Cormac McCarthy is a quiet, unassuming presence in American fiction today, but like the slow, measured voices of many of his characters, he speaks with an authority and conviction that demands an audience. All the Pretty Horses, McCarthy's sixth novel, is a cowboy odyssey for modern times. Set in the late 1940s, it features the travels and toils of a 16-year-old East Texan named John Grady Cole, caught in the agonizing purgatory between adolescence and adulthood. At the start of the novel, Cole's grandfather has just died, his parents have permanently separated, and the family ranch, upon which he had placed so many boyish hopes, has been sold. Rootless and increasingly restive, Cole leaves Texas, accompanied by his friend Lacey Rawlins, and begins a journey across the vaquero frontier into the badlands of northern Mexico. In spite of its hard realities and spare telling, All the Pretty Horses is a lyrical and richly romantic story, chronicling-along with the erosion of the frontier-the loss of an era.Learn More
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Winner of the 1992 National Book Award for Fiction
Winner of the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction
A New York Times bestseller
A little less "Cormac" than you might want but still good!
- This was one of the first Cormac McCarthy books to hit the big screen and I think it's because no one was quite sure how to film them...that's why THIS one was first. It's relatively "safe". Nothing huge or awe inspiring or thought provoking...or even too "dark" for that matter. Just a well told western yarn with some well drawn characters that get into a mild amount of conflict that gets resolved in the end. Kind of tame for Cormac, but not such a bad intro into his writing if you are squeamish. The audiobook DOES lack the experience of reading his prose though. (He writes in a very weird way including using almost no punctuation so it is actually an "experience" to read) Frank Muller is a great narrator for this kind of book.
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