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All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy (1992)

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It was more like 3.5 stars. I enjoyed the story, but didn't love it. Reading Cormac McCarthy, you know you're going to get elegant prose, dark situations, and a general lack of punctuation. All the Pretty Horses holds true to this style. ( )
  codyacunningham | May 9, 2016 |
This is my second time reading this McCarthy book and I may have enjoyed it even more on the second go around. I know I definitely liked it more than I did the first one Cormac McCarthy book I ever read (Blood Meridian). Written in his signature southern, rustic drawl the story follows a young rancher and his friend who have nothing to lose.

The two teens leave Texas with nothing but their horses and dreams of a quiet existence in the wild Mexican frontier. On the way they encounter another young man who ends up tampering with their dreams of an idyllic future. What can their friendship withstand? Trials, guilt, love?

This is a must read for fans of westerns, literary novels, and Cormac McCarthy. ( )
  ecataldi | Mar 28, 2016 |
2.5 stars
I read this book because I met author Leif Enger at a luncheon and he was practically aghast that I had never read it. He told me I absolutely must read the book, and having done so, I understand why.
The adventure / coming-of-age story is compelling. But it is also disturbing because of violence. The writing style is not to my liking - too chopppy and sparse. And his lack of quotes or explanation makes it hard to follow dialogue. I appreciate the novel, but I don't recommend it. The use of Spanish may be problematic for many readers.

UPDATE 13June2012
For this re-reading I chose the audio book. Alexander Adams does a great job of voicing all the many characters, giving them sufficiently unique voices that it is fairly easy to follow the dialogue. One significant complaint, however, is that Adams cannot properly pronounce the Spanish. Okay, I understand his obviously “gringo” accent when he’s voicing Grady or one of the other boys attempting Spanish. But he mispronounces place names, and mangles the Spanish spoken by the Mexicans. I speak Spanish and McCarthy’s use of the language didn’t bother me much when I read the book, but Adams’s pronunciation was so awful that a couple of times I could not tell what was being said until I got the text and looked it up! This irritated me so much I nearly dropped my rating further.

I will say this about McCarthy’s writing, however. He paints a landscape that is so vivid that I can taste the dusty grit, feel the sweat on my skin, and relish in the cool relief of a small stream and a little shade after a hot day on the trail. I don’t know if it’s entirely his skill (though I do not mean to diminish his skill as a writer); I grew up in that landscape and know it well. My father was born in the state of Coahuila; my mother and I were born in Del Rio, a Texas town on the Rio Grande. I’ve visited many of the cities and towns McCarthy writes about, and driven across that wide plain leading to Torreón, where, as my friend is fond of saying, “You can leave home today and they’ll see you cross the horizon next Thursday.” ( )
  BookConcierge | Mar 4, 2016 |
Interesting coming of age movie in the old Southwest and Mexico. ( )
  jerry-book | Jan 26, 2016 |
All the Pretty Horses is not only one of McCarthy's best novels, it stands as one of the best contemporary American novels of all time. It is a beautifully written coming of age tale set in the Western United States. Be prepared with tissues. It gets tragic. ( )
  Research_Track | Jan 18, 2016 |
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You can’t just nip at darkness, so when you read this book, from page one you feel a threat following you, some animistic urging that keeps you going by the way McCarthy manipulates your demonic love of the sounds of speech.
All the Pretty Horses may indicate McCarthy's desire to come in out of the cold of those Tennessee mountain winters, but his imagination is at its best there with Arthur Ownby or with the monstrous Judge of Blood Meridian drowning dogs. He is best with what nature gives or imposes, rather than with the observations of culture.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Review of Books, Denis Donoghue (pay site) (Jun 24, 1993)
The magnetic attraction of Mr. McCarthy's fiction comes first from the extraordinary quality of his prose; difficult as it may sometimes be, it is also overwhelmingly seductive. Powered by long, tumbling many-stranded sentences, his descriptive style is elaborate and elevated, but also used effectively to frame realistic dialogue, for which his ear is deadly accurate.
Situada en 1949, en las tierras fronterizas entre Texas y México, la historia se centra en el personaje de John Grady Cole, un muchacho de dieciséis años, hijo de padres separados que tras la muerte de su abuelo decide huir a México en compañía de su amigo Lacey para encontrarse con un mundo marcado por la dureza y la violencia. Una novela de aprendizaje con resonancias épicas que inaugura un paisaje moral y físico que nos remite a la última epopeya de nuestro tiempo. Un estilo seco para una historia de emociones fuertes, ásperas, primigenias.
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The candleflame and the image of the candleflame caught in the pierglass twisted and righted when he entered the hall and again when he shut the door.
There were storms to the south and masses of clouds that moved slowly along the horizon with their long dark tendrils trailing in the rain. That night they camped on a ledge of rock above the plains and watched the lightning all along the horizon provoke from the seamless dark the distant mountain ranges again and again. (p. 93 of original ed.)
The boy who rode on slightly before him sat a horse not only as if he'd been born to it which he was but as if he were begot by malice or mischance into some queer land where horses never were he would have found them anyway.
He thought that in the beauty of the world hid a secret. He thought the world’s heart beat at some terrible cost and that the world’s pain and its beauty moved in a relationship of diverging equity and that in this headlong deficit the blood of multitudes might ultimately be exacted for the vision of a single flower.
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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.

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Cut off from the life of ranching he has come to love by his grandfather's death, John Grady Cole flees to Mexico, where he and his two companions embark on a rugged and cruelly idyllic adventure.

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