The Border Trilogy: All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, Cities of the Plain Hardcover – 28 Aug 2008
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"An American classic to stand with the finest literary achievements of the century." --San Francisco Chronicle
"A miracle in prose, an American original." --New York Times Book Review
"An American classic to stand with the finest literary achievements of the century." "San Francisco Chronicle"
"A miracle in prose, an American original." "New York Times Book Review"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the author of The Road, and No Country for Old Men comes this trilogy containing All The Pretty Horses, The Crossing and Cities of The PlainSee all Product Description
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In "All the pretty horses" we meet young John Grady Cole who with his companero set off South of the border on a whim. They meet a character called Blevins who seems like trouble and sure enough turns out to be trouble with a capital T. A mexican ranch and a pretty senorita are involved but the spectre of young Blevins comes back to haunt the good old boys. They end up suffering under Mexican justice. The rest I will not spoil other than to say it is a rollicking good read.
In "The Crossing" we meet the equally likeable Billy Parham and his younger brother. This is my personal favourite of the three books. The material is unpromising but McCarthy weaves magic with it. The boy Parham captures a wolf and decides to return it across the border to old Mexico where he stays for a bit longer than intended. On his eventual return he finds his parents have been murdered. He pauses briefly to pick up his brother and they head back over the border to hunt for the murderers. The book takes up an epic feeling as the journey takes on a never ending quest. Parham becomes a strange Quixotic figure in an alien landscape.Read more ›
The prose, unembellished, archaic and stunted (all by thoughtful design) is food for my mind. The paucity of punctuation, the dearth of attribution in conversation, the stripping back of grammar - in my opinion achieves what is perhaps the desired affect of mirroring civilisation stripped back to the bones.
The magnitude of this saga feels immeasurable to me; I just know as time passes since I read it, I appreciate more and more, how privileged I was to stumble across it.
I believe McCarthy's Blood Meridian lives in this company, for that is another breathtaking work; more alarming than the Border Trilogy and certainly as affecting.
For me one needs not look too much further than this trilogy and McMurtry's Lonesome Dove books, for the very best in tales of frontiers and the often tragic cost of 'civilisation'.
The trilogy is a saga of courage, despair and triumph against adversity, interrupted by several excessively lengthy yarns by various strangers they meet, which the author uses as a vehicle for expounding various philosophies on life, but which are irrelevant to the story and don’t appear to progress it in any way. Dialogue is laconic, none too articulate, often humorous (and punctuated with much spitting and tooth-picking), while the narrative is often long-winded to the point of being boring. His descriptions are graphic and often poetic, the story strangely compelling, but some long tracts make heavy reading.
McCarthy’s writing style is varied, ranging from acute brevity to excessive detail, in which he will never settle for two words if he can manage to squeeze in twenty. I was intensely irritated by his discourtesy to the reader by omitting apostrophes, hyphens and quotation marks (although one does get used to it), and am nonplussed by his consistent use of lower case initials for ‘ italian’,’jew’, ‘english’ and ‘french’, while honouring Spanish, American and Mexican with capital letters. Most irksome is the fact that a lot of the dialogue is in Spanish, for which only occasionally does he employ any of the usual devices for assisting understanding.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Three books. All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing and Cities of the Plain.
Modern westerns set around the mexican-us border on both sides. Read more
i loved this book a real page turner, the only down side was that the trilogy had to end!Published 3 months ago by sally reddy
This is a large volume to hold (and I am still a fan of 'real' books) but the content is awesome. McCarthy's prose is beautiful and easily compares to e.g. D H Lawrence. Read morePublished 3 months ago by hollysgran
One of the best books I've ever read. So much to take in I plan to read it again within the next year.Published 7 months ago by B34VER
This item was not 'new'. Pages were scuffed like they had some water damage and the back cover was dog eared. Not what I expected when ordering as a gift for Christmas.Published 7 months ago by julia knight
I never re read books, life is too short.
Except that I have read this [ and Suttree and Blood Meridian ] at least thrice. Read more