#19 — Barkskins: A Novel

Barkskins: A Novel by Annie Proulx
Rating: 4/5
  • A 700+ pg tome focused on the history of paper/timber industry in the United States
  • The past seemed more vivid and real than the present; the story lost steam along the way but I guess after 700 pages you get tired
  • The narrative flipped between the colonizer and the colonized through the generations. It also showed the contrasting experiences of the two sides– there are those who jumped on the opportunities presented and there are those who were forced to adapt (or not) to the realities/circumstances they were faced with
  • Proulx talks a lot about these poor thousand-year old trees that got cut down, but a lot of people have pointed out that the non-electronic version of this book is contributing to the cutting of significantly more trees, which is funny but not funny