Title: Brokeback Mountain
Author: Annie Proulx
Published in English: 1999
Dansk titel: Brokeback Mountain: Historier fra Wyoming
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2011
Finished Reading: April 2019
Genre: LGBT, Short Stories & Romance
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Annie Proulx has written some of the most original and brilliant short stories in contemporary literature, and for many readers and reviewers, “Brokeback Mountain” is her masterpiece.
Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands, come together when they’re working as sheepherder and camp tender one summer on a range above the tree line. At first, sharing an isolated tent, the attraction is casual, inevitable, but something deeper catches them that summer.
Both men work hard, marry, and have kids because that’s what cowboys do. But over the course of many years and frequent separations this relationship becomes the most important thing in their lives, and they do anything they can to preserve it.
Whilst there’s other stories in this book, the memorable one is Brokeback Mountain. It shouldn’t come as a surprise seeing as I’ve taken an interest in LGBT books, that I’ve seen the movie a bunch of times. It was a good adaption to the story, many direct quotes from the story were used and it followed the same exact plot. The book was too short though. Could have used a full-length book of about 400 pages or maybe even more. I wasn’t satisfied leaving these two bellowed characters so soon after I’ve begun reading about them.
I’m not sure if I’d recommend reading the book though, since the acting by Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger is so bloody well done, they bring out the characters so well; you don’t get any more detail from reading the book.
I didn’t like the writing. At times, it was difficult to figure out whether things were said or not. But putting that aside, it truly is a beautiful, heartbreaking love story, that makes you happy that things are changing for the better in terms of same sex relationships. If only things had been different back then, then I wouldn’t be crying my eyes out right now.
As mentioned before, the book contain other stories with different people. To be honest I didn’t think too much about them once I finished reading them short stories. That being said, it’s definitely not the last time I’ll pick this up and enjoy the epicenes of Brokeback Mountain.
It’s no wonder this was filmatized!