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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (June 4 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330325329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330325325
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,171,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Part bildungsroman, part horse opera, part meditation on courage and loyalty, this beautifully crafted novel won the National Book Award in 1992. The plot is simple enough. John Grady Cole, a 16-year-old dispossessed Texan, crosses the Rio Grande into Mexico in 1949, accompanied by his pal Lacey Rawlins. The two precocious horsemen pick up a sidekick--a laughable but deadly marksman named Jimmy Blevins--encounter various adventures on their way south and finally arrive at a paradisiacal hacienda where Cole falls into an ill-fated romance. Readers familiar with McCarthy's Faulknerian prose will find the writing more restrained than in Suttree and Blood Meridian. Newcomers will be mesmerized by the tragic tale of John Grady Cole's coming of age. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Muller's straightforward, unembellished reading suits the spare drama of McCarthy's acclaimed novel, which has recently been released as a movie as well. John Grady Cole and his pal Lacey Rawlins set off on horseback for Mexico in the late 1940s in search of work and adventure. Along the way they are joined by another man, named Blevins. On a hacienda in Mexico, Cole displays his uncanny gift for working with horses, and he and Alejandra, the beautiful daughter of the hacienda's owner, fall in love--a love that is displeasing not only to Alejandra's father but also to her imperious but not unsympathetic great aunt. Muller's accent in conveying Mexican voices is as convincing and unforced as his others, and he evokes equally well a distinctive personality for each character--the laconic and stalwart Cole; the more emotional and impatient Rawlins; Blevins with his concomitant braggadocio and fear--and yet this tale is perhaps not best suited to the unabridged audio format. Long stretches of text convey slow-moving action or no action at all, but rather McCarthy's lush evocation of the wild landscape. Listeners may opt for the abridged audio version of this National Book Award winner.

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**spoiler alert** Let's talk labels. Cormac McCarthy is considered a capital "W" Writer so his books are American Literature. No one should argue with that. But there's another "W' that applies. McCarthy writes Westerns. Elmore Leonard's Westerns are wild. Larry McMurty's are wonderful. Cormac's are gritty. He tells the tales of cowboys who ride hungry and scared; cowboys who don't know where they're riding or what they'll do when they get there; cowboys who live only for the horizon. They don't wear black or white hats and they don't meet outside the saloon when the clock strikes 12 to see who can draw the fastest. They survive on the plains.

"All the Pretty Horses" is an elegy and a love story and John Grady is the American Cowboy who stars in both.

The elegy is for horses and for the riders who once raced them across the landscape.

The love story is about John Grady and Alejandra--the rancher's daughter that he can't have. "The Sun Also Rises" is the greatest novel about love that I know and I rate "All the Pretty Horses" right up there with it. It's ultimately about moments. When the lovers first meet. When they must hide and lie to make love. And when they must say goodbye forever.

Mexico is cruel to John Grady. But he survives.

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By Z. Blume on Jan. 14 2004
Format: Paperback
As most of the reviewers have said, this is a terrific book. Cormac McCarthy has a unique writing style that is perfectly suited to the Western genre and he knows how to pace a story. It is a very well written book and well worth reading it for that reason alone.
What really makes this book special to me though is the theme of the book. It is the early 1940s and the Wild West has been fenced in, cars have taken over from horses and even the sprawling ranches of Texas are converting to large oil fields. John Grady Cole is a young man who longs to be a rancher and make a living taming horses and herding cattle, but he is prevented from doing this by his mother and the changing nature of his home, so he rides to Mexico with a friend to find the life he always wanted. Along the way, they have many adventures and relationships that keep the book lively, but I love the image of a boy standing on the border of what he has always known (Texas) and what he thinks he wants (Mexico) and hurdling that line and going after his desires. It is a very romantic idea, but one that McCarthy really makes come to life in the book.
I can not recommend this book highly enough and I think any lover of good writing, Westerns, coming of age tales, or just great fiction will agree that it is worth the short time it takes to read it.
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By Myla on Oct. 8 2003
Format: Paperback
All the Pretty Horses is a story about a boy who is in distress and thinks that leaving home will help him deal with the problems that he faced throughout his life. The boy John Grady Cole was mourning over the death of his Grandfather and since the grandfather only had one child, a daughter, the family name would be gone forever. The ranch that his grandfather owned was now in possession of the boys' mother, which was an idea she wanted nothing to do with it. With this news John decides that he needs to get away. This decision composed of him meeting with his friend Rawlin to embark on a journey that they would remember for the rest of their lives, a journey that involved traveling on their own to Mexico. While riding they meet a young boy who is about the age of 13 and asks the men if he could join them on their journey to Mexico. They respond by saying, "You aren't riding with us", "You will get us thrown in jail with that stolen horse of yours." Even with these situations the men still allow him to travel with them but under a close watch.
Through this journey all the people in this close knit community are exposed to many situations and feeling such as love death and especially welcoming something that many experiences for the first time. This book expresses with great emphasis the changes that the characters went through in a way that different people can relate to.
I would recommend this book to anyone who like's reading books when you don't know what is going to happen next. There are many different parts of the story that don't make sense in the beginning but all come together by the end of the story. Cormac McCarthy puts many of the problems that humans face today in a storyline that everyone can enjoy. This is a classic story that will be in our hearts and on our shelves for many years to come.
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By A Customer on Oct. 7 2003
Format: Paperback
All the Pretty Horses
Cormac McCarthy
Vintage International
June 1993
A true classic adventure novel of life, injustice, love and freedom. The adventure of two friends as they travel on horseback to Mexico. As they meet the true life of Mexico. As love, deceit, and adventure collide in this great novel. As John and Rawlins brave Mexico they get tangled with a horse thief and assassin. While in Mexico they work at a ranch and saddle break five hundred horses. John also fell in love with Alejandra the ranch owner's daughter. They get thrown in jail for a crime committed by a man named Smith who looks like Rawlins. As they travel to Mexico a land where dreams are paid for in blood. They have the time of their lives dealing with what Mexicans deal with every single day 365 days a year. Alejandra and John fall in love against the wills of Alejandra's father and her divorced mother. Alejandra attends college in Texas but comes home to visit her father on break. One night Alejandra and John ride off to the upper part of the ranch and spend the night with the horses under the starry sky of Mexico. John sleeps with Alejandra the next night in his cabin but she has to pretend that she just got up early with John so her Dad doesn't find out about their love. Alejandra's father hired John and Rawlins to saddle break and ride over five hundred horses. Little did he know that his daughter would end up falling in love with John. Horse and adventure lovers a like will fall into this book and never put it down. All that read it will fall in love with All the Pretty Horses. Romance novel lovers will also like this book because of the sensual romance of Alejandra and John. All book lovers will like this book. This book has won the National Book Critics Circle Award. It is a great book for everyone to read and treasure.
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