In his novels, best-selling author Cormac McCarthy creates a western landscape filled with characters that are both mythic and authentic. Cities of the Plain, the stunning conclusion of his award-winning Border trilogy, brings together John Grady Cole and Billy Parham—the two lifelong friends who began their adventures in All the Pretty Horses. It is 1952. As Grady and Billy work a remote New Mexico ranch, Grady falls in love with a young Mexican prostitute. Determined to free her from her owner, Grady embarks on his dangerous quest of the heart. Billy tries to protect and help him, but the forces at work soon demand sacrifices greater than either can control. Capturing visions of the American West during its last decades, McCarthy’s powerful work is destined to leave a permanent mark on contemporary literature.
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I have recently become a HUGE McCarthy fan due to taking a college class on him and I have to see that Cities of the Plain is truly one of the best books I've ever listened to/read. I will most certainly be listening to Frank Muller's interpretation again, because despite his difficulty in differentiating in voice between all the cowboys, he acts them all very well.
Cities of the Plain is in some ways an
For me, the scenes between John Grady and Billy just became more personal. They may argue a lot, but you can get a real feel for their undying friendship with each other.
Well, the whole thing really :). This is an outstanding book. But probably the most moving part is the conclusion and the conversation that Billy has with a blind man. I won't give anything away, but let it be said that McCarthy's sages are always profound, and the one Billy encounters in this novel is no exception.
Why haven't you already bought this? GET IT NOW AND READ/LISTEN TO IT!
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
Cormac's descriptions are wonderful. And his equine knowledge and understanding are spot on. But his philosophical narratives tend to ramble on. His characters are plain folks with virtually no formal schooling. And yet he allows a few of them to wax on about rather advanced philosophies that just do not match up with their cognitive backgrounds.
Muller really did a superb job with the Mexican characters.
The story line is simple, predictable and sad. Unless you enjoy depressing stories, you should steer clear.
Pretty good story,I think. The scenes change so abruptly it was sometimes hard to know what was happening. The main plot line about a young cowboy in love had nothing to do with Cities of the Plain. The reader was excellent.
Extremely hard to get an audiobook of The Crossing. All three books are amazing. John Grady Cole is a fantastic character. Billy Parham too. Some deep emotional responses to some incredibly true, incredibly deep, and incredibly brutal events. Doesn't get much better.
If you've ever wondered how much difference a narrator can make, just listen to this audiobook which is superbly narrated by Frank Mueller. The novel itself is also excellent although slightly marred by a wholly unnecessary and quite unlikely epilogue. Otherwise a fantastic Western - probably the best I've read / heard.
Cormac McCarthy is the greatest living novelist. This book is a great ending to the series, and certainly better than 'The Crossing,' which fell a little flat. John Grady Cole is the same stubborn, horse obsessed cowboy we've known and again he's at a crossroads that he can't see is a crossroads for he thinks the choice is not a choice at all but already made as f made from the beginning and he's willing to go to any extreme as if that too were unchangeable.
Frank Muller has the greatest range of any narrator, only Ray Porter comes close. Frank Muller's reading of 'The Prince of Tides' was the most incredible reading I've ever heard.
For newcomers to Cormac McCarthy, start with 'All the Pretty Horses' or 'The Road' and then go past 'The Crossing' right to this book and then finish with 'Suttree' then 'Blood Meridian' last.
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