Today’s book review of this single short story is brought to you by yours truly, Morgen Bailey. If you’d like your book reviewed or to send me a book review of another author’s book, see book-reviews for the guidelines. Other options listed on opportunities-on-this-blog.
Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
‘Brokeback Mountain’ is set in the beautiful, wild landscape of Wyoming where cowboys live as they have done for generations. Hard, lonely lives in unforgiving country. Jack Twist and Ennis del Mar are two ranch hands, glad to have found each other’s company where none had been expected. But companionship becomes something else on Brokeback Mountain, something not looked for – an intimacy neither can forget.
‘Brokeback Mountain’ was made into an Academy Award-winning film by Ang Lee, and starred Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway.
This short story is available (as part of the collection ‘Close Range’) via http://www.amazon.co.uk/Close-Range-Brokeback-Mountain-Stories/dp/0007205589 or http://www.amazon.com/Close-Range-Brokeback-Mountain-Stories/dp/0007205589.
Review (of the audiobook)
This audiobook was narrated by Campbell Scott, not a narrator I’d come across before, who had the accent – as far as I could tell – to a (clichéd) tee.
Told in third person point of view, the story starts with Innes – older with a married daughter – recalling how he met Jack, their cattle herding and how close they became. The years move on; they both marry and have children but their thoughts are never far away from each other. They then meet up as another herding opportunity arises and how the time spent together damages Innes’ marriage.
Tragedy strikes and the beautiful description follows Innes’ journey up north before returning home, head full of memories.
The film follows the story fairly faithfully which is not surprising given how vivid the writing is and at little over an hour, isn’t far short of a film length itself.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Based in Northamptonshire, England, Morgen Bailey (“Morgen with an E”) is a prolific blogger, podcaster, editor / critiquer, Chair of NWG (which runs the annual H.E. Bates Short Story Competition), Head Judge for the NLG Flash Fiction Competition and creative writing tutor for her local county council. She is also a freelance author of numerous ‘dark and light’ short stories, novels, articles, and very occasional dabbler of poetry. Like her, her blog, https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, is consumed by all things literary. She is also active on Twitter, Facebook along with many others (listed on her blog’s Contact page). She also recently created five online writing groups and an interview-only blog.
Her debut novel is the chick lit eBook The Serial Dater’s Shopping List ($0.99 / £0.77) and she has six others (mostly crime) in the works. She also has eight collections of short stories available (also $0.99 / £0.77 each) – detailed on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/books-mine/short-stories.
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