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Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain


by Annie Proulx

Analysis: Tough-o-Meter

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(1) Sea Level

Jack and Ennis are high school dropouts, so they don't exactly use their words. And when they do, they certainly don't use ten-dollar ones. Proulx endeavors to keep that reading level intact even when they're not talking, and while she uses her words with a lot more power, she still keeps it simple. This isn't a story to make you go running for the dictionary every third word. You may find yourself reaching for the tissues, though.

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