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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Film tie-in edition edition (7 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007205589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007205585
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Bad Dirt:

‘Proulx writes in wonderful stews, everything thrown in together…the stories demand a second reading.' Daily Telegraph

'Her keen eye for idiosyncrasy ensures her continuing reputation as one of the shrewdest chroniclers of contemporary America.' David Robson, Sunday Telegraph

Praise for The Shipping News:

‘A very impressive achievement. So funny, so full of delights.’ Guardian

‘As stark and ruggedly beautiful as the storm-battered coast of Newfoundland itself.’ Sunday Telegraph

Praise for Accordion Crimes:

‘The detail is breathtaking, her ear for dialogue matchless, her observation unsentimental, her pace infectious. She tackles death, sex and the gruesome with black hilarity and the skills of a born storyteller. Rich and dense, Accordion Crimes is a splendid novel.’ The Times

‘The power and presence of this book cannot be overstated.’ Sunday Express

‘Exhilarating magic, leaves you begging for an encore.’ Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Annie Proulx published her first novel Postcards in 1991 at the age of 56. She is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News, the acclaimed novels Accordion Crimes and That Old Ace in the Hole, and the short story collections Close Range and Bad Dirt.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jfp2006 on 24 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
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 By "sugastud2" on 23 Dec. 2005
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Slinky on 12 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
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 By Four Violets VINE VOICE on 22 Jan. 2006
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. W. S. James on 30 Mar. 2013
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The sheer range of characters Proulx conjures through her writing about overlapping times and spaces in the tumbleweed-strewn vastness of the US West is stupendous. Each story has an absolutely distinct tone, but the whole collage amounts to an impressive portrait of a place. Brokeback is only characteristic of the set in that it gets inside the emotions of individuals struggling to come to terms with a world of challenges and contradictions, and readers should expect the other stories to be utterly different in atmosphere, though equally vivid.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter on 11 April 2006
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The author manages to weave beauty, pain, and humor into her stories which feature the roughened cowboys and the hard Wyoming landscape. I came to Proulx because of "Brokeback Mountain". The rest of the stories are equally well done. Proulx is an amazing writer, creating unbelievably vivid stories with a sure hand. How she uses the language is truely amazing. No wasted words. I typically don't read cowboy stories, but Proulx has won me over. Her writing is superb and poetic. These are stories about individual people, and though fiction there is truth here, wiht unique perspectives. Now that I have gotten into Cowboy mode I recently read "Lonesome Dove" another must read and "Across the High Lonesome" also not to be missed!
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