1627Short, sweet, and to the point.

Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx has been hailed by many different factors for many reasons.  The book was turned into a very successful movie, and I think it’s one of the few ‘homo-erotic’ books out there that focus more on the relationship between the men involved rather than the sex.

Not my cup of tea, I tend to like stories that are more than 100 pages.  The length itself made it feel a little incomplete, and the fact that the story was one sided wasn’t really fair either.  I would have liked to see how both sides reacted to the relationship, or the absence of one at the end.

In the end, it can only really be defined as a love story.  They couldn’t stand to be apart, and when one was taken away for ever, the pain of the one left behind was palpable.

Very good book.  Not sure I would pick it up again if I had the chance, but I can see why it got so much praise, and condemnation.

Next up: Maus by Art Speigelman

15195On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of its first publication, here is the definitive edition of the book acclaimed as “the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust” (Wall Street Journal) and “the first masterpiece in comic book history” (The New Yorker).

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father’s story. Maus approaches the unspeakable through the diminutive. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), shocks us out of any lingering sense of familiarity and succeeds in “drawing us closer to the bleak heart of the Holocaust” (The New York Times).

 

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