reviews here at this Amazon website. One review noted that the names of the characters sounded silly or contrived. I beg to differ -- they added color and connection to the characters and certainly did not detract from my appreciation of this story. The names befitted the people. Wonderful read! Don't miss it!