Feb 17, 2020
Brokeback Mountain
Posted by Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx has written some of the most original and brilliant short stories in contemporary literature, and for many readers and reviewers, Brokeback Mountain is her masterpiece 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 tentAnnie Proulx has written some of the most original and brilliant short stories in contemporary literature, and for many readers and reviewers, Brokeback Mountain is her masterpiece 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, the attraction is casual, inevitable, but something deeper catches them that summer Both men work hard, marry, and have kids because that s what cowboys do But over the course of many years and frequent separations this relationship becomes the most important thing in their lives, and they do anything they can to preserve it The New Yorker won the National Magazine Award for Fiction for its publication of Brokeback Mountain, and the story was included in Prize Stories 1998 The O Henry Awards In gorgeous and haunting prose, Proulx limns the difficult, dangerous affair between two cowboys that survives everything but the world s violent intolerance.

  • Title: Brokeback Mountain
  • Author: Annie Proulx
  • ISBN: 9780743271325
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback
  • Brokeback Mountain Annie Proulx has written some of the most original and brilliant short stories in contemporary literature and for many readers and reviewers Brokeback Mountain is her masterpiece Ennis del Mar and J

    Raeleen Lemay

    Third book down for the BookTubeAThon 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 updateSo 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 Not the most exciting movie of all time, but I defini [...]


    LolaReviewer

    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, they [...]


    TK421

    Normally, I would never read something like this No, I am not homophobic my older brother is gay but I do get uncomfortable when reading about two men kissing So, needless to say, I wasn t expecting much from this very short novella 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 only ever l [...]


    Brina

    Annie Proulx is one of the foremost American writers today Her novel The Shipping News won the Pulitzer Prize, and her latest novel Barkskins seems to have been written in the same vain As I am drawn to Pulitzer winners in my ongoing personal challenge to read them, I decided to sample Proulx s writing before undergoing the reading of one of her full length novels Brokeback Mountain set high in the Rockies and later made into a movie of the same name was originally published in the New Yorker A [...]


    Nancy

    I picked this up at the library last night because it was a tiny book, perfect for today s lunch time read.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 want to [...]


    Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*

    Review to come.This is the first time I like the movie than the book


    Sarah

    I saw Brokeback Mountain when I was quite young my mom changed channels when a sex scene came on like she always did and I have to say, it sorta blew my mind Gay was not a word I heard, unless someone in my class was teasing someone or something I grew up in the Irish countryside so I was quite sheltered until I was at least 15 16 hmm, same year we got Wi Fi But as a 12 year old, to be gay meant something bad and dirty and I never understood why Nobody could give me an acceptable answer as to wh [...]


    Puck

    That s fine I didn t need my heart anyway 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 thems [...]


    Sidharth Vardhan

    More of a novella than a short story Can be read here google amp newy


    Cecily

    I read this in the collection Close Range Brokeback Mountain and Other stories, which I reviewed HERE.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 conventional families The brilliant charge of their infrequent couplings was darkened by the sense of time flying, never enough [...]


    Aubrey

    I m fucking terrified that yesterday will mean a lackadaisicaling of today, wherein a legal, incorporated, minute change of one of many laws interwoven in the Hetereosexual Agenda banishes the rest to the what could you need closet and the society spectacle incineration This work has been termed apolitical by some, but seriously, how can you call a history of human sacrifice apolitical Not even dwelling on the money, status, and human network so often illegally amputated and afterwards legally [...]


    Caroline

    NO SPOILERS 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 Brokeback M [...]


    JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust

    This novel is surprisingly short which makes it difficult to rate the book unbiasedly I found myself replaying the exceptional movie in my mind the entire time Now please excuse my while I imagine this scene over and over again neednewovaries


    Trish

    This story is every bit as compelling, heart wrenching and beautiful as everyone claims A true masterpiece of short fiction Update 8 10 16My 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 less than [...]


    Becky

    I never really had any intention of reading this book I ve never seen the movie either Though I might now I m curious how they handled it Stories about ranchers cowboys don t exactly draw me in To be honest, Annie Proulx s stories don t have much appeal to me in general I can t really put my finger on it, but they just don t scream Read me when I see one 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 happened to see this [...]


    Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    Maybe a 3.5 This was just far too rushed to get the emotional impact of the story.


    Jenny

    I enjoyed reading the short story two weeks ago and finally had the opportunity to see the movie I was concerned about the film staying true to the short story in terms of characterization and atmosphere The reading was enjoyable I didn t want to sour the memory of it by an unfulfilling movie I was pleasantly surprised Director Ang Lee and screen writers Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana did a brilliant job of interpreting and synchronizing the original text into a script I honestly feel that I go [...]


