Fine Just the Way it Is (Wyoming Stories #3)
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I say sweetest not because there's a thing sentimental about it, though much...more
When it comes to description, Annie Proulx is undoubtedly one of the best and most unique writers out there. With her blunt, unsparing prose, a fierce intellect and a coal black sense of humor, Proulx can paint a vivid and stark portrait of American life, and nowhere is this on better display than in her Wyoming Stories, where the hardscrabble existences of her characters go hand in hand wi...more
Proulx’s writing is exhila...more
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...save through the writing of Annie Proulx. She's been to Wyoming, too, and she's been there a long time. And her time in Wyoming was...more
Annie Proulx’s Wyoming Is “Fine Just the Way It Is”
Annie Proulx shines again in her third collection of Wyoming stories.
By Jenny Shank, 9-08-08
Fine Just the Way it Is: Wyoming Stories 3
by Annie Proulx
Scribner, 240 pages, $25
In an award-studded writing career now in its third decade, Annie Proulx has made the remarkable transition from east-coast-based Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist to much lauded Wyoming short story writer, and she’s brought her devoted r...more
The author's prose is highly regarded, and that's what led me to her. Actually, I wouldn't say her words and sentences are remarkable in t...more
C'è la natura selvaggia nei racconti di Proulx, la wilderness coi suoi panorami mozzafiato e la lotta quotidiana per domarla e sopravviverle.
Gli indiani, i cowboy, i pionieri. L'America di frontiera, il West, e anche le trivelle in cerca del primo petrolio.
E una indimenticabile macchia di sudore sul cappello che ricordava le mura di Gerico.
E quando qualcuno sta per incontrare un momento di serenità o spensieratezza, il destino piomba implacabile.
Un mondo che sembra...more
Proulx's writing continues to rock...and I can quickly disappear into...more
Annie Proulx skillfully depicts lives of hardship and struggle against the seductive but unforgiving backdrop of Wyoming as she draws memorable, complex characters whose sufferings resonate deeply with readers. Her lovely prose is as spare, straightforward, and uncompromising as the landscape she describes so vividly. Proulx balances the harshness of her tales with dark humor
Although most of the stories here are excellent, two contemporary tales stood out as my favorites. "Tits-Up in a Ditch" is the hea...more
Her short stories grab you so you can't stop reading, then once you're committed, brutalize you emotionally. Her plots subscribe to the philosophy that 'life's a bitch and then you die'. And die they do. In this collection of short stories two freeze to death, one miscarries and bleeds to death, one gets thrown from the back of a pickup and another gets kicked by a horse.
The only surviving main character has her arm blown off i...more
The characters are wonderfully drawn and you get a sense of the incredibel beauty of the landscape and the harshness of farm life.
Perhaps the saddest tale is the last one -- about unloved, unwanted Dakotah Hicks. Everything about her life is sad -- grandparents who raise her and have...more
This book is very down to earth. It is written just as life comes along, no fairy tales here. Most of the protagonists die. It seems there has to be some joy in this hard country, yet she portrays mostly the gut wrenching truths of only the most extreme sadness.
She also seems to see a homosexual possibility behind every male's door. I am beginning to...more
As for the Wyoming stories themselves, there is everything the Big Sky can hold - cattle, heartbreak, the devil, understanding, family, descriptive passages that take you off to the bright blue sky and unrelenting wind of the country.
Here's one of my favorite passages:
"Every ranch...had lost a boy," thinks Dakota...more
Fine Just the Way It Is has some good stories: "Tits-Up in a Ditch," "Family Man," and "The Great Divide" were vintage Proulx. But this collection isn't nearly as strong on the whole as Close Range. Is it just me, or would other readers like to see her move on from the Wyo...more
Edna Annie Proulx is an American journalist and author. Her second novel, The Shipping News (1993), won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for fiction in 1994. Her short story "Brokeback Mountain" was adapted as an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award-winning major motion picture released in 2005. Brokeback Mountain received massive c...more