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Brokeback Mountain [Hardcover]

Annie Proulx
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Nov 2005
Annie Proulx has written some of the most original and brilliant short stories in contemporary literature, and for many readers and reviewers, "Brokeback Mountain" is her masterpiece.

Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands, come together when they're working as sheepherder and camp tender one summer on a range above the tree line. At first, sharing an isolated tent, the attraction is casual, inevitable, but something deeper catches them that summer.

Both men work hard, marry, and have kids because that's what cowboys do. But over the course of many years and frequent separations this relationship becomes the most important thing in their lives, and they do anything they can to preserve it.

The New Yorker won the National Magazine Award for Fiction for its publication of "Brokeback Mountain," and the story was included in Prize Stories 1998: The O. Henry Awards. In gorgeous and haunting prose, Proulx limns the difficult, dangerous affair between two cowboys that survives everything but the world's violent intolerance.

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  • Hardcover: 55 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company; First Edition edition (Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743275306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743275309
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 12.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 758,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annie Proulx's The Shipping News won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the National Book Award for Fiction, and the Irish Times International Fiction Prize. She is the author of two other novels: Postcards, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, and Accordion Crimes. She has also written two collections of short stories, Heart Songs and Other Stories and Close Range. In 2001, The Shipping News was made into a major motion picture. Annie Proulx lives in Wyoming and Newfoundland.

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'Beautifully composed and wonderfully acted … a beautiful and moving story. Their story is not tragic, but heroic' Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

'Extremely moving and elegantly crafted … "Brokeback got us good," says Jack, and it'll get you good too' Jonathan Romney, Independent

'[An] elegiac and engrossing drama and a wonderful meditation on longing and regret … Brokeback Mountain may even be Lee's finest film to date' Empire

