I haven't seen the movie and so I'm not "tainted" by the Hollywood view of this story.
It is very well written, very simple story. The story is simply told in an understated but beautiful manner. There are no graphic details to shock. Even the death of one of the characters is understated.
A short story filled with hard, bitter truth about love and loss. Very well-written. The movie truly did stay true to the short story
I read this because I love Annie Proulx's writing and because a local private school was going to teach it in English class which created a furor that made me curious. It is a beautiful story that spans the life of two men (in about 50 pages!!) I'm 60 and was surprised after reading it to find that I would not want to teach it in a high school English class, nor would I want an adolescent son or daughter to discuss it in a high school English class, not because of the homosexuality but because of the sexuality which is such an integral part of the story. In my opinion, the beauty of fiction is that it can be read and digested privately and there is plenty here to digest long after you finish the book. I highly recommend it.
The narrator for this short audio story was absolutely perfect for this piece. I loved hearing this story again and it was wonderfully done. It did Ms. Proulx proud.
Very small book but was disapointed in it. From all that I heard the movie was supposed to be really good so usually the book is even better but this was the exception. Not as good or interesting as I thought.
Even better than the movie--Although the men in the movie were soooo dreamy (SIGH)
"Brokeback Mountain" is a sad, haunting story of the impossible love relationship between two men. It's beautifully conceived and written; as a result, the story seems entirely authentic. The intensity that Ms. Proulx brings to the story is amazing considering the short length of the story.
Compelling, heartbreaking read.
This is a great love story that spans over a few decades. It is and will always be my favorite book. I have read it twice and just about ready to read it again. It will make you laugh and cry.
Short and sweet. A well written short story.
Wow. Such beautiful language for such taciturn men, it's a wonderful combination. The story is powerful, sad and leaves one with stoic yearning. Great interpretation by the narrator. This goes on my list!
Unabridged audio CD read by Campbell Scott.
I loved the movie Brokeback Mountain so I was very excited to read this book. I was surprised to find that I was a little bored by the book. I found it to be a summary of the movie... not as rich in detail. I've never liked a movie more then a book! I still liked it and it was a quick read.
What a fantastic story. I saw the movie first, and then had to read the story. The movie was actually very true to the story. I was impressed with Proulx' use of language and description, and how such a short story could leave you feeling like you knew a huge piece of these men's life.
a powerful punch for such a small book.........
Very much in-line with the movie, a quick thought provoking read. Proulx has an interesting writing style that did engage me.
This book is short, sweet and simple. It's a beautiful love story and a lot happens, but you wouldn't believe it with how thin the book is. A very good read. If you haven't seen the movie yet, I suggest you read the book first.
This is a great story despite the movie adaptation. The book is much better.
I really liked this book, a sad story about love and loss. The movie was great too, very true to this book.
Lovely little story (I am also a fan of the movie).
Great Book, excellent read, especially if you have seen the movie.
I read it as a comparison to the movie. I enjoyed both.
The only disappointing thing about this books is the size (its only about 55 pages). It ended way to quick. I didnt get enough of the characters. I was left literally gasping for more.
I did not enjoy this book, but many have.
Excellent Short Story, really enjoyed it. Saw the movie first and was supprised when reading the book how close to the movie it really was.. which is rare.
I enjoyed this more than the movie, it has more details and more insight to both of the characters than i believe a movie can deliver. It's a really quick read, which was somewhat dissapointing cause 50 pages isn't really long...but the overall story spanned a lifetime.
After such a lovely and amazing movie, I was a little disappointed with this book. It's very short, really a short story and quite sparse -- written with little emotion and the minimum of words. I found myself imagining the softness of the movie while reading it.
Wasn't what I thought it would be. I wanted to read the book instead of watching the movie and I'm glad I did. I think it was worth reading, although it wasn't the best book I've ever read, it was still an enllightening one.
This story is very easy to read. It is a good story, although it really wasn't necessarily my type of story.
Wonderful short story of a lost summer. Quick read would recommend highly.
Proulx's writing is extremely spare, and reads like the barren windswept plains she writes about. The title story is a good companion to the movie.
Well written if you connect with the subject matter
This is a very short story of about 55 pages. The story is about a love affair between two married men, and it is now a major motion picture in theaters with Heath Ledger and Jake Galenthal playing the lovers.
Saw the movie, never read the book. The book is powerful and well written. I never realized quite how short it is -more of a short story than a novel.