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Barkskins
Annie Proulx

Paperback $24.99 - HarperCollins Publishers
Fiction - Published: 1/May/2017 - ISBN: 9780007232017

In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur,” for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters – barkskins. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years – their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand. Over and over again, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse. Vividly, through the greed, compassion, lust, hope and travails of the descendants Proulx maps a human relationship with the natural world spanning three centuries.

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