Close Range: Brokeback Mountain and Other Stories
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I hope you enjoy this book - I did - very much!
It came as a surprise for me - I never intended to read it - just release it. Short stories about cowboys? No, thanks. But then I had to wait for someone in my car, the book lying next to me, already in it's release bag. I read one story, a second, and took it back home with me. And they are GREAT! Hard, cynical, lyrical, funny, incredible. As a kind of bonus I discovered that the last story is Brokeback Mountain - I love the film, and the story is well written, too.
55 Miles to the Gas Pump? OMG!!! And of course Brokeback Mountain.
The year 1999 brought Close Range, the first of her three Wyoming short-story collections (Bad Dirt in 2004, Fine Just the Way It Is in 2008). The stories were like quick gut punches, unflinching groks at people’s doggedness and the indifferent splendor of the physical world. Here was a female writer tapping on Conrad and Hemingway’s graves. The final story, “Brokeback Mountain,” is just 29 pages long, but wrenching in a way that a movie could never be. These later books have surprised even the critics and the literary judges that awarded her a Pulitzer Prize for News. How weird was it that Proulx had appeared from out of nowhere at the age of 53 with her first book and within 15 years had become known as one of the best American writers, period?
Counts for the USA.
A great interview:
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I simply love Annie Proulx's work.My favourite is Accordion Crimes.
This book will be my read for the coming summer days.
Thanks for leaving it behind for me to find on a very rainy day .....