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Close Range by Annie Proulx
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Jun 02, 09

Read in June, 2009

My biggest problem with this book, or any of the Annie Proulx stories that I've read, is that they are basically all the same story:

Simple cowboy/rancher/farmer with a hard life and mean family gets all mixed up with sex & desire that pretty much leaves him messed up for the rest of his life. We assume everybody dies unhappy but most of the time, there's not a cut and dried ending.

I think I only need to read that story one time, not over and over.

Yes the stories are well written, and worthwhile reading. I guess I do have kind of a problem with her prose... overly elaborate & showy... she's kind of the opposite of Cormac McCarthy.

Pick any of the stories from this book and you've read them all. Brokeback Mountain is probably the story most people would pick because of its movie fame.

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