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Fine Just the Way it Is ❮KINDLE❯ ❆ Fine Just the Way it Is ❃ Author Annie Proulx – Liversite.co.uk Generations struggle in the American frontier West Every ranchhad lost a boy, thinks Dakotah Hicks as she drives through the hammered red landscape of Wyoming, boys smiling, sure in their risks, healt Generations struggle in the the Way PDF/EPUB ✓ American frontier West Every ranchhad lost a boy, thinks Dakotah Hicks as she drives through the hammered red landscape of Wyoming, boys smiling, sure in their risks, healthy, tipped out of the current of life by liquor and acceleration, rodeo smashups, bad horses, deep irrigation ditches, high trestles, tractor rollovers and unloaded guns Her boy, tooThe trip along this Fine Just MOBI :ð road was a roll call of grief.


About the Author: Annie Proulx

Also published as E the Way PDF/EPUB ✓ Annie ProulxEdna Annie Proulx is an American journalist and author Her second novel, The Shipping News , won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for fiction in Her short story Brokeback Mountain was adapted as an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award winning major motion picture released in Brokeback Mountain received Fine Just MOBI :ð massive critical acclaim and went on to be nominated for a leading eight Academy Awards, winning three of them However, the movie did not win Best Picture, a situation with which Proulx made public her disappointment She won the PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction for her first novel, Postcards She has written most of her stories and books simply as Annie Proulx, but has Just the Way PDF º also used the names E Annie Proulx and EA Proulx.



10 thoughts on “Fine Just the Way it Is

  1. Julene Bair Julene Bair says:

    When I lived in Laramie and taught at the university, I knew several people who might have stepped right out of the pages of Fine Just the Way It Is True, that was pretty much their philosophy But never has it been so apparent to me all the suffering that lies under that grin up and bear it facade And never have I read adepressing story than Tits Up in a Ditch I m not sure I ll ever recover To be born into such a family, then to meet a few people capable of expressing true thoughts When I lived in Laramie and taught at the university, I knew several people who might have stepped right out of the pages of Fine Just the Way It Is True, that was pretty much their philosophy But never has it been so apparent to me all the suffering that lies under that grin up and bear it facade And never have I read adepressing story than Tits Up in a Ditch I m not sure I ll ever recover To be born into such a family, then to meet a few people capable of expressing true thoughts and feelings, then to be yanked back home in grief, all that you loved wasted and ruined out of the same brute ignorance that killed your youth, and discover that you ll spend the rest of your life caring for the war ravaged body of a man you didn t love in the first place What makes the story worth the toll of anguish it takes on its readers is knowing that this really is life for many people, and no matter how much they claim it s fine, it is not This dose of reality reminds me that I don t have it so bad right now But things could get worse It challenges my complacency Life must be must be about something other than winning at the game of it We all lose in the end But oh the journey when you re riding along with Annie Prouxl I know Wyoming, and now I ve seen it rendered in all its dimensions in two dimensional words


  2. Michael Michael says:

    I love fiction which evokes particular cultures in a way that captures the essence of a particular place or region Here in nine stories Proulx eloquently does that for the semi desert plains of Wyoming, spanning timepoints from the 1880 s to the current era, from a time of the open range and homesteading, to a time of farming growth wrought by the arrival of the railroads, to the current period of oil schemes and cowboys mostly confined to rodeos Several traditional stories focus on people who I love fiction which evokes particular cultures in a way that captures the essence of a particular place or region Here in nine stories Proulx eloquently does that for the semi desert plains of Wyoming, spanning timepoints from the 1880 s to the current era, from a time of the open range and homesteading, to a time of farming growth wrought by the arrival of the railroads, to the current period of oil schemes and cowboys mostly confined to rodeos Several traditional stories focus on people whose schemes and dreams for carving out a life there inevitably succumb to derailment due to unexpected shifts in weather, economic downturns, foolish choices, and fickle life partners One tall tale depicts a lonely woman who, after losing a child, takes to treating various pets or farm animals as her baby, then when they die or disappear she makes a sagebrush bush the target of her affections Over the decades, in a wry approach to magical realism on Proulx s part, this bush takes on a life of its own in resisting change Another two stories move even further over the top in depicting the Devil updating his torments for the dead in one case and the living in another This provides some imaginative comic relief to the darker tales of struggle Throughout these tales I enjoyed her clear action oriented prose, revealing dialog, and breakouts into lyrical depictions of the beauties and harshness of the environment If you haven t read Proulx, some of these aspects, as well as the integration of the comic and the tragic, shine through in the film versions of her novella Brokeback Mountain and novel The Shipping News Here are a couple of examples of how she harnesses language The sky dropped over the undulating prairie like unrolled bolts of dirty wool, and even inside the car they could smell the coming snow.Didn t you say we were going to have trees Her voice was so light she seemed to have inhaled a ribbon of cloud and to float out her words on its gauzy remnants But her face was pinched and yellow, and she kept her hands under her buffalo robe He thought she had taken on a Chinese look.


