Brokeback Mountain

Version: Unabridged
Author: Annie Proulx
Narrator: Campbell Scott
Genres: Romance, Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: November 2005
Length: 1 hour
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Overview

Annie Proulx has written some of the most original and brilliant short stories in contemporary literature, and for many, Brokeback Mountain is her masterpiece.

Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands, come together when they're working as sheep herder 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, 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.

"Brokeback Mountain was originally published in the "New Yorker -- it won the National Magazine Award and was included in the O. Henry Stories 1998. In gorgeous and haunting prose Proulx limns the difficult, dangerous affair between two cowboys that survives everything but the world's violent intolerance.

Reviews (16)

Small yet powerfull

Written by Mark in VA on June 25th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

For sucha short story the raw emotion is unreal. Good read

Really great short story

Written by T Morrell from Woodside, NY on June 20th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Sure, it's thin and not well developed and we have a movie with top quality stars to compare to. Still, I was moved to tears on multiple occasions in a read that was finished almost before I got started. I would recommend. You could spend an hour or so on much worse...

Kind of descriptive

Written by Michelle Keller from Eureka, MT on March 31st, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good listen. Rather descriptive. Definetly not for the faint of heart.

Brokeback Mountain

Written by Oma from Paul, ID on September 14th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I usually like the book better than the movie, but in this case, the movie was definitely more enjoyable. The book was rather raw and felt incomplete.

Not the movie

Written by MJJ on January 20th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have not seen the movie, so had no preconceptions about the story. It is basically an engagingly written and creatively set tragic love story, with emphasis on the love story. So much so that for me the ick factor faded into the distance. But I have heard that the author was upset over the movie interpretation and people who saw the movie felt the book did not meet their expectations. You could see exactly where the story would have been Hollywoodized to emphasize the violence and gay bashing. It didn't seem to me that the story was about that. So if you've seen the movie, be prepared, the story is different (and short, it's a short story), but I think well worth a listen. Proulx is brilliant.

Brokeback Mountian

Written by Christy Anderson on November 1st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The story pretty much went along with the movie. I am not sure if I would have grasped the "whole" story had I not watched the movie. The audio version leaves a little to be desired as far as understanding what goes on.

Brokeback Mountain

Written by Anonymous on October 19th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Very dissapointing. I'm not quite sure what all they hype is about.

Brokeback Mountain

Written by Anonymous from Chester, NY on October 16th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This short story is part of a compilation written by Annie Proulx, named Close Range. The written Original story showed Ennis DelMar in a poorer light than he isportrayed in the film. The film allows us to view the two main characters DelMar and Quick on somewhat equal footing as the movie opens. To reference the book in order to make my point, the first page portrays DelMar in an opening passage (in part) "He (DelMar) gets up, scratching the grey wedge of belly and pubic hair, shuffles to the gas burner, pours leftover coffee in a chipped enamel pan; the flame swathes it in blue. He (DelMar) turns on the tap and urinates in the sink, pulls on his shirt and jeans..." In a very contrary note to my usual review, I must admit that I did truly enjoy the movie over the book. The book did indeed go into more depth and range of their relationship- the way their bonds were formed over the passing years, and many subsequent visits returning to Brokeback Mountain.

Brokeback Mountain

Written by Anonymous on October 2nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

The audiobook was too short and too abridged, although the narrator did a good job.

Brokeback Mountain

Written by Courtney on September 30th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I did not understand enough about the main characters of the story. For example, the reasons they got married. Was it for convenience or did they care about the women they married? Did Ennis del Mar discover that he is really a homosexual or did he just happen to fall in love with Jack Twist? I am a person that likes to try to understand why people do the things that they do, but this book leaves me confused.

Author Details

Author Details

Proulx, Annie

"Annie Proulx (b. 1935) was born in Norwich, Connecticut, the oldest of five sisters. Her mother was a painter and amateur naturalist whose family had lived in Connecticut since 1635 as farmers, millworkers, inventors, and artists. Her father was the vice president of a textile company, and the Proulx moved frequently - North Carolina, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island. Proulx attended Colby College, the University of Vermont, and Concordia University, earning a B.A. and an M.A., as well as passing her doctoral oral examinations in history.

In 1975, with few teaching jobs available, she abandoned work on her Ph.D. and began a perilous career in freelance journalism. In the 1980s she published six ""how-to"" books on a variety of subjects, including Plane and Make Your Own Fences and Gates, Walkways, Walls and Drives (1983). During this time she also raised her three sons from her third marriage while living in an isolated cabin in a rural town in Vermont.

Supporting herself and her sons on her meager income as a journalist, Proulx began to write stories for fun, creating one or two a year. Most of these early stories were written for a men's magazine about hunting and fishing, where her first editor told her that she had to publish under a masculine name, ""something like Joe or Zack, retrievers' names,"" she complained. They compromised on using her initials, E. A. Proulx, the E standing for her first name, Edna.

In 1983 and 1987, two of her stories were listed among the ""Distinguished Short Stories"" in Best American Short Stories. In 1988, Proulx published her first book of fiction, the nine stories set in northern Vermont constituting Heart Songs and Other Stories. Two of her three novels, Postcards (1992), and The Shipping News (1994), won prestigious awards?the PEN/Faulkner, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. "