Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain

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by Annie Proulx

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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

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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.

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"Proulx's understanding is at its most remarkable in the astonishing 'Brokeback Mountain.' [She] knows what she could only the infrared that allows a very few writers clear sight in the dark of the imagination."
— Richard Eder, The New York Times Book Review

"'Brokeback Mountain' does some of the best things a story can do. It abolishes the old West clichés, excavates and honors a certain kind of elusive life, then nearly levels you with the emotional weight at its center."
— Gail Caldwell, The Boston Sunday Globe

"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

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Brokeback Mountain 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I think if I had read the actual story and not the movie tie-in I would have felt more connected to the charters. The story is one that I'm sure a lot of people can relate to. I am the mom of a gay man who recently came out to me. Reading this book did give me some insight to what he must have struggled with his whole life. I will definetly see the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the writing was breathtaking, and I saw the movie too. I think the ending was as it is in life sometimes, tragic. My only hope is that some awful right wing nut won't use this story against gay people by saying 'see what happens when you are gay.' I cried while I read part of this story
Guest More than 1 year ago
Annie Proulx has created a masterpiece. The love story between Ennis and Jack took hold of the reader's heart and never let go. This tragic story of love and loss is one of the most refreshing and endearing book I've ever read. In the end, you couldn't help but feeling something in you has died just like Ennis and the way he felt. Love is universal. It can be between a man and a woman or between a man and a man. Why do we have to categorize that love should only be between a man and a woman, so typical of our society's norms and cultures. Love is the greatest thing that can happen to a person and when you have that, you hold on to it and never let go. In the end, Ennis will always love Jack. And Jack will always love Ennis. They will always have 'Brokeback Mountain.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite short story by far. You don't have to be gay to relate to the characters and the setting. To call it a gay cowboy story would be to undervalue it. It's so much more.
MayaJ More than 1 year ago
Many people have labeled this book and the movie as "the gay cowboy story" but it's nothing like that. I am straight and a teenager, and I love a good film. I was just a little hesitant to see this movie at first but now it is one of my favorite movies and i watch it all the time. The book is amazing as well as the movie. The way the characters are portrayed is breath taking, you get so into it it gives you chills of how real it seems. Overall the book is amazing, the writing and story is superb and the movie is truly deserved the oscars it got, the acting of was very belivable (R.I.P. Heath Ledger you were one of my favs). 5 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brokeback Mountain is a story where two guys discover that love is not what they thought. They meet, gain confidence with each other and then fall in love, but one of them (Ennis) is not so sure about what is going on between him and Jack Twist, rejecting him at first. Then, he realizes how much he loves Jack and what he feels for him and they start a lifetime love relationship. Pride and their respective obligations in life separate them for 4 years, until they meet again to make their love save their own lives. They start having trouble with their wives and Ennis with his daughters and money. It gets so hard for both of them, but still deeply lovong each other. Until Jack is murdered. Their love continues in their minds, in their hearts, only. It is indeed a moving story, made me cry though. A movie and a book highly recommended. It makes you appreciate life because if you have been hurt because of love, keep trying because life and God will recompensate you with blessings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so touched and moved by this movie. I am a heterosexual but I know a good movie when I see it. Kudos to Jake and Heath for a very compelling performance. I was moved in ways I could not even begain to describe. This is an example of fine acting, screenwriting, and production. I can't wait to read the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't read the book yet, but the movie was so moving and enotionally involving. I got really into it and loved every minute of it. I hope to get the book very soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie this past weekend and I cannot stop thinking about it. The storyline is wonderful, and the scenery, breathtaking. It almost seems as though you are there with these two guys following thier lives. Coming from a small town, I guess this movie is somewhat haunting, but all the most, worth every minute to let your mind indulge in the beauty of life no matter gay,bi, or straight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a story long over due. I really enjoyed and appreciated the storyline and the plot of both the book and the movie. I can't believe that this story wasn't told before now. The author captures the true esscence of a real love affair. I know that in real life their are a lot of ordinary people, who are caught up in a seemingly hopeless love relationship, that because of the prejudices of soceity or some other circumstance, the relationship, cannot become a reality. I know, because I am one of those people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw the movie and then I read the book. I loved both of them. Your heart aches for them. You can't help what you are or who you are! It is a story of love and friendship that is so well written and you can picture the mountains and