Dy's Take

September 28, 2009

Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

Filed under: audiobook,Banned Books,Romance,Short Stories — Dy @ 11:44

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Okay, so this is at best a novella, but really just a short story. Overall, I liked it. It was a tragic love story, only instead of the lovers being from opposing families they were a socially unacceptable pairing.

Sort of.

I wish it had been longer, truthfully. The story is told from Ennis’ perspective 90% of the time, but you never really know, except for their brief reunion the first time they saw each other after the summer at Brokeback, how HE felt. Jack was obviously conflicted, but far more comfortable with his attraction to Ennis than Ennis was with his attraction to Jack.

The ending felt incomplete. I wanted to know how Ennis got on, how he lived with himself, whether he ended up dying alone.

Th language is a bit crude in a couple of places, but it suited the characters–60’s ranchhands and all. It was lyrical and sweet, in a way that let you know this would not end well far more often than it was crude.

Would I let me daughter read it? Not yet, but eventually, yes.

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