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Close Range: Wyoming Stories
Close Range Wyoming Stories
Author: Annie Proulx
Annie Proulx's masterful language and fierce love of Wyoming are evident in this collection of stories about loneliness, quick violence, and wrong kinds of love. In "The Mud Below," a rodeo rider's obsession marks the deepening fissures between his family life and self-imposed isolation. In "The Half-Skinned Steer," a...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780684852218
ISBN-10: 0684852217
Publication Date: 5/10/1999
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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4.5 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: Scribner
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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reviewed Close Range: Wyoming Stories on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Wonderful collection of stories, including "Brokeback Mountain." Proulx writes of Wyoming with interesting characters and stories and superb prose.
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Helpful Score: 2
I just don't enjoy this writer. She is stark, the stories are mostly brutal. I like endings spelled out. Broke Back Mountain was in this collection and it was the best story in the book. I never saw the movie but that story was touching and not sordid at all. It was probably worth it for that one story, and some people might appreciate that style of writing.
racprint avatar reviewed Close Range: Wyoming Stories on + 24 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This collection of short stories includes "Brokeback Mountain" from which the movie was made. This writing is about as sparse as it gets, resembling, no doubt, the vast plains about which Proulx writes so movingly.
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desertdreamer avatar reviewed Close Range: Wyoming Stories on + 23 more book reviews
Annie Proulx's stories of Wyoming are wonderful. I wish she had more of these.
Snowball7470 avatar reviewed Close Range: Wyoming Stories on + 129 more book reviews
I got this to read "Brokeback Mountain" and enjoyed that story and many others in it.
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Annie Proulx, who plainly loves Wyoming and truly understands loneliness, offers eleven stories written in the "spare, gnarly prose" that her readers have become acqainted with through her novels, The Shipping News and Accordion Crimes, and other story collections. In the last story in this collection, Brokeback Mountain, she deals most effectively with the homoerotic strain in American culture, when she writes of Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist and their 20-year relationship. This story was the basis of a film by the same name, featuring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger.
reviewed Close Range: Wyoming Stories on + 32 more book reviews
Annie Proulx's stories hold the reader's interest; there is no doubt about that. This collection of short stories is dynamic and paints, I think, a realistic picture of the modern West but still contains random sparks of fantasy throughout. Her characters are typically gritty, jaded, and generally worn down by the dust, sun and bone-chilling winters of Montana. While "Brokeback Mountain" is part of this collection, it is by no means the best of it. Reading this made me want to read more of her work.
thekaps avatar reviewed Close Range: Wyoming Stories on + 6 more book reviews
I bought this book because I wanted to read the short story Brokeback Mountain. I was happy with the read. I did not read all of the other stories contained in the book.


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