All the Pretty Horses
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What's more is that McCarthy's syntax is frequently polysyndetic - long chains of conjunctions separate short noun groups, with multiple actions being described in single sentences; a style reminiscent of William Faulkner or Ernest Hemmingway.
All of this would be incidental, however, were it not coupled with highly accomplished writing. The prose is alive with metaphor, evocative imagery and unusual philosophical asides. This linguistic and grammatical aesthetic is highly stylized; here metaphors don't merely comment on what is being described, but actively create it -for both the reader and the characters. The identity of the American landscape is inextricably entwined with the language used to forge it.Read more ›
Not usually a fan of Western-style stories and settings, McCarthy really persuaded me otherwise with this spellbinding tale of the borderland world between Texas and Mexico - and the harsh lives led by the people who occupy this often bleak, forbidding but clearly beautiful landscape. It is no exaggeration to say that McCarthy really does transport you to the time and place. For large chunks of the book it was impossible not to feel part of the surroundings, such as was power of the storytelling.
At its heart, this is an old fashioned boy falls in love with unattainable girl story, but McCarthy weaves magic into his unfolding story, giving the charaters an occasionally other-wordly feel. In stark contrast to the landscape, McCarthy also adds in considerable violence to his story, but this too demands to be read hungrily.
There are benefits to reading this on Kindle - namely the ability to call up the dictionary to find meanings of the numerous Spanish/Mexican terms that McCarthy ladles into the text - I don't think I would have enjoyed it quite as much without bothering to do this on several occasions, so this is a plus for the e-book version, which does occasionally contain some odd formatting it must be said.
Overall, an absolute steal at under £2.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All the Pretty Horses is a rather weak story that is well slathered in a sauce of literary description that is not of the main character's point-of-view; extended exposition via... Read morePublished 3 months ago by S Smyth
I'm afraid I didn't get very far with this - what is it about?? What was going on?? A complete mystery. Read morePublished 5 months ago by DANIEL WRIGHT
most amazing, amazing book (one of my all time favourites). incredibly written, so many different stories in this one tale... beautiful.Published 6 months ago by Kate