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All the Pretty Horses: The Border Trilogy, Book One | [Cormac McCarthy]

All the Pretty Horses: The Border Trilogy, Book One

Sixteen-year-old John Grady Cole's grandfather has just died, his parents have permanently separated, and the family ranch, upon which he had placed so many boyish hopes, has been sold. Rootless and increasingly restive, Cole leaves Texas, accompanied by his friend Lacey Rawlins, and begins a journey across the vaquero frontier into the badlands of northern Mexico.
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Publisher's Summary

Cormac McCarthy is a quiet, unassuming presence in American fiction today, but like the slow, measured voices of many of his characters, he speaks with an authority and conviction that demands an audience. All the Pretty Horses, McCarthy's sixth novel, is a cowboy odyssey for modern times. Set in the late 1940s, it features the travels and toils of a 16-year-old East Texan named John Grady Cole, caught in the agonizing purgatory between adolescence and adulthood.

At the start of the novel, Cole's grandfather has just died, his parents have permanently separated, and the family ranch, upon which he had placed so many boyish hopes, has been sold. Rootless and increasingly restive, Cole leaves Texas, accompanied by his friend Lacey Rawlins, and begins a journey across the vaquero frontier into the badlands of northern Mexico. In spite of its hard realities and spare telling, All the Pretty Horses is a lyrical and richly romantic story, chronicling - along with the erosion of the frontier - the loss of an era.

©1992 Cormac McCarthy; (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

National Book Award, 1992


"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." (Publishers Weekly)

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    There's another reviewer said this book is too slow. It is slow, but I'm not sure that's the point. The writing, the scenery, the characters are so Beautiful, I found myself hitting the repeat last 30 seconds button over and over again. A great audiobook.

    Also, the performance is spectacular. I don't imagine this prose is the easiest to read, but this reader performs it thoughtfully and with Grace, and it's a joy to listen to.

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    Douglass A. Lobo Miami, Florida United States 01-23-15
    Douglass A. Lobo Miami, Florida United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2003
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    "McCarthy is just a great writer"

    Another stark, gut wrenching window into the depths of a soul by McCarthy. He is such a powerful writer and captures the horror and beauty of humanity, and "all the Pretty Horses" just does that. The book will leave you raw and disquieted and wondering what does anything mean.....powerful writing!

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    Cara Fuller East Aurora, NY United States 08-06-14
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    What would have made All the Pretty Horses better?

    Something to make the reader feel compassion for the main character. More action.


    Has All the Pretty Horses turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not from Westerns but from this author


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