  3. Stephen Stephen says:

    I struggled with rating this collection Do I rate on the quality of writing, the quality of the stories, or how they made me feel Proulx excels at writing about rural life in describing the environment, people and regional dialects whether on the shores of Newfoundland in The Shipping News, Texas and Oklahoma in That Old Ace in the Hole, or rural Wyoming of her Wyoming Tales For example, in this collection describing the drought of a Wyoming summer in Them Old Cowboy Songs she writes July wa I struggled with rating this collection Do I rate on the quality of writing, the quality of the stories, or how they made me feel Proulx excels at writing about rural life in describing the environment, people and regional dialects whether on the shores of Newfoundland in The Shipping News, Texas and Oklahoma in That Old Ace in the Hole, or rural Wyoming of her Wyoming Tales For example, in this collection describing the drought of a Wyoming summer in Them Old Cowboy Songs she writes July was hot, the air vibrating, the land dry like a scraped sheep s hoof The sun drew the color from everything and the Little Weed trickled through dull stones In month even that trickle would be dried by the hot river rocks, the grass parched and preachers praying for rain In the same story she describes some of the cowboys of the Karok ranch Men raised from infancy around horses could identify salient differences with a glance, but some had a keener talent for understanding equine temperament the others Sink Gatrell was one of the those, the polar opposite of Montana bronc buster Wally Finch, who used a secret ghost cord and made unrideable outlaws of the horses he was breaking Sink gave off a hard air of competence On roundup the elegant Brit remittance man Morton Frewen had once noticed him handling a nervous cloud watcher horse and remarked that the rider had divine hands Finally, Family Man gives a feel for Proulx command of dialect One time Joe knocked Harry out, kicked him into he Platte He could of drowned, probably would of but Dave Arthur was riding along the river, seen this bundle of rags snarled up in the cottonwood sweeper it had fell in the river and caught up all sorts of river trashHarry was about three quarter dead, never was right after that, neither But right enough to know his own brother had meant to kill him How couldn t never tell if Harry was going to be around the next corner with a chunk of wood or a gun It s no surprise that this the awarding winning writer can write Why then in this collection of essentially old west tales does she choose to include three throw away tales completely out of character with the rest of the collection, that read like jokes vs serious writing Two feature the Devil planning updates to Hell Construction workers the Devil shouted Their hard hats will melt, the scaffolds collapse unceasingly Ice cream truck vendors A hot coal in each scoop of vanilla The third, a carnivorous cactus.Really And then there is the utter despair with which each of the real stories ends Family Man The elderly Ray Forkenbrock laments his father allowing he and mother to live in poverty while fathering and supporting families with several other women across the region Them Old Cowboy Songs Young couple homesteading on the Wyoming frontier is forced to separate so the husband can find work The husband freezes to death trying to return to his wife while the wife dies in child birth The Great Divide Proverty stricken family loses father to kick by a horse Testimony of the Donkey Hiker becomes trapped and dies of exposure on an abandoned trail.And the most miserable of the bunch, Tits Up in a Ditch Improvished woman marries slacker who abandons her while pregnant to join the military She later joins leaving her son with her parents Has her arm blown off in Iraq and returns home to find her son dead and her disfigured and vegetative husband dropped on her doorstep to care for Proulx needs a chill pill.Bottomline Threeish stars for the collection in total the serious stories are each three to four stars, the throw ways ones and twos Downgrade by one star for the hopelessness in each of the serious works and complete stupidity of the the throw aways Net two stars for me, one for each dollar I spent on this book I would have regretted spending .On my buy, borrow, skip scale Skip


