Wednesday, 6 August 2008
ANNIE PROULX'S SAGEBRUSH
What did you all make of Annie Proulx's new story 'The Sagebrush Kid' in The Guardian mag at the week-end?
After a very factual beginning (snooze) it took off, I thought. It was nicely creepy. I adore the mad names she conjures up (for all I know they are real). There was Mizpah Fur, Dr Frill and Mrs Quirt, to name a few.
Unusual names have a tendency to stick out oddly in many writers' stories but Annie seems adept at making them fit with both the story and the character. Who could ever forget Quoyle and Wavey Prowse from The Shipping News?