taking a job at a cafe caUed the Old Dog, Bob is able to communicate two exotic tarantulas as pets. After shares with his lover--with Bake- lite products. with the locals who have spent theU stories about the old days and learns how the natives feel about corporate hog farms--unreceptive: "'Hog farms create uninhabitable zones just as sure as if land mines was planted kind a right come into the panhandle and wreck it for the people rooted there?'" The stories the locals of Wooly- bucket have to tell are often more entire Uves in Woolybucket. He hears interesting than Bob Dollar. And, as always with her work, Proulx's descriptions of the land are breath- taking. Take this, for example: "And it was crazy country too, some of the flattest terrain on earth, trac- there. Does a corporation have any tor-chewed and rectangled, rugged breaks and plunging canyons, and red grass--the oddly named bluestem." One walks away from the novel feeling as if the landscape were the central character--more so than Bob Dollar. While fending off the inquiring letters and phone calls from his employer, Ribeye Cluke, who cares more for the progression of the sinister clouds too
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 2003
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