    Adam

    This short story is about the choices we make, and the consequences we have to live with.I haven t watched Brokeback Mountain , though I ve been meaning to for years now I m not a big movie watcher, so it always gets pushed back But I am a big reader, so I thought I might as well read the short story that inspired the movie.Ennis and Jack s romance isn t pretty It s a reflection of the time and place they were living in The two are mean to each other, and to the women they married Yet they re al [...]


    Meret Punk

    3 stars Its really impressive how some authors could write a whole story in just a few pagesUnfortunately, 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 DI havent seen the movie, but I have a feeling that if I do, I will like it than the book Sorry


    ¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★•°**★

    4 Heartfelt Stars GAWD, Jack and Ennisey love so hard The book, the message IMO, was about homophobia And it was a bitch to read view spoiler I hated Jack s dad, what a mother fuc king prick He was homophobic asshole Because, as said in this book he knew And somehow Jack must have told him his plan to test it out He also must have told him the tire iron story in jest or to see what his dad would think Jack and his last argument with Ennis proved that he felt he needed to solve the problem of bei [...]


    Duane

    This is a short story, sixty four pages, but Annie Proulx crafted a heck of a story in sixty four pages The characters, even the minor ones, are described so vividly that ever detail is burned into your mind The same with the setting, the back ranges of rugged Wyoming and the small cowboy towns, place you right in the middle of Ennis and Jack s existence The story, as most people know from the movie, is about the love these two young men find with one another Even though they are both married wi [...]


    Zaara

    Sometimes words come together in ways that twist knives you didn t know you still had in your gut.Proulx achieves this with a stark economy tautology almost, but I wanted both words that leaves you both breathless and on the verge of hyperventilation.It s been long since I had such a visceral reaction to the written word.I wanted it to last longer And at the same time, I can t see how it could have.Exquisite


    Nhi Nguyễn

    Update Today, I finally sat down and watched the movie based on this short story Wow, just wow The movie was beautifully shot, with strong performance from Heath Ledger as Ennis del Mar and Jake Gyllenhaal as Jack Twist The breathtaking scenery of Wyoming, especially of Brokeback Mountain, and those chubby, cutie sheep add so much poetry to a truthful but forbidden love story.I must admit, when I read the story, I really didn t know how director Ang Lee could transform 55 pages of words into an [...]


    Rachel Eliason

    I read this recently for an LGBT book club What can I say, I didn t like it I have seen the movie and didn t like that either This is the story of two young men in the west in the sixties who have a love affair while tending sheep one summer This affair continues for many years, until one of the characters is brutally killed According to one of the blurbs on the back of the book Brokeback Mountain Abolishes the Old West cliches Perhaps, but it does nothing to abolish the tired old gay cliches Wh [...]


    Anushree

    4.5 Short reviewA little book of about 30 pages that covers a lifetime Annie Proulx has a way with words with her compact, precise, to the point sentences This story of Ennis and Jack, two cowboys, who fall in love, is gut wrenching and a sure punch in the face to all the homophobes and society in general Annie has managed to give out the exact emotions, without going overboard with the scenes The dilemma that these lovers face, hasn t changed a bit since the story was written in 1997 We still l [...]


    Viv JM

    I ve never seen the movie of this, so I went in with no preconceptions, and I loved it It was beautiful, tender and oh so heartbreaking, and the writing was exquisite I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Campbell Scott, and would thoroughly recommend it.


    Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*

    The words flow so easily, whether it s the dialogue or the description in between Such a beautiful, fully formed little story that conveys so much emotion in its barely fifty plus pages Read it in one sitting after stumbling across it at the shop this afternoon and loved it.


    Lau

    Ojal supiera c mo renunciar a t Me sorprendi mucho la forma tan linda de escribir de Annie Proulx Es po tico y muy espec fico al mismo tiempo Todo en esta historia corta ocurre r pido, como el paso de los a os Eso sin embargo no nos va a impedir sufrir Est n avisados.Esta es la historia de Jack Twist y Ennis del Mar, dos cowboys pastores de ovejas o sheepboys que se conocen por accidente gracias a un trabajo en Brokeback Mountain Entre ellos surge una atracci n que los toma por sorpresa, y supon [...]


    Serena Yates

    This book was chosen for me in the pick it for me challenge in the m m romance group here on It s a classic or should be , I saw the movie years ago, and I was amazed how short the book is.This is one of the most well written stories I have ever read In places, it is like a sketch than a painting And yet it describes the main characters and their awful dilemma and, ultimately, suffering in such clear pictures that it broke my heart all over again.This is one of the few tragedies that gets 5 sta [...]


    Vivian

    Awww.Hell The quiet crush of depression creeps up on you with this one At first, I was wondering about all the fuss as the the first third of the story laid out By the midsection, the road ahead was pretty obvious, but didn t take any of the wallop out of the end Bloody, Motherfuckin , God Damned Sonnabitch Two men with no clue how to get what they really want and wasting time until there ain t no .



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