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All the Pretty Horses
by Cormac McCarthy

Published: 1993-06-29
Paperback : 301 pages
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The national bestseller and the first volume in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy, All the Pretty Horses is the tale of John Grady Cole, who at sixteen finds himself at the end of a long line of Texas ranchers, cut off from the only life he has ever imagined for himself.  With two ...
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The national bestseller and the first volume in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy, All the Pretty Horses is the tale of John Grady Cole, who at sixteen finds himself at the end of a long line of Texas ranchers, cut off from the only life he has ever imagined for himself.  With two companions, he sets off for Mexico on a sometimes idyllic, sometimes comic journey to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.  Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction.

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  "All the pretty horses"by rnns1999 (see profile) 01/09/15

Beautifully written and descriptive. Slow pace which made it hard to get through

 
  "Not my cup of tea"by kffcmf (see profile) 01/09/15

There was no depth in this novel. The character development was minimal, and I didn't really care about the protagonist. The writing style is marked by a lack of punctuation and included quite a bit of... (read more)

 
  "All the Pretty Horses by Cormac Mc Carthy"by pleasure4me (see profile) 06/16/11

A western about a young boy coming of age and his adventures in Mexico.

 
  "Coming of age in the west"by donnadeleon (see profile) 02/04/09

This is not a genre I would normally choose to read, but it was very well written and made for a good group discussion. Beautiful descriptions of the landscape and day-to day events really captured the... (read more)

 
  "his writing is poetry, his cadence and delivery an acquired taste"by melanieseibel (see profile) 02/04/09

Our book club was split; half loved it, half couldn't get through it. Someone bought the book on CD and we listened to a few minutes of it; that helped many of us get a better understanding of the people... (read more)

 
  "Story of a 16 year old boy who runs away from home to work on a ranch in Texas"by marsuzlb (see profile) 08/01/08

This book was very boring. The author did not build the characters throughout the book. Nothing resolved at the end of the story. I'm disappointed I spent money on this book.

 
  "Discuss how to make it better, not how great it was."by greeneyes82286 (see profile) 07/31/08

"Amazing read." Really? I fell asleep through the first 25 pages and had to watch the equally ridiculous film just so I would know what people in my discussion group were talking about.

 
  "Ugh....boring, so boring..."by photospice (see profile) 07/19/08

What a boring, boring book. I love a book with lots of description, but good grief, this book was pages and pages of wash, rinse and repeat. Wake up, ride, break for lunch, ride more, brea... (read more)

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