Monday, 22 May 2017

MPOV: Brokeback Mountain

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 3.93
Published: October 13, 1997
Author: Annie Proulx
Genre: short story, GLBT romance

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

The New Yorker won the National Magazine Award for Fiction for its publication of "Brokeback Mountain," and the story was included in Prize Stories 1998: The O. Henry Awards. In gorgeous and haunting prose, Proulx limns the difficult, dangerous affair between two cowboys that survives everything but the world's violent intolerance.

The above taken from Goodreads.

I didn't know the movie was adapted from a short story. In fact, I never did finished watching the movie as it was a little yucky for me, too gross to continue watching it! Finally, I was able to read the whole story and now I know the ending LOL! You can read it too, here:
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1997/10/13/brokeback-mountain

I was also surprised that it was written by a female author! Annie Proulx at that! It was a simple, honest yet sensitive read. Though it's about 2 gay cowboys, it did felt more feminine at some point. The slang adapted in the story was a little confusing for me but generally it was understandable. Also, it was emotionally engaging thus had me finishing the story within a couple of hours. Well, at least now I know how it ended :-)
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