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
The short story was too important to be contained on the pages of a book, so film was the next medium to tell the tale of two men who worked as cowboys in present day America's West, found each other and tried to make their relationship acceptable.
But understanding did not come fo ...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
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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
Proulx achieves this with a stark economy (tautology almost, but I wanted both words) that leaves you both breathless and on the verge of hyperventilation.
It's been long since I had such a visceral reaction to the written word.
I wanted it to last longer. And at the same time, I can't see how it could have.
Me sorprendió mucho la forma tan linda de escribir de Annie Proulx. Es poético y muy específico al mismo tiempo. Todo en esta historia corta ocurre rápido, como el paso de los años. Eso sin embargo no nos va a impedir sufrir. Están avisados.
Esta es la historia de Jack Twist y Ennis del Mar, dos cowboys pastores de ovejas (¿o sheepboys?) que se conocen por accidente gracias a un trabajo en Brokeback Mountain. Entre ellos surge una atracción que los toma por ...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
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
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.
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
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
A me, tutto sommato, sono piaciuti entrambi, libro e film, anche se avrei preferito che il titolo italiano ...more
Brokeback Mountain is the well known story, written by Annie Proulx, about two Wyoming ranch hands that fall in love one summer in 1963. The two inevitably separate and continue on with their lives, both marrying and starting their own families. Their affair continues though for the next twenty years and is a constant source of both a ...more
I couldn't stand the writing style. Far too many run-on sentences that I found so distracting and annoying. Scenes seem to begin and end so quickly that it is as if it didn't happen at all. Though the characters are somewhat interesting, there is no depth...the dialogue ...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
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