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Close Range by Annie Proulx
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Close Range (1999)

by Annie Proulx

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2.5 stars ( )
  Kirstielee | Apr 16, 2018 |
I got half way through before deciding I have little interest in what occurs in Wyoming. I liked Broke Back and Shipping News (Newfoundland) , but in this collection you are given a short time to care about and become invested in the characters, and I failed to make the deadline. Not only did I fail to become invested, but I felt sort of morose about them like when reading Cormac McCarthy. In short Wyoming makes me feel sad and detached.
  rosechimera | Mar 16, 2018 |
I got half way through before deciding I have little interest in what occurs in Wyoming. I liked Broke Back and Shipping News (Newfoundland) , but in this collection you are given a short time to care about and become invested in the characters, and I failed to make the deadline. Not only did I fail to become invested, but I felt sort of morose about them like when reading Cormac McCarthy. In short Wyoming makes me feel sad and detached.
  rosechimera | Mar 16, 2018 |
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 |
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"Reality's never been of much use out here."
-Retired Wyoming Rancher
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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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