Close Range: Wyoming Stories

Close Range: Wyoming Stories

by Annie Proulx
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Close Range: Wyoming Stories 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I will talk only about Brokeback Mountain. Annie¿s style is of clipped sentences, disjointed words that produce a remarkable semblance of intense empathy for her characters. The sexual content of this story is highly sensual and seem terrifyingly real as if the scenes leap out from the pages of the book. She is a highly stylized writer and commands a unique mastery over the usage of language that in a way creates a league of which she is the sole owner. Her finely etched characters seem so absolutely real that you feel a surge of pain when Jack Twist dies. She exhibits explosive finesse towards the end as the main protagonist Ennis enters a twilight zone, bereft of friends, family and most importantly his soul mate Jack Twist. Ennis is poor and living in abject poverty, pining for his love and pining so hard that you as a reader almost lament the death of Jack Twist. You¿re assured that it is the end of the line for Ennis. A hopeless existence, a mere pretence of a life! Now, he dreams about Jack and wakes up crying or having ejaculated in sleep. This is real melodrama the writer gifts Ennis¿s hopelessness to you. You¿re forced to introspect your own life and come up with parallels, for instance, I still dream of not doing well in my exams and waking up thinking I have failed. This is a remarkable gift that this writer possesses for this is not a story but almost an unwanted intrusion into your own life. A chance to revise your own unfulfilled dreams, little tragedies, sorrows and the same feeling of helplessness that is now the fate of Ennis. Such was the brilliance of her dialogues that they were used in tact on the movie version. This shows the caliber of the writer. Absolutely riveting, a dazzling piece of work, exquisite execution and rendition akin to a beautiful song ¿ This is a Major Literary work. WOW and Double WOW!
sportochick More than 1 year ago
The best part of the book as far as the stories go was Brokeback Mountain. A movie was made from that story and it won 3 Oscars. I never saw the movie so I can't give a review on the differences between the two though. This story walks the reader through a relationship between two cowboys that last years. While written with a slow western pace it shows how these two love each other through the years and opens the readers heart to their love for each other and their families. As for the other stories, I understand that there are many people in the world that love this type of writing and I am afraid to say it is not me. I love to read for pleasure and to escape reality. This book is written in a harsh, blunt, no nonsense style. It was for me too brutal and depressing regarding how women and family were treated. The narrators were great but hearing it instead of reading it made it much worse for me because it was so much more vivid. I know the old days were very rough but yikes this was so graphic it had me cringing. For all you people out there that like this kind of reading I am sure you would rate it much higher than I did. So will you give this a try and form your own decision?
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Annie Proulx is a great writer and she has created a wonderful collection of short stories. I did enjoy most of them. A must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection of stories is the 'Mad' Magazine of 4H Clubs; the R. Crumb of county fairs; the Bob Dylan of large scale farming in America; the Marvel Comics of the US Agricultural Establishment; Willa Cather on LSD. Beneath the severe exterior is a subtle sense of humour that pervades these desperate characters; there is dwarfism in herds; a talking tractor; a huge wayward bull that impregnates a smaller cow and its calf, killing both; queer cowhands; a rodeo bull named 'Kisses'; a strange highway shootout in Casper; airplane crashes; a fire in a farmhouse on the edge of the prairie with the viewer too far away to care; a fireball on a ledge outside a bar called the Golden Buckle; a Japanese restaurant called the Wig Wag Lodge, run by a former WWII internment camp inmate, Jimmy Shimazo; a muscular woman named Josanna Skiles and a tattooed dating service respondent named Elk Nelson; an old cowhand named Mero Corn who freezes to death in a snowstorm 5 miles from home after driving his Cadillac all the way from Massachusetts for his brother's funeral, with the cows with their frozen breath following his last steps from behind a fence.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I live in England and have no particular interest in Wyoming. I read this book over a month ago and I have read it three times since! Annie Proulx's writing creates lonely, beautiful landscapes and dark human situations. Every nuance of the human condition in wild and unforgiving situations is portrayed. It is utter joy to read (I rationed myself to five pages a day!) The imagery stays with one for weeks after reading it. My life has been enriched by the experience. Thank You.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So you have made it this far, and are won- dering why someone would take the time and trouble of writing a review for a book you possibly have very little interest in read- ing. I'll say just two things. First, Annie Proulx is a true artist. I honestly believe her works will live on for a long time afte her death. Secondly, the final story in this particular collection is called 'Brokeback Mountain,' and it is--and this is not hyperbole--the only love story ever written between two men which is convincing. The fact that the story is written by a woman makes it all the more amazing. If you don't believe me, just scroll down on this site, and you will see the entire story 'Brokeback mountain' is available to you. Do you want to take a chance and read a story that might change the way you think about an entire class of people? Annie Proulx can make you do that. She is magnificent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know Annie Proulx but I do live in Wyoming, and I did thoroughly enjoy Close Range. This is a reasonably non-New York Treatment of old and new Wyoming. Annie Proulx does live here in the 'equality state' and knows what it is like to have one's nose eroded by sand and ice in the hundred mile an hour winds. You just Can not know the whole American story if you do not read this book. Excellent.