scenery. I felt like I was there with them. Excellent Read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When most people hear the term 'the closet', they think of a person having a secret that society disapproves of, especially a sexual secret. I don't think most people think about what it must be like for the person keeping the secret. This book talks to what it is like to fear being found out and to what extent a person will go to protect their secret. Now when I hear the term 'closet' I think of the price the person keeping the secret pays. Great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This short story is a masterpiece. It really haunts you and challanges you to expand your understanding of love, compassion and sorrow and joy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this story about 10 times, each time going a bit deeper. Then the movie came out. It was so true to the story that Annie wrote. Most unusal for movies not to take certaim liberties. It's being called the story of gay cheap! This is a story about the universality of love, real love, the stuff that is of God. Its only we humans that must categorize it and kill that which we can't or don't understand. After the movie I real the story several more times. It haunts you, stays with you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This short story was absolutely amazing! When I found out about its movie adaptation, I quickly bought the story to know what all the hype was about. Well, now I know, and I recommend this story to anyone who enjoys reading controversial (but exquisite) books. Throughout the plot, the reader is captivated by the details the author presents to him/her, and the struggles the two cowboys go through, touch the reader's heart (until its heart-breaking conclusion). Read it, enjoy it. This writer knows anyone will.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At one time in each of our lives..we have experienced the touch of a memory deep inside of a lost or longed for love...the 'shirts on the nail'...a gentle reminder of the ache we hide so deeply...the memory so precious. A lovers love story wonderfully protrayed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 18 year old guy...and until I read Broke back Mountain I was some what unsure about the whole 'gay' situation. I just had just never really thought about it. However the writing style that is used by Annie Proulx amazed me. She truly captures the innocence of falling in love. Her words and descriptions about the comradery between Ennis and Jack is heart warming. The love that is shared between the two of them is so amazing because you don't usually see that in life these days. Her use of an ever day vanacular only ads so the story. I enjoyed how there was a lot of slang and sometimes you had to think about what they were saying however it only makes the story seem closer to home. The ways in which she describes the mountain and the senses is truly breath-taking. How could you not fall in love with someone in such a beautiful setting? I was amazed at my ability to conjure the images in my head of the bubbling streams and the rocky mountains. The details that are used to talk about physical characteristic of Ennis and Jack are prefect. She manages to create the person and then develop it even further. I saw the men in my head long before I watched them in the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen the movie today January 20th, first day of exibition here in Spain. I can't explain very right my feelings (my english is not so good) but I'll try to select some words. Moving, incredible sensitivity, I've cryed ... wonderful. Hope wins the oscars to movie and actors. It deserves it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reader, leave aside whether you agree with the lifestyle of the two cowboys. The writing in this short story will take your breath. It is beautiful writing and wonderful reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain is just a gorgeous love story that should be thoroughly enjoyable for all who read it. I read it before all of the controversy appeared concerning the film. Anyone wondering should dismiss the ignorant comments and read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book about a year before the movie came out and it blew me away. I could vividly picture everything that Proulx was describing in her story. I've recommended this book to all my friends and they agree that the story is moving. When I heard the movie was coming out, I kept a watch on everything I could find about it. Then I saw the teaser trailer. It was snippets of Jack and Ennis, talking, or when they hug each other tightly after not seeing each other for years. The whole story ran through my mind. Then Ennis reaches for Jack's shirt on the hanger and holds it to his chest. That brought back to mind the tragic ending of this beautifully written tale of forbidden love. I cried for a good hour or two and after seeing the trailer, I re-read the story. BRILLIANT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it it's the best I've read in a long time. I'ts a heart warming story about two cowboys who meet on a sheep drive and fall for each other. And see each other occasionaly over over a 20 year period... AWESOME
Guest More than 1 year ago
Both the story and screenplay will move you to tears, make you feel like someone's pulling your guts out hand over hand a yard at a time, as Annie Proulx writes of Ennis. They will also make you treasure love more. The screenplay is one of the best I've read -- a terrific read and a faithful adaptation and expansion. If you're interested in delving deeper into the lives and loves of these characters and the starkly beautiful honesty of this world, buy this book. The screenplay and the essays by Annie Proulx and the two screenwriters, Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, offer a good deal of insight and color, from the germ of an idea for a short story to final film. Fascinating and powerful. Strongly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was expecting something totally different. I was looking for a memoir style book, but this turned out to be just as good. Better than the movie. Doesn't vary much from the movie either which I really appreciated. A worthwhile read.