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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 StoriesThe 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

10 thoughts on “Brokeback Mountain

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    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 definitely felt the feels because Jake and Heath perfectly portrayed the leading men GOOD STUFF.

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    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 feel alienated, like outcasts and have absolutely no strength inside of them, all I want to do is curl up in a corner andcry, cry, crybecause it sunfair, unfair, unfair.But crying won t help.Everyone should have the right to love freely and be loved back without being pointed at and tyrannized for showing such a beautiful emotion.We live in an ugly world.But Jack and Ennis, they live in an uglier one.What if they hadn t met Would my heart still be intact today But that s impossible Fate would have brought them together, if not at Brokeback Mountain, someplace else some other time, some other day They would still have felt that indescribable connection and denied their attraction to one another.Neither of them knows how to deal with what s happening between them, but Jack is determined to get his happy ever after He wants to settle down with Ennis and start their flawed live together Ennis Ennis is lost He s afraid, mostly When he was young, his father made sure he saw the body of the rancher who was tortured to death for being gay.He never forgot.Even a fully grown man can be scared out of his mind and prefer giving up on the most beautiful life he could have with his loved one, for guaranteed security Therefore, Jack and Ennis don t agree on the subject of moving in together Especially now that Ennis has a wife and children he can t leave them, so he says.As much as I wanted to shake Ennis, I understood his reasons for preferring to steer clear of anything that could make him end up like the dead rancher.Sometimes, love isn t enough.Sometimes, sacrifices have to be done to survive.What a cruel world.PS I didn t mean to end on such a pessimistic note, but this is not a happy story.BD Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin

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    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 loved one woman my entire life I duped her into marrying me later and, therefore, have never had my heart broken Put away your preconceived ideas and give this story a chance If anything, it will only take you a few hours to read But if you like it, I am sure you will leave this story with a greater insight to what it means to be in love with someone HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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    I rarely go to the movies Truly, the last movie I saw in a theater was Lincoln, in 2012 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 For those of you who know me, you know I can get very outspoken about my leading men, and Heath has always made my heart beat faster Before anyone could say Ledger, I was making Mmmm, Mmmm yummy sounds and saying things like Mama like, oh, Mama like My friend slid deeper into her seat and was like, Rein it in, sister But then Jake Gyllenhaal appeared on the screen and I had never seen him before and I was like, What s up, Mr Dimples Mr Sparkles Why don t you come on over here with those shiny eyes I swear I was worse than a 1940s sailor freshly docked at bay.And just as my eyes were happily feasting on all of that eye candy in Levi s, the weirdest thing happened the Heath character violently grabs the Jake character and they start to have a man on man fuck fest Ain t no other way to describe it, folks.I remember my hands went numb and I was like WTF Why are those two hot, hetero guys up there doing that, instead of down here in this row, asking me if I d like a drink What is this I thought we were having a good time, up on that mountain together Well, they were, I wasn t I was surly after that Whenever someone asked me if I d seen the movie, I d respond with, Yeah, I ve seen the damn movie While other people were getting themselves worked up and quoting scripture I was like, Why couldn t they have picked less attractive actors I didn t have a problem with them being gay, or whatever they were, I had a problem with not being able to imagine them with me Let s face it, people, you go to a romantic movie, and part of the appeal is imagining yourself in that situation I wish I had been AWARE of what was going to happen in the movie I felt taken unawares.I also wish I had been one of the readers who had known the rather obscure short story when it came out in 1997 I wasn t an Annie Proulx reader yet, but I would become one, in 2013, and fall deeply in love with The Shipping News, too.If I had read the story, before the movie, it would have been a completely different experience.Well, anyway, now I have I spent last night discovering it, and I can t believe it, but it s one of the best stories I ve ever encountered The writing is stunning, just stunning, and Ennis and Jack s love story pulls you in immediately Please, do not mistake me it is NOT a subtle story The nearly violent interactions between the men in the movie have their basis here, in the original story neither man is a shrinking violet when it comes to his love for the other But, oh, it is a love story It startled me, stunned me, aroused me, and saddened me It is truly one of the best works of short fiction I ve ever encountered And this line if you can t fix it, you ve got to stand it.To me, this story isn t about being gay it s about being in love with someone you can t have.

