Review: Brokeback Mountain — Annie Proulx

Read: 65
To Go: 35

Book List:
61. The Very Thought of You — Rosie Alison
62. Possession — A.S. Byatt
63. Maine — J. Courtney Sullivan
64. Winnie the Pooh — A.A. Milne
65. Brokeback Mountain — Annie Proulx

“Top 50 38 Romantic Lines” read: 11/38

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.

Romantic quote: “I wish I knew how to quit you.”

After a little searching, I found Brokeback Mountain online. Gotta love the internet!

Just like with Winnie the Pooh, I don’t plan to actually review Brokeback Mountain because it was so short — blessedly short, in comparison to the longer novels I’ve been reading lately. Anyway, I will say that I really admired how closely the movie adaptation stuck to the original work. (Except Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal were much more attractive than the descriptions of Ennis and Jack were.) While I was reading the story I could actually picture the movie in my head.

Aside from that: like with the movie, I felt really moved by the story, but at the same time I found myself laughing often, even during the emotional scenes. Mostly because of the dialogue — I could just picture these twangy accents of clearly uneducated men, and it was funnier than it should’ve been. For example, my favourite quote from the whole story:

“You know, friend, this is a goddamn bitch of a unsatisfactory situation. You used a come away easy. It’s like seein the pope now” (Proulx).

Not Annie Proulx’s fault. I blame Wyoming.

Next book: Currently undecided. I’m getting to the point where I start looking at the page count before I commit to a book, just because I want to finish it ASAP. I’m going to desperate measures to get this challenge done in two months.

– Kelsey

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