Brokeback Mountain: Now a Major Motion Picture by Annie ProulxBrokeback Mountain: Now a Major Motion Picture by Annie Proulx

Brokeback Mountain: Now a Major Motion Picture

byAnnie Proulx

Paperback | December 2, 2005

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A stand alone edition of Annie Proulx’s beloved story “Brokeback Mountain” (in the collection Close Range)—the basis for the major motion picture directed by Ang Lee, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, screenplay by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.

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.
E. Annie Proulx was born in Norwich, Connecticut on August 22, 1935. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1969 and earned an M. A. from Sir George Williams University in Montreal in 1973. She was a journalist, wrote nonfiction articles for numerous publications, and was the author of several "how-to" books before beginning t...
Title:Brokeback Mountain: Now a Major Motion PictureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 7.25 × 4.75 × 0.3 inPublished:December 2, 2005Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0743271327

ISBN - 13:9780743271325

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay... I read it so I could have another book for my 2017 book list and was surprised at how short and concise it was. I had heard some much of the movie and how heavy it was and wasn't sure how the book could be expanded upon. It seemed to be more about feelings then words and not every decision was mapped out to be followed. I got the characters confused sometimes and I found Ennis violent towards his wife which really bugged me. I have the feeling I might enjoy the movie more but then book was okay.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Surprisingly short, opt for the movie instead I read the book first, and was surprised about the lack of substance. Not my cup of tea, but would recommend the movie in its stead.
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The book is better than the movie The book was easier to understand and I found the movie very boring and confusing. However, I probably wouldn't read it again.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Erm.. This is my favorite movie so I decided to read the book to.. What. A. Disappointment. Honestly, this book was so short, so rushed, only 36 pages long and I a really hoped this book would go a little further into the story, their emotions and their relationship.. Bad buy. I rather have the movie.
Date published: 2013-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Short Story Ever! Over the course of my school years I've read many short stories, and frankly I hated them! They were dull and slow and pointless! But Brokeback Mountain gives short stories a good name. I found it intriguing, I found myself eager to read more and I enjoyed it. The story is excellent and the characters are too, and it is an excellent introduction to the film version. I also enjoyed that the film version and the book were very similar which is rare! If you fin yourself thinking "I can't read this its about gays!" I felt that this was in a way an interchangable story, you learn at the end it could just as well have been two women or a man and a woman because the story wasn't about two men who were gay, it was about love, love one person has for another but the two just can't get it together. An excellent read, I highly recomend it!
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful read! I highly recommend any of Annie Proulx's work. Brokeback is a short story not a novel, that has been expanded into a a full length feature film. The original Story appeared in the New Yorker in the Late 1990's and I remember being very touched by it back then. This is a raw story of true emotions. The actual movie bothered me because of the good looking actors portraying the main characters is not true to the story. I also do not care for all the straight hype concerning this flick. It has become a badge of honor for straight men to go see this movie and prove how enlightened they are, while other men immediately demean it because of the subject matter. I don't think most straight men are ever going to be comfortable watching a gay cowboy movie with explicit sex, its just not in their DNA. It doesn’t make them bad its just the way they are (just like the characters Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar can't help the way they are). In conclusion if you’re a big fan of the movie youll probably love this book. If you want the real deal I recommend Proulx's, Close Range : Wyoming Stories the compilation of short stories that includes BrokeBack . The one fear I have about the success of Brokeback is that the author will forever be classified as the Gay cowboy author which would be a shame! I also recommend the cult classic thriller Tourist in the Yucatan.
Date published: 2006-01-19

Editorial Reviews

"A stand-out story...'Brokeback Mountain' is the sad chronology of a love affair between two men who can't afford to call it that. They know what they're not -- not queer, not gay -- but have no idea what they are."
-- Walter Kirn, New York