The national bestseller and the first volume in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy, All the Pretty Horses is the tale of John Grady Cole, who at sixteen finds himself at the end of a long line of Texas ranchers, cut off from the only life he has ever imagined for himself. With two companions, he sets off for Mexico on a sometimes idyllic, sometimes comic journey to a place where dreams are paid for in blood. Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction.
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Nearly 30 years into a respectable, small-scale career as a novelist, Cormac McCarthy became an overnight sensation with the bestselling, National Book Award–winning All the Pretty Horses. The first volume of his Border Trilogy is a lively throwback to old-fashioned Westerns, full of intrigue and enriched with stoic Hemingwayesque meditations on masculinity. When a pair of west Texas teens run away to become cowboys in 1940s Mexico, they encounter crime, political corruption, and a star-crossed borderland love affair. Told in McCarthy’s trademark lean, minimally punctuated style, the novel transcends the Western genre—and achieves a stark, timeless beauty.
This is a novel so exuberant in its prose, so offbeat in its setting and so mordant and profound in its deliberations that one searches in vain for comparisons in American literature. None of McCarthy's previous works, not even the award-winning The Orchard Keeper (1965) or the much-admired Blood Meridian (1985), quite prepares the reader for the singular achievement of this first installment in the projected Border Trilogy. John Grady Cole is a 16-year-old boy who leaves his Texas home when his grandfather dies. With his parents already split up and his mother working in theater out of town, there is no longer reason for him to stay. He and his friend Lacey Rawlins ride their horses south into Mexico; they are joined by another boy, the mysterious Jimmy Blevins, a 14-year-old sharpshooter. Although the year is 1948, the landscape--at some moments parched and unforgiving, at others verdant and gentled by rain--seems out of time, somewhere before history or after it. These likable boys affect the cowboy's taciturnity--they roll cigarettes and say what they mean--and yet amongst themselves are given to terse, comic exchanges about life and death. In McCarthy's unblinking imagination the boys suffer truly harrowing encounters with corrupt Mexican officials, enigmatic bandits and a desert weather that roils like an angry god. Though some readers may grow impatient with the wild prairie rhythms of McCarthy's language, others will find his voice completely transporting. In what is perhaps the book's most spectacular feat, horses and men are joined in a philosophical union made manifest in the muscular pulse of the prose and the brute dignity of the characters. ``What he loved in horses was what he loved in men, the blood and the heat of the blood that ran them,'' the narrator says of John Grady. As a bonus, Grady endures a tragic love affair with the daughter of a rich Spanish Hacendado , a romance, one hopes, to be resumed later in the trilogy.
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Idk if it’s a faulty download or if it was published without them, but it’s hard to follow. The book itself is wonderfully written, however.
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The book was great. His poetic prose as also stated, was meant to have odd and broken standards of grammar. His writing takes you through motions with the story and characters. It’s made in a way it sounds like sitting on the porch while grandpa tells a story. Although it was brutal. I loved it. Took me back.
Drop dead beautiful prose. Many times I had goosebumps. Some parts of his writing left me awestruck. The Rembrandt of literature.