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.
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"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)
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.
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.
I'll read anything- books, magazines, food jars, the dictionary...
A wonderful story heart breaking, but incredibly thought provoking. A must hear!
Not at all what I expected. Having heard the hype, but not having seen the movie, I gave this a try. It might make a particular statement about the harsh realities faced by Gays in part of the US. It is however not something that I would recommend for the sensitive listener. It is a harsh statement of reality.
Had the recording of this short story been as good as the story itself, it would have been w/o question a five-star job. It's a first-rate tragic love story. The reading, however, is rather dryly monotonous and in places sentences/phrases are oddly stressed.
So good was the story, in fact, that I'm off on a quest to locate other Proulx recorded works.
This audio short story degraded women and passed it self off as a special bond between two people. It is a crude depiction of love.
The descriptions of the intimate trists were nauseating and sleazy. a movie was written based on this short story.
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