Book Reviews of Close Range : Wyoming Stories

Close Range : Wyoming Stories
Close Range Wyoming Stories
Author: Annie Proulx
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ISBN-13: 9780684852225
ISBN-10: 0684852225
Publication Date: 2/10/2000
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 90 ratings
Publisher: Scribner
Book Type: Paperback
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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.
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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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Annie Proulx's stories of Wyoming are wonderful. I wish she had more of these.
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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.
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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.
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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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I got this to read "Brokeback Mountain" and enjoyed that story and many others in it.
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I'm not the biggest fan of her style, and even less so after reading how wonderful she apparently thinks she is.
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Several short stories. Enjoyed the colorful language.
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the short story of Brokeback Mountain was every bit as compelling as the movie. The rest of the short stories left me cold.
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Really good short stories.
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I liked The Shipping News better. Short Stories aren't my favorite, though.
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Contains "Brokeback Mountain" and other stories.
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I just could not get into this book. The characters were not interesting and the tales were bleak. Even during the famous 'Brokeback Mountain", all I could think was 'get to the point'!
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These are amazing, heart-wrenching stories, but not for the faint of heart -- they can be gut-wrenching, too. Annie Proulx guns down one cliche after the next in her beautiful descriptions of life out West. Saddle up and get ready to ride America's lonely range.
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I only read the last story "Brokeback Mountain" but I hear there are other storieslike "The Shipping News" that are very good.