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Close Range : Wyoming Stories (original 1999; edition 2000)

by Annie Proulx

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Title:Close Range : Wyoming Stories
Authors:Annie Proulx
Info:Scribner (2000), Edition: 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction Ed, Paperback, 285 pages
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Close Range by Annie Proulx (1999)

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Her style is not my taste. ( )
  Kitty.Cunningham | Jul 19, 2017 |
'Dangerous and indifferent ground: against its fixed mass the tragedies of people count for nothing', 14 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Close Range: Wyoming Stories: v. 1 (Wyoming Stories 1) (Paperback)
Eleven stories set in the harsh cowboy world of Wyoming: failing ranches, their owners going down with them, hard drinking, sleeping around. The loneliness - a young girl befriends a tractor in her solitude on her parents' ranch. The glamour and the pain of a rodeo star. A couple of folk tales about livestock. And behind it all the bleakness and cold:

'Ten days before June a blizzard caromed over the plains, drifting house-high on lee slopes, dragging a train of arctic air that froze the wet snow, encased new calves in icy shells'
Not a book to read in one go - I interspersed it with something totally different - but a brilliant read that brings the world of the cowboy to life. ( )
  starbox | Jul 9, 2016 |
A collection of stories of desperation, loneliness, violence, and wrong kinds of love.
  MerrittGibsonLibrary | Jul 6, 2016 |
2.75 stars. like usually happens in a book of shorts, for me anyway, i liked some but not all. overall they're just above average, though, even as i find myself a little confused by annie proulx. her writing is sometimes gorgeous and sometimes strange (the last was why i had such trouble with the shipping news). and what strange names almost all of her characters have. i definitely didn't like all of these, but enjoyed the mud below the best, and then the half-skinned steer, brokeback mountain, and pair a spurs. i wish her writing was more consistent, although i guess most everyone else doesn't mind. but when it's good, it's really really good. and what a sense of place she captures.

"It was her voice that drew you in, that low, twangy voice, wouldn't matter if she was saying the alphabet, what you heard was the rustle of hay. She could make you smell the smoke from an unlit fire."

"Ennis, riding against the wind back to the sheep in the treacherous, drunken light, thought he'd never had such a good time, felt he could paw the white out of the moon." ( )
  elisa.saphier | Jun 26, 2016 |
“The country appeared as empty ground, big sagebrush, rabbitbrush, intricate sky, flocks of small birds like packs of cards thrown up in the air, and a faint track drifting toward the red-walled horizon. Graves were unmarked, fallen house timbers and corrals burned up in old campfires. Nothing much but weather and distance, the distance punctuated once in a while by ranch gates, and to the north the endless murmur and sun-flash of semis rolling along the interstate.”

There's no joy, or when it does come, it's flawed and fleeting. In her stories, the characters live a miserable existence, and those who do manage to leave, return broken or dead. I thought her writing bore an outstanding sense of place.

In her acknowledgements, she writes, “In Wyoming not the least fantastic situation is the determination to make a living ranching in this tough and unforgiving place.” And that’s exactly how she’s painted every story in this collection. Both the land and its people in her stories are tough and unforgiving.

If that was her goal, she did a great job with it. But such unrelenting misery did not make a good reading experience for me. ( )
  countrylife | Jun 26, 2016 |
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"Reality's never been of much use out here."
-Retired Wyoming Rancher
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These stories are for my children

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In the long unfurling of his life, from tightwound kid hustler in a wool suit riding the train out of Cheyenne to geriatric limper in this spooled-out year, Mero had kicked down thoughts of the place where he began, a so-called ranch on a strange ground at the south hinge of the Big Horns.
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Contents: Half-Skinned Steer
Mud Below
Job History
Blood Bay
People in Hell Just Want a Drink of Water
Bunchgrass Edge of the World
Pair a Spurs
Lonely Coast
Governors of Wyoming
55 Miles to the Gas Pump
Brokeback Mountain.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0684852225, Paperback)

Pulitzer Prize-winner E. Annie Proulx forays through the underside of America's beloved Wild West in Close Range, a collection of stories about hardship and more hardship in Wyoming territory. Understanding that the West's infinite spaces tended to inspire neither introspection nor contemplation, but a violent and insatiable restlessness, Proulx's eight stories are dark reflections on the lives of a handful of characters striving to define themselves against the unforgiving landscapes. The three professional actors chosen to read the text give strong, resounding interpretations of the macabre tales. (Running time: 6 hours, 4 cassettes) --Natasha Senjanovich

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A collection of stories set in Wyoming. They range from The Mud Below, on an itinerant rodeo cowboy, to People in Hell Just Want a Drink of Water, which is on a family feud.

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