All the Pretty Horses: Book 1 of The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy

All the Pretty Horses: Book 1 of The Border Trilogy

byCormac McCarthy

Kobo ebook | August 11, 2010

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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.
Cormac McCarthy was born in Providence, Rhode Island on July 20, 1933. He attended the University of Tennessee, but interrupted his studies for four years to join the U.S. Air Force. His first novel, The Orchard Keeper, was published in 1965. His other works include Outer Dark, Child of God, Suttree, and Blood Meridian. All the Pretty ...
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Title:All the Pretty Horses: Book 1 of The Border TrilogyFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 11, 2010Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307481301

ISBN - 13:9780307481306

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from All the Pretty Words McCarthy is perhaps America's Tolstoy: his prose cascades over you like waves. This was such an immersive story and has stuck in my head for years. If you read one novel by McCarthy, pick this one! Please!
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic! Cormac McCarthy is a true writer! This novel is pure poetry!
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Writing This western epic is one of the most beautifully written books I've ever read. Stunning prose, great story, and characters.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Very Best Contemporary American Literature McCarthy is known for two things: 1) his grim content 2) for being one of the finest contemporary novelists. All The Pretty Horses is far less harsh than much of his other work, offering glimmers of hope in a dark world, and it stands as one of his finest pieces to date. I've seen others complain about the "lack of punctuation", but it is a smart stylistic choice that adds to the innocent Western air of the story. The book reminds me of so many classics I read in school, but halfway through it takes a turn and becomes a bleak tale about responsibility. McCarthy's prose is poetic when it needs to be and sparse when it needs to be, showing how much command he has over his craft. Truly a great novel.
Date published: 2014-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All The Pretty Horses An excellant book. The imagery of riding a horse through the wilds of Mexico. Watching sunrises and falling for a loving girl. It makes me want to ride a horse in the fresh air.
Date published: 2001-01-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from What's up with the punctuation I wasn't very impressed by this book. First it was difficult to read since there were no quotation marks. And 'he' or 'the boy' could refer to any character. The plot was basic and somewhat predictable.
Date published: 2001-01-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from And...and..and... This book was recommended to me by no less than three people. They all enjoyed the book. I however, cannot share their praise for it, at least not as much. The story is a slow one, which often times is good, but this time, the author wasn't able to hook me. The way he describes the settings, to me, was a very frustrating method. I have never read a book using the word 'and' as much as this one. This word, is used many times within the same sentence. Also, using the word 'and' or not, some sentences take up half a page. I found this to be draining. It may appear that I have just criticism for the writing style of the book...But I didn't really care what happenned to the characters. I wasn't all that interested in the plot (ranchers go to Mexico to work, one falls in love, they are thrown in jail...). Perhaps this is one occasion where the movie will be better than the book, since beautiful scenery is a given. I don't know how so many people managed to love this book to the degree to which they do. Not knowing much about McCarthy, I bought the whole trilogy(All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, and Cities of the Plain), based on discussions with three friends. Having read the first book, I really don't feel like reading the next two.
Date published: 2000-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HORSES WINS Of all the books I've had the pleasure of reading in the the last decade (and that is many, let me assure you), All The Pretty Horses might just be the best. This is one of the most beautifully crafted story ever made. It is a literary success like no other. The story is about John Grady Cole, a young man who cannot bear the fact that his mother is selling the family ranch. He takes off with his best friend in search of an adventure and of a place where he can be happy. The whole book is beautifully written. McCarthy is a very gifted novelist; his writing is highly intelligent and inventive. The book is truly original but it still holds many elements that can be found in a great western. Finally, the book is fast-pace and always intriguing. Never have I read a book so complex and compelling. This is one book everyone should have in their personal libraries. McCarthy could well end up being the most important writer of this generation and All The Pretty Horses is without a doubt the best book of the 1990's!
Date published: 2000-08-27