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The friendship between Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two cowboys, gradually evolves into an intimate relationship while they are working together as a herder and camp tender and living a remote cabin, sharing a bond that spans many years and frequent separations, in a stand-alone story from the collection Close Range. Simultaneous. 10,000 first printing. (A Focus Features film, written by Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, directed by Ang Lee, releasing December 2005, starring Jake Gyllenhaal & Heath Ledger)
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Annie Proulx is the author of eight books, including the novel The Shipping News and the story collection Close Range. Her many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award. Her story “Brokeback Mountain,” which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Her most recent book is Fine Just the Way It Is. She lives in Wyoming.From AudioFile:
Originally published in THE NEW YORKER and then as part of the collection CLOSE RANGE, Annie Proulx's short story packs a punch. Cowboys Jack Twist and Ennis del Mar find love or something like it watching over a herd of sheep one summer on Wyoming's Brokeback Mountain. Their lives diverge and intersect again and again as they simultaneously resist and are drawn into a doomed, impossible romance. Campbell Scott's clear reading puts Proulx's beautiful and harsh language front and center. The story is mostly straight narration, but there are a few chances for dialogue, and Scott gives the various characters subtle Western shading, with a gentle drawl for Jack and a gravelly growl for Ennis. It's a timeless story that stands up to repeated listening and will stay with listeners long after they've finished the hour-long CD. J.M.D. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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