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Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
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May 19, 07


Disclaimer: I'd give the *movie* four enthusiastic stars, and I saw it on antidepressants. But the story is much less complex and compelling, and the moment of, erm, entry is one of the most clinical descriptions of coitus ever rendered. I should admit that I'm not really an Annie Proulx fan. When I read *The Shipping News,* I was not yet twenty and easily seduced by lush language and depressing characters. But a re-read several years later left me disappointed, annoyed, and worried about prose in general (including or especially my own).
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Nate I would disagree that the text is less complex - a lot of the detail is easy to miss. The first couple times I read the story, I think I really did miss almost half of it. It was only after three or four reads that I really feel I captured the meaning and detail of the story...


Hillary ...and the moment of, erm, entry is one of the most clinical descriptions of coitus ever rendered.

I had a difficult time getting past that myself. I thought everything else was just about perfect, though, honestly. I also agree with the other person who commented--it is very complex. The only thing is that the movie gives us a better understanding of more points of view than the story does. I think the story is strong regardless, though.


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