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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 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.

Topics: Wyoming, American West, Short stories, Gritty, Heartfelt, Tragic, LGBTQ, Cowboys, Love, Made into a Movie, and Female Author

Published: Scribner on May 11, 2010
ISBN: 9781439130971
List price: $9.95
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I read this little book in the same evening that I brought it home in one sitting, never got up. It’s short, gripping, descriptive, poignant, heartfelt, simple, tragic, lovely, moving, and shakes you up a bit. To be fair, I’m a huge fan of the movie too. The book and the movie do justice to each other.Jack and Ennis, two men who met as sheep herders for a summer, never identified themselves as gay and don’t know how to label themselves either. “I’m not no queer,” and “Me neither. A one-shot thing. Nobody’s business but ours.” Their love and bond for each other was un-quit-able. (See quote below.) In a mere 53 pages of printed text, Ms. Proulx very powerfully convinces the reader of their eternally attachment in their 20 years of long distance relationship and beyond. Along their journey, also enjoy the author’s simple, yet beautiful and crisp descriptions: lavender sky emptied of color, copper jean rivets hot, etc.Some quotes:Made famous by the movie is the last sentence of this quote.“Try this one,” said Jack, “and I’ll say it just one time. Tell you what, we could a had a good life together, a fuckin real good life. You wouldn’t do it, Ennis, so what we got now is Brokeback Mountain. Everthing built on that. It’s all we got, boy, fuckin all, so I hope you know that if you don’t never know the rest. Count the damn few times we been together in twenty years. Measure the fuckin short leash you keep me on, then ask me about Mexico and then tell me you’ll kill me for needin it and not hardly never gettin it. You got no fuckin idea how bad it gets. I’m not you. I can’t make it on a couple a high-altitude fucks once or twice a year. You’re too much for me, Ennis, you son of a whoreson bitch. I wish I knew how to quit you.” This scene in the movie hit me like a ton of bricks, relating to the shirt Ennis found in the now deceased Jack’s closet still with the blood from their fight. The book does too:“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. He pressed his face into the fabric and breathed in slowly through his mouth and nose, hoping for the faintest smoke and mountain sage and salty sweet stink of Jack but there was no real scent, only the memory of it, the imagined power of Brokeback Mountain of which nothing was left but what he held in his hands.” The final sentence of the book – that summarizes their situation:“… if you can’t fix it you’ve got to stand it.”read more
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Beautiful writing befitting a beautiful story.
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I read this little book in the same evening that I brought it home in one sitting, never got up. It’s short, gripping, descriptive, poignant, heartfelt, simple, tragic, lovely, moving, and shakes you up a bit. To be fair, I’m a huge fan of the movie too. The book and the movie do justice to each other.Jack and Ennis, two men who met as sheep herders for a summer, never identified themselves as gay and don’t know how to label themselves either. “I’m not no queer,” and “Me neither. A one-shot thing. Nobody’s business but ours.” Their love and bond for each other was un-quit-able. (See quote below.) In a mere 53 pages of printed text, Ms. Proulx very powerfully convinces the reader of their eternally attachment in their 20 years of long distance relationship and beyond. Along their journey, also enjoy the author’s simple, yet beautiful and crisp descriptions: lavender sky emptied of color, copper jean rivets hot, etc.Some quotes:Made famous by the movie is the last sentence of this quote.“Try this one,” said Jack, “and I’ll say it just one time. Tell you what, we could a had a good life together, a fuckin real good life. You wouldn’t do it, Ennis, so what we got now is Brokeback Mountain. Everthing built on that. It’s all we got, boy, fuckin all, so I hope you know that if you don’t never know the rest. Count the damn few times we been together in twenty years. Measure the fuckin short leash you keep me on, then ask me about Mexico and then tell me you’ll kill me for needin it and not hardly never gettin it. You got no fuckin idea how bad it gets. I’m not you. I can’t make it on a couple a high-altitude fucks once or twice a year. You’re too much for me, Ennis, you son of a whoreson bitch. I wish I knew how to quit you.” This scene in the movie hit me like a ton of bricks, relating to the shirt Ennis found in the now deceased Jack’s closet still with the blood from their fight. The book does too:“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. He pressed his face into the fabric and breathed in slowly through his mouth and nose, hoping for the faintest smoke and mountain sage and salty sweet stink of Jack but there was no real scent, only the memory of it, the imagined power of Brokeback Mountain of which nothing was left but what he held in his hands.” The final sentence of the book – that summarizes their situation:“… if you can’t fix it you’ve got to stand it.”
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Annie Proulx did an excellent job of capturing the voice of a rough edged loner caught up in a relationship he can't publicly embrace, but still refuses to let go. This was a heartbreaking story about prejudice, homosexuality, and a loving relationship that spans years. The imagery was gorgeous and the story was tight and sharp.
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well, i finally read the story so long after seeing the film. the dialougue is exact. gives some insight into the film.
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The best love story of our time.
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