'A knockout' Observer

'Magnificent' Sunday Times

About the Author

Annie Proulx is the author of eight books, including the novel The Shipping News and the story collection Close Range. Her many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award. Her story “Brokeback Mountain,” which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Her most recent book is Fine Just the Way It Is. She lives in Wyoming. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nitty-gritty 24 Mar 2006
By jfp2006
Previous reviewers here have not always made it clear that it is a collection of eleven stories, of which "Brokeback Mountain", representing just thirty-five pages, is the last. The collection was originally published as "Close Range: Wyoming Stories", and, to tie in with the movie, has been reissued and retitled "Close Range/Brokeback Mountain and other stories", with, of course, cover photographs of Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal against a backdrop of scenery from the Ang Lee movie.
The majority of readers will come to this volume, as I did, having already seen the film, and so turn straight to page 283. The story "Brokeback Mountain" is quickly recognizable as the inspiration behind the film, and is as such doubtless the best introduction to Annie Proulx's complex and brilliantly dense prose-style. Some of the dialogue in the film comes directly from that in the story, while other elements feature in the narrative part. For example: "the brilliant charge of their infrequent couplings was darkened by the sense of time flying, never enough time, never enough." [In the film, the words "never enough time, never enough" are spoken by Jack Twist.]
Despite the easily recognisable overall situation, reading the short story is, of course, a significantly different experience from watching the film. The female characters generally speaking feature relatively little in the story, and Jack's first meeting with his wife is absent, for example, as is the Thanksgiving confrontation between Jack and his father-in-law. However, there are also elements in the story which were left out of the movie, a particularly unsettling one being a late revelation about the conflict between Jack and his father, glossed over in the movie when Jack briefly mentions that his father never had any time for him.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating, tragic, simply incredible story 23 Dec 2005
Before buying this book, after being told about the film, I wasn't aware of how short it was...One thing I regret about this book is it's length. It's such a magical and well told story that I only wish it was much longer, maybe even as long as a normal novel. Annie Proulx tells a wonderful story about forbidden desire and love which is so heart wrenchingly real and genuine that you just wish it went on for longer and that it wasn't just a "short story." I'm now really looking forward to the film adaption which is set to be an instant classic, the cast looks amazing and the acting also. I love this story!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Close Range 9 Jan 2006
Great story, brilliantly told by one of the best half dozen writers on the North American continent today. And nobody tells stories about the ways of local Wyoming folk, going about their daily business, anywhere near as well as Proulx does.
But my advice is to to fork out the extra pound, or so, and buy 'Close Range', the collection of short stories from which 'Brokeback Mountain' is taken. Non-judgemental to the end, these vignettes dissect the mores and codes of Wyoming life, delivered in a beguiling rhythm that speaks of good ol' country wisdom, at once full of warmth for the place and people, but also harsh, and veined with dark humour.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply and sparsely superb 12 Jan 2006
By Slinky
Brokeback Mountain, having begun its life as a short story written for The New Yorker, is a sparse, desolate and utterly compelling description of loneliness, longing and fate. It is short, but each word can be interpreted as a thousand - telling the story of two sheep herders whose chance meeting and uncovered need mature into a form of love, yet constrained by circumstance and fear. Ultimately sad, there are moments of pure joy and heart wrenching misery.
More than recommended - though a surprising price for something so slim.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brokeback Mountain 22 Jan 2006
By Four Violets VINE VOICE
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I enjoyed the film so much I decided I would have to read the book, being a huge fan of Annie Proulx. I was also intrigued by the fact that Larry McMurty wrote the screen play to the film as he is famous for writing the cowboy series "Lonesome Dove" which stopped short of his main characters actually confessing their love and attatchment to each other, let alone allowing their emotions to spill over into overt sexual acts.
When I received my book I was amazed to realise it was only a (very) short story, being 35 pages long and the last in a series of 11 short stories. But I was NOT disappointed by the story, though I was glad I had seen the film first in this case. Everything is there, either hinted at, implied or seething below the surface exactly as it does in the film. Even the fate of Jack is left enigmatic. The bewilderment of two inarticulate men who are in a place and time where it is totally unacceptable to openly declare their magnetic attraction to each other is agonising and poignant.
Now to read the other 10 stories!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is in the strangest place ! 16 Jan 2006
After seeing the film, i found that i needed to read the book. I purchased the original paperback copy off of a friend, and immediately started reading. By page 2 i was gripped. It was an amazing story with highly descripted dialogue, It definately is better than the film. although i feel that being such a short story, more depth is in this than any much larger novels i have read. I certianly recommend this book to anyone and feel that it proves that Love can be found in the strangest place. An all- round heart warming story, that grips you from the very beginning to the end. The ending is somewhat vague, and leaves the reader to piece together the events of previous pages to come to his/her own conclusion. Very imaginative and a novel that anyone Gay, Straight, or whatever can relate to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Annie Proulx - a genius
Well, what can you say? Annie Proulx is an absolute genius. The stories require concentration and thought to take in the very different lifestyle they describe - not light reading,... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Janet Tchamani
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!
Bought this as I'd studied The Mud Below at University and wanted to read more Proulx from the same collection. The stories are fantastic, the setting amazing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Walden Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars So Interesting
I have always admired Annie Proulx's work and before this had read several of her stories. She has a brilliant way of drawing you so fully into her characters world that when you... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Laura
3.0 out of 5 stars A book club choice which I had to read.
I do not normally choose a book of short stories however as it was required due to book club membership and chosen by someone else. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs.C.M.Nurse
5.0 out of 5 stars brokeback mountain
this is a lovely book sometimes very touching and sad very well written it is about two cowboys in america and their relationship together i loved it
Published 16 months ago by Julie Dalton
3.0 out of 5 stars Brokeback is special, the others less so...
It is probable that readers will, on the back of the film, split this into Brokeback Mountain and the rest, as the title implies. So... Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2011 by bloodsimple
4.0 out of 5 stars Close Range
Close Range isn't usually a book that I would be compelled to pick up and read, but after studying it as an english assignment I found I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2010 by Guerriero
1.0 out of 5 stars No depth....no feeling
Short stories which don't seem to have an ending, but just come to a sudden halt! Peopled by characters with odd names like Aladdin Touhey, Hondo Gunsch, Car Scrope! Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2010 by Mountain Man
1.0 out of 5 stars A real bore - thank god for the film
The worst thing about this book was having to wade through all the over short stories before getting to the 'famous one'. Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2008 by Hayles
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
I saw the film of Brokeback Mountain before I read this lovely book of short stories, and now read eveything by Annie Proulx that I can lay hands to. Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2006 by Janjo
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