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Cities of the Plain: The Border Trilogy, Book 3 | [Cormac McCarthy]

Cities of the Plain: The Border Trilogy, Book 3

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.
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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.

©1998 Cormac McCarthy (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Josh PROVO, UT, United States 03-12-12
    Josh PROVO, UT, United States 03-12-12
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    "Perhaps the best of "The Border Trilogy"!"
    Would you listen to Cities of the Plain again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Cities of the Plain to and why?

    Cities of the Plain is in some ways an


    What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Why haven't you already bought this? GET IT NOW AND READ/LISTEN TO IT!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Greer, SC, United States 09-11-12
    Mike Greer, SC, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "great lisyen"
    Would you listen to Cities of the Plain again? Why?

    Yes. Reader and story are excellent


    What did you like best about this story?

    McCarthy describes things so beautifully that you think you are there


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    Good voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    fight scene near end


    Any additional comments?

    sometimes difficult to know who is speaking in the book, but this is true about most of Marcarthy's books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jack United States 04-24-12
    jack United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Ending. Nice metaphor."
    Where does Cities of the Plain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Trilogies, I have a weakness for them.

    This is good to the very end. Visceral is all I can say. CM knows how to use his characters.

    Dialogue is great and the small real details kept me going without going on forever. Like a good vacation I want just a little more. Loved the metaphor which didn't sink in till the very end.

    Wish Muller could read the second one too. He is fantastic as always.


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