Brokeback Mountain (Wyoming Stories)
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...more
I'm ashamed to say that I attempted to watch the film, but fell asleep about 45 minutes in. Now that I've read this story, I'm going to revisit the film.
This is the first time I've read Annie Proulx. It is amazing how much story she covers in so few pages. Her spare prose, concise style and quiet intensity really worked for me.
An absolutely beautiful, heartbreaking love story! Makes me wan...more
Let me be the first to say how utterly wrong I was. This novella is not merely about two men who fall in love; it is about love itself. The love story these men share is intense, stormy, beautiful, and heart-wrenching, and I found myself thankful that I have on...more
Anyway, I had to go to the library to stop them from billing me for a book I'd already returned, and while I was there, I hap...more
This is one of the most well written stories I have ever read. In places, it is more like a sketch than a painting. And yet it describes the main characters and their awful dilemma and, ultimately, suffering in such clear pictures that it broke my heart all over again.
This is one of the few "trag...more
Two young men, sent up into Brokeback Mountain to tend sheep...and soon enough, each other..
And when the summer ends, they seperate, go on with their lives. Families, children...
Until Jack comes for a visit four years later, and old feelings left behind, are rekindled...
AND THEN A WHOLE "MESS" OF THINGS HAPPEN with family and secret get aways they take. But Ennis can't admit...more
Another reviewer used the word 'bereft' when describing how this book made them feel. I think that's a pretty accurate emotional description.
Proulx's writing is sublime. I'm certain I don't have enough words in my vocabulary to describe how intensely, eerily beautiful her prose is. From the first paragraph I couldn't look away. I kept re-reading sections because her wr...more
what struck me about this story is that it isn't romantic::it isn't sexual::its about emotion...more
This is the story of two young men in the west in the sixties who have a love affair while tending sheep one summer. This affair continues for many years, until one of the characters is brutally killed.
According to one of the blurbs on the back of the book Brokeback Mountain "Abolishes the Old West cliches". Perhaps, but it does nothing to abolish the tired old gay...more
But anyway, I guess we're supposed to talk about the "writing."
A real economy of language. Very sparse. It's like Proulx kept carving away down to just what was essential. And yet, this beautiful landscape and beautiful (and sad) love story comes through so sharply.
You almost can't not mention the film.
And I have to say, I was pretty impressed. Lots of detalil in the film. I...more
I knew this exquisite story well from the film, and the two are very similar. It is a story of unexpected and irresistible passion, longing and loss - understated and never graphic. Jack and Ennis meet, lust and love one summer, and meet up over the years, despite starting more conventional...more
Opowiadanie jest takie surowe, można by powiedzieć, że źle napisane, ale moim zdaniem ten styl (zwłaszcza w tym przypadku) ma swój urok i mi pasuje. To dobre opowiadanie. Takie inne.
"W tej jednak chwili przepełnia go radość, ponieważ Jack Twist pojawił mu się we śnie."
"Ennis obudził się o purpurowym świcie, ze spodniami wokół kolan, z solidnym kacem i z przytulonym do siebie Jackiem; chociaż nie rozmawiali na ten temat, obaj dobrze wiedzieli, jaka będzie pozostała część lata, i niech szl...more
The quiet crush of depression creeps up on you with this one. At first, I was wondering about all the fuss as the the first third of the story laid out. By the midsection, the road ahead was pretty obvious, but didn't take any of the wallop out of the end. Bloody, Motherfuckin', God-Damned Sonnabitch!
Two men with no clue how to get what they really want and wasting time until there ain't no more.
La Proulx è così parca di parole, è impressionante. Quello che noi umani descriviamo in maniera roboante e sbrodolosa, lei lo narra in un rigo. Ma rivela una grande bravura, perché non c'è né una parola di troppo né una che manca, e ciascuna assume grande risonanza.
Questo le permette di raccontare una storia d'amore che dura vent'anni in 64 pagine e tirarti dentro, appassionarti.
E quando verso la fine succede quel che succede, è un pugno ne...more
I think my imagination to fill in the details has been polluted by having seen the movie first. With that, though, I still very much enjoyed reading...more
This is it? This is the book that has people fangirling (or fanboying)? I don't get it.
Maybe it's because of the movie. Heath Ledger (R.I.P. D:) and Jake Gyllenhaal are very om-nom-nom-worthy. I don't know. I haven't seen the movie. But the book was pretty lame.
As with other books of this nature, I have chosen to express my displeasure via play.
Ennis: I'm a cowboy. You can a tell on account I talk like dis.
Jack: I am also a cowboy. I a...more
When the movie Brokeback Mountain came out, pun intended, I heard too many times the comments Yuck and Eeew regarding the love scenes, especially that first encounter between Jack and Ennis. Maybe people still weren't used to homosexual or gay intimate scenes in mainstream movies, si...more
While the la...more
- Her prose is beautiful and full of imagery. In fact it is rather filmic in its imagery, so it’s understandable that it translated so perfectly to film.
- She is an accomplished storyteller. Her plot and timing are just right, especially in the notoriously tricky short-story genre.
- Her characterisation and dialogue are realistic, but also lean and straight to the point. Ennis and Jack (and Alma) are like real people—loving, l...more
Before I get accused of homophobia, let me be clear: I don't have a problem with gay people, or reading gay literature. HOWEVER, I did not enjoy this because I don't read sex scenes: not if they're gay, not if they're straight. I'm not into that. It's gross. It's not my business what other people do.
But because this is for class, I felt like I had to read it. Not that they were overly descriptive, but I rea...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