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‘Proulx’s prose is monumental’ Observer

'Magic … Books are like homes and within 10 pages of crossing the threshold of this one readers will put up their feet, secure in the knowledge that they won’t be moving on to another any time soon ' Geoff Dyer, Observer

‘A love letter to place…which interweaves details of the land’s daily upkeep with her own equally evocative history’ Vogue

A masterpiece’ A. N. Wilson

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Annie Proulx, one of America's finest writers, invites us to share her experience in the building of her new home on a rich plot of untouched, unspoilt prairie and her pleasure in uncovering of the layers of American history locked beneath the topsoil.

‘Bird Cloud’ is the name Annie Proulx gave to 640 acres of Wyoming wetlands and prairie and 400 foot cliffs plunging down to the North Platte River. On the day she first visited, a cloud in the shape of a bird hung in the evening sky. Proulx also saw pelicans, bald eagles, golden eagles, great blue herons, ravens, scores of bluebirds, harriers, kestrels, elk, deer and a dozen antelope. She knew she had to purchase the land, then owned by the Nature Conservancy, and she knew what she would build on it – a house in harmony with her work, her appetites and her character – a library surrounded by bedrooms and a kitchen.

Proulx's Bird Cloud is the story of building that house – solar panels, a Japanese soak tub, a concrete floor, elk horn handles on kitchen cabinets – and an enthralling natural history and archeology of the region, inhabited for millennia by Ute, Arapaho and Shoshone Indians. It is also a family history, going back to nineteenth century Mississippi river boat captains and Canadian settlers, and an illuminating autobiography. Proulx, a writer with extraordinary powers of observation and compassion, turns her lens on herself. We understand how she came to be living in a house surrounded by wilderness, with shelves for thousands of books and long worktables on which to heap manuscripts, research materials and maps, and how she came to be one of the great American writers of her time.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1460 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (3 February 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KPLO1K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #300,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alexander Bryce
2.0 out of 5 stars IT PAINS ME
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4.0 out of 5 stars Admirable but not my favourite Proulx book
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3.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoy the novels and short stories of Annie Proulx
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1.0 out of 5 stars ... huge fan of Annie Proulx but found this book dull, self important and unnecessary
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3.0 out of 5 stars Home sweet home
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding novel - so well researched
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