Brokeback Mountain is set in the beautiful, wild landscape of Wyoming where cowboys live as they have done for generations. Hard, lonely lives in unforgiving country. Jack Twist and Ennis del Mar are two ranch hands, "drop-out country boys with no prospects, brought up to hard work and privation, both rough-mannered, tough spoken", glad to have found each other's company where none had been expected. But companionship becomes something else on Brokeback Mountain, something not looked for, something deadly.
©1999 Annie Proulx; (P)1999 Simon and Schuster Inc. This edition published 2006 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK
"A timeless story that stands up to repeated listening and will stay with listeners long after they've finished the hour-long [audio]." (AudioFile)
"Proulx's understanding is at its most remarkable in the astonishing Brokeback Mountain. [She] knows what she could only know...by the infrared that allows a very few writers clear sight in the dark of the imagination." (New York Times Book Review)
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"Surprising different, and touching"
I belong to a book club and this was the latest nominated book for us to read. I had of course heard of the film and vaguely knew the storyline. I liked the voice of the narrator which is always a good start with an audio book. How refreshing to listen to a what is basically a love story but yet so different , not simply because it is of two men but because of the lifestyle, era and society that they lived in. A thoroughly good read and very touchingly intense.
"A speedy overview into a by-chance relationship"
I would as a complementary piece to the film.
Jack, he is an idol of bravery and challenging for what feels right to himself. The way he cherishes and looks to the future when the future does not look kindly on him.
In Jack's room, it's quite a powerful scene.
It made me sad, to listen to a story that did not work because of prejudices of old times.
I found it peculiar how the audiobook seems to go through the story a lot faster than the film in terms of the scenes. Expecting a descriptive chapter about the scenery, the feelings, etc. It goes to show how the direction added more to my expectation. The audiobook refers to many significant scenes/pieces of their history as in the past but in the film you can see them happen and connect them to their feelings later on. I find it interesting.
"Great short listen"
This is a superb short story about love and loss. Not romantic but authentic and effective.
Narration was spot on for this book.
A really good listen.
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