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on 30 March 2013
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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on 22 February 2009
With both the original short story (incredibly well written and will surely one day be a classic) and the screenplay in one volume, along with essays by the screenplay writers Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, and the wonderful Annie Proulx herself on the making of the film, this is a "must buy" for any Brokeback fan. As well as being able to compare the short story and the wonderful way McMurtry and Ossana adapted the story faithfully for the screen, missing not a detail, and a glimpse into the making of the film, the screenplay's invaluable for those times when no amount of rewinding and viewing again can make out what the hell Ennis is mumbling! As the title of the book says, from story to screenplay, combining both with the thoughts and recollections of those most closely involved in taking the story from the page to screen, gives more insight into the process involved.

I own two copies of the book - one which I dip into on a regular basis which is now battered and worn, being well read, but my other stays safely stored away, just perfect like both the story and screenplay, but this is definitely a book for reading.
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on 6 August 2015
Fantastic collection of short stories. The writing is outstanding and I found myself going back many times to re-read the gorgeous sentences. This collection is a work of pure art. Brokeback Mountain stands out with its great dialogue and moving story, but the more macabre tales are equally awe-inspiring. Highly recommended for lovers of literary short stories.
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on 21 February 2014
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 turn the final page you are almost surprised to find yourself back in your home. In so few words she really transports you and creates such vivid scenarios. In some stories you'll cry and others you'll laugh it's an amazing and completely worthwhile read.
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on 30 June 2014
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, then. 'Brokeback Mountain' itself is beautifully written and heart-rending in a quite different way from the film
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on 4 July 2013
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. There were a few stories I enjoyed, however, for the most part I found it coarse and the characters not very nice, however, there was one or two stories that were amusing and some brutal, one or two were sad, not my cup of tea but well written.
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on 22 August 2015
Lyrical. Engaging. Unafraid. Larry Mcmurtrie with a chainsaw. Short stories are the test that great writers have to pass. Annie P gets an A.
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on 18 July 2017
Great book
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on 21 September 2016
Wish it had been longer stories rather than short ones.
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on 25 November 2015
A brilliant collection. A brilliant writer. Buy it, and if you have ambition as a writer, weep.
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