  4. notgettingenough notgettingenough says:

    I m such a lazy person Too often I write really quite the best reviews in the world in my head and that s enough for me I move on They never see the light of day.I read this at the same time as I read my first book of Alice Munro stories and my first inclination was to write something where something of a shadow cast over Munro would be to the benefit of Proulx, a writer who has never disappointed me and I ve read all of them Checking, I see that I m talking about early 2014 over four ye I m such a lazy person Too often I write really quite the best reviews in the world in my head and that s enough for me I move on They never see the light of day.I read this at the same time as I read my first book of Alice Munro stories and my first inclination was to write something where something of a shadow cast over Munro would be to the benefit of Proulx, a writer who has never disappointed me and I ve read all of them Checking, I see that I m talking about early 2014 over four years ago, and this book by Proulx has been sitting in my queue, waiting for a mention and she s coming out now, courtesy of my spring clean.rest hereL


  5. Mary Mary says:

    Her Wyoming characters are so vivid, but her stories are often brutal A great read.


  6. Guy Guy says:

    Well, these are not happy stories I ll get that out of the way But man can this woman write I ve read everything she has written starting back with The Shipping News Actually not She had a couple of lesser known efforts before that and some works of non fiction But all the fiction since The Shipping News I ve been hoping she would come out with a new novel I don t remember her novels as being this dark And I believe she has something being released in 2015 Don t know if it is a novel Well, these are not happy stories I ll get that out of the way But man can this woman write I ve read everything she has written starting back with The Shipping News Actually not She had a couple of lesser known efforts before that and some works of non fiction But all the fiction since The Shipping News I ve been hoping she would come out with a new novel I don t remember her novels as being this dark And I believe she has something being released in 2015 Don t know if it is a novel I hope so This is the third book of Wyoming stories Her use of language is astonishing Her feel for the landscape and understanding of the people she writes about are remarkable When I think of Mississippi I think immediately of Faulkner When I think of Wyoming I think of Proulx And even with the darkness of the subject matter there is a wry sardonic sense of humor in the work as well She is one of those few American writers that if she brings out a new book I have to read it I don t know why it took me so long to get to this one Slipped under my radar somehow My wife s theory is that she is working clandestinely for the Wyoming Chamber of Commerce Her mission being to discourage people from moving there The title of this collection Fine Just the Way It Is might support that argument


  7. Steve Steve says:

    It has been said that the selection committee for the winner of the Nobel prize for literature is biased against American writers For the most part I think those critics do not really appreciate the breadth of writing talent that exists globally However, each time I read one of Annie Proulx s works I move closer to the sentiment that those critics may be correct Within six months after each years winner is announced, I read one of the recipient s books Most times I am moved by the richness o It has been said that the selection committee for the winner of the Nobel prize for literature is biased against American writers For the most part I think those critics do not really appreciate the breadth of writing talent that exists globally However, each time I read one of Annie Proulx s works I move closer to the sentiment that those critics may be correct Within six months after each years winner is announced, I read one of the recipient s books Most times I am moved by the richness of the stories and the quality of writing While indeed great, they do not stand out against her work She composes in this rarified league This collection of stories shares the bleakness of her other Wyoming Stories and each page is ripe with the twists of humanity that are both cruel and humorous If nothing else, read the last short story in this book The final four paragraphs are among the best I have ever read to complete any work of fiction


