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 think this would have worked better in longer form, as it felt way too rushed. This was a very character driven story, but I feel like I didn't get to know the characters all that well.
I'm excited to watch the movie tonight!
So I watched the movie, and it was a very good adaptation of the story! Many direct quotes from the story were used, and it followed the exact same plot but fleshed it out a lot more. Not the most exciting movie of all time, b ...more
The shirt seemed heavy until he saw there was another shirt inside it, the sleeves carefully worked down inside Jack’s sleeves. It was his own plaid shirt, lost, he’d thought, long ago in some damn laundry, his dirty shirt, the pocket ripped, buttons missing, stolen by Jack and hidden here inside Jack’s own shirt, the pair like two skins, one inside the other, two in one.
Sometimes, I want to cry.
When I hear of cases of gay adolescents and adults who commit suicide because they are harassed, th ...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
But, one day back in 2005, a good friend called and wondered if I'd like to spend that snowy Sunday in a theater with her, watching something called Brokeback Mountain.
Brokeback Mountain? Never heard of it. Sure, I'd go.
Almost no one was in the theater that morning. My friend got popcorn, and I got comfortable. When Heath Ledger appeared on the giant screen, I got sassy, and my friend got uncomfortable.
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
"Below it he drove a nail and on the nail he hung the wire hanger and the two old shirts suspended from it. He stepped back and looked at the ensemble through a few stinging tears."
Bumping up my rating to 5 unforgettable stars!
This novella will always have a place in my heart. I miss these guys so much. Perhaps, in an alternate reality, Jack and Ennis will have their HEA.
"Later, that dozy embrace solidified in his memory as the single moment of artless, charmed happiness in their separ...more
This book is like a punch in the gut. I never thought that a short story could have such an impact on me. This isn’t simply a book about two cowboys falling in love: this is the heartbreaking tale of Jack and Ennis who love each other, but deny it not only because they’re afraid of the outside world, but also of their own feelings.
America in the 1960’s wasn’t a safe place for homosexuals after all, and if society can’t accept them, how can they accept ...more
Brokeback Mountain is a beautifully heartbreaking short story about two lonely cowboys falling in love.
Author Annie Proulx is one of the few impressively skilled and deftly capable writers who are able to convey an entire lifetime of joy and sorrow in so few pages. Her prose is lyrical, poignant, and so very precise, with each scarce word used to full effect. Her words moved me, plain and simple.
Regardless of how many times I’ve seen the film adaptation, reading about Ennis and Jack’s tr ...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 families. "The brilliant charge of their infrequent couplings was darkened by the sense of time flying, n ...more
“Gay cowboy love story” may be how it’s often summed up, but that’s flippant. Brokeback Mountain is emotional, resonant, and ultimately gut-wrenching--and quietly so. This is a humble story, tightly focused almost exclusively on young Wyoming cowboys Ennis and Jack as they spend a summer working together on Brokeback Mountain. Before long they’re forced to reconcile their love for each other with their everyday, conventional, socially acceptable lives.
What’s most powerful about ...more
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This story, as Julie so cleverly phrased it, is about being in love with someone you can’t have, and few feelings are as violent as that. And I’m willing to b ...more
I adore the movie, but I have never considered to read a book. I think I just was afraid to read it.
My first surprise was the length of the novel. 55 pages?! (And audio book of 1 hr and 4 mins?!)
My second surprise was...my naivety. I thought, because I KNEW the story, I COULD read it, without being emotionally a mess. I couldn't. I didn't. I cried a river. And I still have no idea if my emotional response could be explained by a beautiful and unique prose of Annie Proulx or an outstanding narra ...more
My mind is still reeling with thoughts of Ennis and Jack; the story was simply intimate and heart breaking. It's amazing how much power and weight words can carry with them. Works like Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton and "Brokeback Mountain" by Annie Proulx have taught me that it's about quality, not quantity. Frankly, any author that can move me to tears in le ...more
The thing that strikes me the most about this story is how simple and straightforward it is but underneath that simplicity lies complexity and nuance.
Jack and Ennis are two simple men who came from nothing and in another time, in another place could've had something infinitely more satisfying in its simplicity than the hand they were dealt in this one. Something they deserved. The fact that they had to make due with stolen moments, semi-clandestine trysts and were for ...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
Its really impressive how some authors could write a whole story in just a few pages..
Unfortunately, I have seen some spoilers before reading the book and knew the ending, but it still affected me :( ..
Eventhough I had some serious problems with this book, I liked it :D..
I havent seen the movie, but I have a feeling that if I do, I will like it more than the book :)..
Sweet baby Jesus! This was everything I remembered the movie to be and somehow more of a punch to the gut. I'm perpetually amazed at how a good writer can limn a whole lifetime of deeds and emotions in a few choice words. Annie Proulx is that kind of writer. As a bonus Campbell Scott suffuses life into the characters of Ennis & Jack to point of making your heart bleed, reminding us he's a great actor. When Ennis says little ...more
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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