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Brokeback Mountain | [Annie Proulx]

Brokeback Mountain

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1998 Dead Line Ltd. All Rights Reserved; (P)1999 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Brokeback Mountain does some of the best things a story can do. It abolishes the old West cliches, excavates and honors a certain kind of elusive life, then nearly levels you with the emotional weight at its center." (The Boston Sunday Globe)

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    Deana Santa Maria, CA, USA 12-31-05
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    "resonating"

    This is a haunting, resonating short story. The narration is excellent and the story stay with you long after it is completed. I can understand why it was made into a movie; this story begs to be told.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    James Atlanta, GA, United States 01-05-06
    James Atlanta, GA, United States 01-05-06
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    "Broke my heart"

    What a wonderfully written and narrated story. Actually enjoyed the images created by the book even bettr than the movie

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Joe Richmond VA 01-02-06
    Virginia Joe Richmond VA 01-02-06 Member Since 2001
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    A story that rings true to the charactors and the place in time.

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    CodyTolbert 07-14-15
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    Great short story, almost made me tear up. The author and narrator were able to capture the reader very quickly.

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    Tammy 08-03-12
    Tammy 08-03-12

    Wife, mom of one amazing son, and I have the second best job in the world, working in a bookstore :)

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    "Great story, boring as heck narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Brokeback Mountain to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely not. I read with more passion than the narrator. It was dull and unmoving.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brokeback Mountain?

    Since the novel is so short, I would have to say the entire story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Lack of emotion!


    If you could take any character from Brokeback Mountain out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Alma because I would have a lot of questions about what she knew and when.


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    Save your Audible credit for something else, but go out and buy the book!

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    Karen Nashua, NH, United States 06-30-10
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    Very good. Enjoyed it.

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    Peter TorremolinosSpain 07-16-09
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    "Beautiful"

    If you liked the film, you will like this every bit as much. Is Annie Prioulx a woman? How can a woman have such amazing insight into the lives of gay men in the 1950s? This is the only writer I know who can create poetry from such sad (and in some ways) sordid lives. Though the outcome is tragic, the fact that two very ordinary men could experience such a passionate and,in their own way, loving feeling for each other gives hope to gay men everywhere. Campbell Scott does an excellent job as narrator too.

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    A truly excellent, well-read story.

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    Eric Vanasse Montreal, Canada 02-21-06
    Eric Vanasse Montreal, Canada 02-21-06 Member Since 2005
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    "A masterpiece, nothing less"

    If any story can be called a masterpiece, this one deserves the title. Every word of the story has meaning, every phrase crafted and the whole is more haunting and disturbing than anything I have ever read or listened to. Ultimately, I think I have become a better person for listening to this (even after seeing the movie)

    Open your mind and prepare to be changed.

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