  8. Sherril Sherril says:

    I thought I would really like this book, first because I began it, coincidentally, just after I finished watching the TV series, Longmire, in which place, Wyoming, plays such a central role, as it does in Fine Just the Way It Is Wyoming Stories 3 Second, the audiobook was read by Will Patton, my favorite reader of most of James Lee Burke s audiobooks Third, though I didn t read Brokeback Mountain, I loved the movie So, I was all set to get into this book Though I really tried, I could not f I thought I would really like this book, first because I began it, coincidentally, just after I finished watching the TV series, Longmire, in which place, Wyoming, plays such a central role, as it does in Fine Just the Way It Is Wyoming Stories 3 Second, the audiobook was read by Will Patton, my favorite reader of most of James Lee Burke s audiobooks Third, though I didn t read Brokeback Mountain, I loved the movie So, I was all set to get into this book Though I really tried, I could not follow the stories They weren t making any sense to me I couldn t get the plot or meaning and the characters seemed forgettable I know Annie Proulx is considered a fine writer, so I would rewind and listen again, but in the end, I finished maybe 4 of the 6 short stories and I couldn t really tell you about any of them In reading reviews, the one that most got my attention was Who needs hell when you ve got Wyoming


  9. Gregory Baird Gregory Baird says:

    That was the trouble with Wyoming everything you ever did or said kept pace with you right to the end When it comes to description, Annie Proulx is undoubtedly one of the best and most unique writers out there With her blunt, unsparing prose, a fierce intellect and a coal black sense of humor, Proulx can paint a vivid and stark portrait of American life, and nowhere is this on better display than in her Wyoming Stories, where the hardscrabble existences of her characters go hand in hand wi That was the trouble with Wyoming everything you ever did or said kept pace with you right to the end When it comes to description, Annie Proulx is undoubtedly one of the best and most unique writers out there With her blunt, unsparing prose, a fierce intellect and a coal black sense of humor, Proulx can paint a vivid and stark portrait of American life, and nowhere is this on better display than in her Wyoming Stories, where the hardscrabble existences of her characters go hand in hand with the bleak words used to describe them Here s how she introduces one of her characters in Them Old Cowboy Songs Archie had a face as smooth as a skinned aspen, his lips barely incised on the surface as though scratched in with a knife There s a paragraph from The Half Skinned Steer inClose Range , the first installment of the Wyoming series, which still gives me the chills years after I first read it.Proulx s descriptive power is, primarily, what keeps me coming back to the Wyoming stories, even though neither of the sequels has been able to match the power ofClose Rangewhich also has the distinction of birthing Brokeback Mountain, the story the movie was based on To tell the truth, each installment pales in comparison to the one that preceded it Proulx has a fascination for fantasy elements that pop up in her stories that doesn t entirely suit her style at least not when she s writing about the devil, who puts in a whopping two appearances inFine Just the Way it isThe Sagebrush Kid, about a man eating, giant size sage plant, captures something of a Twilight Zone vibe that makes it work, and still almost the entire middle section of this collection is taken up with the weakest form of Proulx s writing Compare this to only one out there story inBad Dirt , and hardly any in Close Range.The bookends ofFine Just the Way it isare where it truly shines, and sure enough those stories are the ones that play to the intention of the Wyoming stories the best slice of life vignettes that capture the essence of the hard living in such a violent, unpredictable location and the tough breed of human that it takes to live there Family Man opens the collection by spotlighting Ray Forkenbrock, closing out his life in a retirement home and wondering just where the honor in his existence has gone, if there ever was any Proulx closes it with Tits up in a Ditch which just might be the best name of a short story ever, although the meaning behind the title makes you feel bad for the immature giggle it gives you when you first catch sight of it , about na ve young Dakotah Lister, who enlists in the army and gets sent to Iraq after a failed marriage leaves her with no job prospects and no way to pay for the son her soon to be ex husband left her with While there are some winning moments in between, it is these stories that are the real winners in this collection Aside from the fantasy element that bogs down at least three of the stories, Deep Blood Greasy Bowl feels like a research projectthan a story indeed, Proulx pauses to explain that the impetus of the story was the discovery of an ancient fire pit on her property and the research into Indian buffalo hunting that followed All in all, this is an uneven collection for Proulx, a supremely talented writer who may have been looking to shake things up a touch in her third visit to the Wyoming territory Grade C


  10. Tasha Tasha says:

    Bill Fur had to ride into Rawlins and ask for a replacment for the bible thumpin, damn old goggle eyed snappin turtle who run off The replacement, plucked from a Front Street saloon, was a tough drunk who lit his morning fires with pages from the former operator s bible and ate one pronghorn a week, scorching the meat in a never washed skillet Can it get better than that


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