Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain

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A stand alone edition of Annie Proulx's beloved story "Brokeback Mountain" (in the collection Close Range )--the basis for the major motion picture directed by Ang Lee, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, screenplay by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.

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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2005
Edition: First Scribner trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9780743271325
Characteristics: 55 p. ; 19 cm


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Franln Jul 24, 2017

Such a sad love story of a relationship that could not be accepted or pursued.

Apr 02, 2017

A beautiful and understated story, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN is a great novella, no question. I saw the film first, which is a big no-no, forever altering one's perception of the characters, the locations, the tone, and even the plot. The film was so moving, touching your heart and soul deeply, deep enough that it's difficult to forget what you've seen and reimagine it all to appreciate Annie Proulx's source material. Still, her writing is meaningful and her heart is pure. You can feel the nature around her characters, the nature of her characters, and that is not to be ignored. Although I may not read this book again, I don't regret it for a second, and considering its brevity, I recommend everyone give it a shot.

Oct 13, 2016

Powerful! I really liked this short story. I had seen the movie forever ago and was underwhelmed by it, but after reading this I want to revisit it. The characters are well developed and the story is painfully, beautifully told. The reason for 4 stars and not 5 is that I wish it would have been longer (maybe another 25 pages?). The story moved almost too quickly to really appreciate the some of the subtle details.

Jan 11, 2015

Told through judiciously sparse prose, this beautiful and tragic love story offers great insight into the nature of love.

Lani_T Dec 12, 2014

To me, one of the one of the most beautiful love stories ever written.

Nov 16, 2010

I read this short story long before the movie came out, and loved it! Its beautifully written and the sadness of it lingers long after you've finished the book.

Jan 29, 2010

? ?Brokeback Mountain? in Close Range: Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx, 2000, Scribner (Literary Fiction/ Historical Fiction/ Romance/ Short Stories)

Before ?Brokeback Mountain? was a critically acclaimed and controversial film from director Ang Lee, it was a small love story tucked in the pages of author Annie Proulx?s collection, Close Range: Wyoming Stories. The stories share a common setting?the big sky open country of Wyoming?and have common themes of love, family, and emotional survival as well. But ?Brokeback Mountain? is certainly one of the more memorable tales. Jack Twist and Ennis del Mar are roughnecks, country boys brought up through hard work to expect a life of more of the same. When they meet on a job one summer in 1963, herding sheep up and down Brokeback Mountain, they don?t expect to fall in love?and certainly not with each other. But when a sudden, almost wordless passion overwhelms them, Jack and Ennis welcome a chance at real human connection. After their summer fling, the cowboys return to their separate lives and as the years pass, those lives include steady jobs, wives, and children. These scenes of traditional domesticity are forever disturbed when Jack and Ennis reunite and rekindle what becomes a twenty-year love affair. These twenty years, despite the closeness Jack and Ennis share, are not easy?for the couple, for their families, or for the reader. Proulx?s terse, straight-forward prose is ideally suited to conveying the pent-up pains and passions of these unbreakable men who know how they feel but haven?t the words, means, or opportunities to declare it. The Close Range collection was named one of Library Journal?s Best Books of the year and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize (which Proulx won in 1993 for her novel The Shipping News); ?Brokeback Mountain? was singled out for an O. Henry Award and The New Yorker won a National Magazine Award for Fiction when it published the story first in 1998. The gender and orientation of the lovers in ?Brokeback Mountain? may be other than ordinary, but few can deny the heart-wrenching power of this simple country story.

Nov 04, 2007

Great book by Canadian author.


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Apr 02, 2017

“There was some open space between what he knew and what he tried to believe, but nothing could be done about it, and if you can't fix it you've got to stand it.”

Apr 02, 2017

“Tell you what, we could a had a good life together, a f**kin real good life. You wouldn't do it, Ennis, so what we got now is Brokeback Mountain. Everthing built on that. It's all we got, boy, f**kin all, so I hope you know that if you don't never know the rest.”

Apr 02, 2017

“I wish I knew how to quit you.”


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