ISBN: 0679744398
EAN13: 9780679744399
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 29, 1993
Pages: 301
Dimensions: 0.71" H x 7.8" L x 5.12" W
Weight: 0.53 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Now a major motion picture from Columbia Pictures starring Matt Damon, produced by Mike Nichols, and directed by Billy Bob Thornton.
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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   which was a nice way to increase my Spanish vocabulary
I've read the second book, "The Road Home," by Cormac McCarthy. Other reviewers have praised McCarthy's writing style. The reader is flung headlong into the action scenes. My only contention with this book is because of the very frequent use of Spanish words, phrases and even full dialogue out of the translator. It was necessary to have a Google Spanish to English translator at hand, which was a nice way to increase my Spanish vocabulary, but also was a bit distracting. Overall, the story and characters are wonderful, too. I highly recommend this book and author to anyone who appreciates a good story.
 
5
   A road trip novel, but with horses
A road trip novelist with a horse. By the end of this story, I almost believed I could bust broncos and cauterize a bullet hole using my Colt revolver as a branding iron. My only complaint is that there is a lot of dialogue in Spanish, which I don't understand. It's not too difficult to figure out what's being said from the actions, but I don't like missing out on them. I guess it gives the novel and added level of verisimilitude, but McCarthy doesn't need another level. It's a great story, well told.
 
4
   wonderful, descriptive
It was a wild ride for the teenager, who was 17 at the time. Not a fairy tale, graphic, but well written.
 
5
   Another great yarn
I can relate to the characters and the way they speak and conduct themselves, Mr. Nielsen said. The Mexicans, good and bad, are portrayed as well. There are some guys out there who are just as heartwarming. Lord, I thank you for this wonderful gesture of God.
 
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   If you enjoyed Larry McMurtry's western trilogy starting with Lonesome Dove
But the trouble is, younger characters get into the same sorts of troubles.
 
5
   McCarthy at his best
John Grady is the epitome of the cowboy. His love and therefore McCarthy's love of horses come through in a big way. John Grady's views on the beast and the world in general resonated with the reader.
 
4
   Lives up to the reputation
The book has been hailed as a "must-have" by book critics. I can understand why people would want to read it. It's not nearly as dark as some of McCarthy's other work, and is a great story of two teenage boys becoming men on an adventure to Mexico. I'll be reading the other two parts of the trilogy, too.
 
5
   Amazing Experience
I love authors who love the language and aren't afraid to play with it, Raymond said. But, in a generous gesture of uncharacteristic compassion, McCartney also said that the story was "great." Indeed, the entire plot is well developed, with the characters well developed, too. What makes McCarthy are not his abilities in these regards, but his ability to do these extraordinary things serving his every need in a way that goes far beyond descriptions and dialogs, said Dr. William D. Smith, of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Languages. Pure and simple, McCartney said.
 
5
   Cormac McCarthy is a great writer.
I wasn't an English major but what I liked about this book is McCarthy's descriptions made me feel like I was along with the characters as they journeyed from Southern Texas to Northern Mexico. It's a coming-of-age tale, one that will appeal to a broad range of people.
 
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   No stars
This book was nearly impossible to read, due to the lack of proper punctuation. The story sounded really interesting, but it was too annoying to read.
 
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