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    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 controversial story of forbidden love, the writing did not disappoint.Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist were both twenty and looking to embark on their ranching careers Each came from a distinct background from opposite ends of the state of Wyoming yet wound up on the same summer sheep drive up on Brokeback Mountain near the Montana border Both young men were classic macho cowboys who could hold his own on the range Ennis was engaged to be married to a local sweetheart the following December Yet, one cold night while sharing a sleeping bag, the two men engaged in a forbidden act of love that is all but taboo in the cowboy community This one event commenced Jack and Ennis relationship for the next twenty years, one that would hold disastrous for them and their families.At only fifty five pages in length, Proulx weaved a tragic story of forbidden love It is a subject matter that I often stay away from yet the writing was so compelling that I read the entire story in mere minutes Proulx is originally from the eastern United States, but her prose describing rural Wyoming is captivating, and one could see how from this short story, that the scenery could easily transfer to the big screen It is because of the writing that I stuck with the story I felt for Ennis wife who had to hide her husband s secret for years, working to support their two daughters while he pined for Jack Proulx set the story up so that the majority of readers would sympathize with the cowboys, but I was lead to feel for the supporting cast of characters who were all effected by these two men s decision of continuing a forbidden, clandestine, taboo relationship Not only were the characters well fleshed out, but Proulx weaved in multiple story lines in this short tale, making the writing engaging from start to finish.After reading the tragic Brokeback Mountain, I am left uncertain whether I will read Proulx s Pulitzer winning novel I have heard that her full length books are slow moving albeit attentive to detail and emphasizing character development rather than plot It is obvious that from this short tale that Proulx can write and I am intrigued to fit her novels into my ongoing Pulitzer challenge For now, I am left with a bittersweet taste in my mouth after engaging in this short story.4.5 stars writing2.75 stars story

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    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 crack open a bottle of whiskey and roll a joint.

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    Late in the afternoon, thunder growling, that same old green pickup rolled in and he saw Jack get out of the truck, beat up Resistol tilted back A hot jolt scalded Ennis and he was out on the landing pulling the door closed behind him Jack took the stairs two and two They seized each other by the shoulders, hugged mightily, squeezing the breath out of each other, saying, son of a bitch, son of a bitch, then, and easily as the right key turns the lock tumblers, their mouths came together, and hard, Jack s big teeth bringing blood, his hat falling to the floor, stubble rasping, wet saliva welling, and the door opening and Alma looking out for a few seconds at Ennis s straining shoulders and shutting the door again and still they clinched, pressing chest and groin and thigh and leg together, treading on each other s toes until they pulled apart to breathe and Ennis, not big on endearments, said what he said to his horses and his daughters, little darlin Who d have known this special movie was based on a short story Obviously I am late to the party, a common theme with me, but I had no idea I watched the movie years ago and loved it, and only just realised my work library held the audio CD I grabbed it quick smart Excellent and quality narration by Campbell Scott, this is a love story that is never fully realised by our two leading men Meeting in summertime, 1960 s, Ennis and Jack meet as ranch hands, their physical attraction immediate Something catches these two men and summer after summer they try to grab back what they felt that first time Both marry, and carry on with lives that lack lustre when apart, both joining again for snatches of time in the years to come Brutally honest writing as seen in the above excerpt, it is such succinct writing where ridiculous amount of depth is packed into something so small in volume, but so large in everything else.I loved the scene where two work shirts joined together, unwashed sitting inside each other is a metaphor for a forever love, joined together, never to be parted If you can t fix it, you have to stand it. I loved it, can you tell

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    Reread 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 separate and difficult lives Nothing marred it, even the knowledge that Ennis would not then embrace him face to face because he did not want to see nor feel that it was Jack he held And maybe, he thought, they d never got much farther than that Let be, let be Original review and rating 4 starsI saw the film years ago and recently, thought of reading the book It brought back the same distant yet melancholic memories One thing never changed the brilliant charge of their infrequent couplings was darkened by the sense of time flying, never enough time, never enough This is a tale about two young cowboys, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, who both develop an intimate relationship in the summer of 1963 in Brokeback Mountain It chronicles their lives as lovers each of them navigating through the inhospitable yet alluring terrain of marriage, wistful yearning, and their sporadic affair that spanned over twenty years until that fateful day I got a say this to you one time, Jack, and I ain t foolin What I don t know, said Ennis, all them things I don t know could get you killed if I should come to know them 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 Annie Proulx brings to the table two complex characters seemingly exploring their sexuality in an unforgiving time Although challenged by fate and the intricacies of marriage, they traverse the landscape and find themselves in the never ending pull of passion and love proving that mountains can, indeed, be moved.Brokeback Mountain also depicts the characters lingering fear, their longing for social acceptance, unfulfilled dreams, and lives that could or might have been had things turn out differently for them view spoiler Although the book has already weaved its tragic end, hide spoiler

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    Late to the party but I when I did get there I sure as heck enjoyed myselfThis book was given to me by a friend who said I cant believe you have never read this or at least seen the movie Well I hadn t and at 60 pages this short novela has a lot to say and really does pack quite a punch.Originally published in The New Yorker in 1997 for which it won the National Magazine Award for fiction 1998 In 1963 two young men Ennis del Mar and Jack Twish are hired for the summer to look after sheep at a seasonal grazing range on the fictional Brokeback mountain in Wyoming where they form a relationship that emotionally attaches them for the rest of their lives Terrific storytelling in so few pages and the emotion I felt while reading it really did surprise me The author s writing and understanding of the characters really makes this story what it is, strong and sympathic characters make for great stories and I really found a lot of emotion in this little novel A timeless story that that made me think, great character development and writing.The one thing I did realise when finishing the novel is I DONT want to see the movie as I think the book works very well and while the movie may be great I dont want it to spoil my first impressions on reading this novel as even the actors playing the books characters are way too cute for the characters described in the book I really think a book group would get a great discussion from this one.

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