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Close Range by Annie Proulx
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it was amazing
bookshelves: short-stories, read-2012

This is such a beautifully written book. The prose is so well crafted and polished until it shines. Annie Proulx’s subtle mixture of the character’s voice and local dialect and slang with her own elegiac descriptions is a great example of free indirect style. She is amazing at describing landscapes and summing up people in a few sentences and she’s good at the subtlety of smell (all these cattle ranchers pong). My favourite stories were Brokeback Mountain – but you kind of imagine the story with the actors, having seen the movie a few times – and also The Mud Below – which was about a rodeo rider, and I imagine they also used bits of in the film. The rest of the stories are consistently good too.
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Reading Progress

April 13, 2012 – Started Reading
April 13, 2012 – Shelved
April 13, 2012 – Shelved as: short-stories
April 14, 2012 –
page 100
April 14, 2012 –
page 100
31.45% "amazing so far, each sentence like a polished gem"
April 25, 2012 –
page 270
April 26, 2012 – Finished Reading
December 16, 2015 – Shelved as: read-2012

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