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337 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 1993
A coil of rope
A Flemish flake is a spiral coil of one layer only.
It is made on deck, so that it may be
Walked on, if necessary.
THE ASHLEY BOOK OF KNOTS
And it may be that love sometimes occurs without pain or misery.Ugh. I spent far too long reading The Shipping News to waste much time reviewing it. This book tells the tale of Quoyle, a middle-aged man with a “great damp loaf of a body” who aspires to be merely pathetic. When his cheating wife is killed in a car accident, he moves with his two daughters and his aunt to their ancestral home in Newfoundland. Like Forest Gump, he somehow keeps failing upwards. Slowly, he sucks a little less, and by the end of the story he finds love.