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Posted January 14, 2011
What a Disappointment!
I've read the vast majority of Ms. Proulx's work and can only figure it must have been time to put out another hardback and pay for the house. The contents of this dispirited and disjointed book -- genealogy, bird watching, house building, and archaeology -- are better suited to a blog.
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Posted February 18, 2012
Nice artistry and plan
Cross Bill Bryson’s At Home with Jane Kirkpatrick’s Homestead and you’ll have something like Annie Proulx’s memoir, Bird Cloud. The Bird Cloud of the title is a beautiful home in a beautiful location, but the book investigates the whole concept of home and home-building, starting with the many places the author has lived and ending, nicely, with the many migratory homes of birds.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
A similar parallelism continues throughout the book. The author’s quest for her family’s roots, searching through family trees and ancient documents, is mirrored at the end of the book with a search through rocks and stones for the history of her land and the ancestral people who shaped it. Her longing for a wonderful floorplan is paired with an engineer’s longing for room to work. And her quest to find ultimate perfection is proven as flawed as the quest of others to create it.
Filled with detail about the construction of walls and floors, and balanced with glorious prose describing the wonders of nature’s construction, Bird Cloud felt like it should have been more fun to read. Maybe it just didn't resonate with me—I'm not that keen on the search for perfection. But it is a rich slow read, not entirely satisfying, not entirely frustrating, but definitely interesting.
Disclosure: Our book club decided to read this book.
Posted September 9, 2011
Posted January 24, 2011
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