Bad Dirt (Wyoming Stories #2)
The stories in Annie Proulx's new collection are peopled by characters who struggle with circumstances beyond their control in a kind of rural noir half-light. Trouble comes at them from unexpected angles, and they will themselves through it, hardheaded and resourceful. Bound by the land and by custom, they inhabit worlds that are often isolated, dangerous, and in Proulx's...more
Annie Proulx lebt seit 1995 in Wyoming, was bislang zu drei Bänden mit Kurzgeschichten über die Menschen dort geführt hat:
Close Range, 1999 („Weit draußen“)
Bad Dirt, 2004 („Hinterland“)
Fine Just the Way It Is, 2008 („Hier hat's mir schon immer gefallen“)
The stories range from brief co...more
Welcome to Wyoming, where the water is bad or missing and farm life is under threat, where lunch is dinner and newcomers don’t quite fit in, and where lambs are castrated with a pair of sharp teeth; where the characters are eccentric and the highest educated may be badgers (one has a university education, believe it or not!) Mercifully, one does not have to pay income taxes to live in this joint called the Emptiest St...more
Rocky Mountain News
To print this page, select File then Print from your browser
Proulx digs into eccentric West
By Jenny Shank, Special To The News
December 3, 2004
Annie Proulx writes of a West that is a touch more colorful than the one you and I inhabit. The first signs of this are the names of the characters who roam her second book of stories set in Wyoming, Bad Dirt, the follow-up to 2000's Close Range.
I made the mistake of reading the first Wyoming Stories collection (Close Range) before seeing Brokeback Mountain, which somewhat ruined the movie for me. Here's hoping none of her other stories get made into film, because I did it again.
And I'm doubting these will-- the first collection was sweeping, lonely, grandiose, heartbreaking. Pretty much everything you think of when you think of Wyoming. The second collection has stories are spiteful (Man Crawling Out of Trees),...more
"Take that damn thing off." And he was on her like a f...more
No one can avoid comparing Bad Dirt to its predecessor; critics uniformly lauded Close Range for its inventive language and sober themes. This time around, Proulx employs straightforward prose to describe her characters' often foolish hopes and dreams. Several reviewers praise the sequel for its forays into magical realism and portraits of Western yokels. It's still bleak, but there is more laughter this time. One story ("What Kind of Furniture Would Jesus Pick?") makes even the most cynical cri...more
She has a hodge-podge of characters -- a couple from New York who purchased a retirement home outside Jackson, an heiress in Casper who plays polo in Sheridan, plenty of ranchers and even a story about badgers. On...more
Annie Proulx's writing is so good, I find myself analyzing it, trying to understand how she c...more
The drop to three stars from the five I gave volumes one and three in this series of Wyoming stories diminishes my regard for Proulx not a bit, we all have our ups and downs. Here the writing rallied only once, or perhaps I should say rallied me only once, during the reading of Man Crawling Out of Trees. The rest was mostly OK but overall left me feeling I'd encountered her on an off day, out of sorts, or perhaps just distracted, but it happens, nobody's perfect. On now to volume three, my favor...more
plus, her writing is just fantastic.
we also have close range, and i plan on reading that one soon.
the teakettle played no favorites.
Proulx tells these stories w...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