All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1) by Cormac McCarthy

All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)

All the Pretty Horses tells of young John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of Texas ranchers. Across the border Mexico beckons—beautiful and desolate, rugged and cruelly civilized. With two companions, he sets off on an idyllic, sometimes comic adventure, to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.

Details All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)

TitleAll the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)
Release DateJun 29th, 1993
GenreFiction, Westerns, Historical, Historical Fiction, Classics, Literature

Reviews All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)

  • Kemper
    All the Pretty Horses isn’t quite as grim as other Cormac McCarthy work that I’ve read but considering that this includes The Road, Blood Meridian, No Country For Old Men and watching the HBO adaptation of his play The Sunset Limited, it's still so bleak that your average person will be depressed enough to be checked into a mental ward and put on suicide watch after finishing it.John Grady Cole is a sixteen year old cowboy in Texas a few year...
  • Joe Valdez
    My introduction to the fiction of Pulitzer Prize winner and Oprah Winfrey fan Cormac McCarthy is All the Pretty Horses, the first novel in McCarthy's so-called Border Trilogy, published in 1992. Westerns set in the post World War II country between Texas and Mexico, the trilogy continued with The Crossing and Cities of the Plain. The first seventy-five percent of this brooding, terse and darkly mesmerizing ranching tale is glorious, towering over...
  • Martine
    I seldom abandon books after reading just a couple of pages, but in this case I had no choice. Two pages into the book I was so annoyed by McCarthy's random use of apostrophes and near-total lack of commas that I felt I had better stop reading to prevent an aneurysm. I'm sure McCarthy is a great storyteller, but unless someone convinces me he has found a competent proof-reader who is not afraid to add some four thousand commas to each of his book...
  • Jaline
    The Border Trilogy – Part 1 of 3His name is John Grady Cole and he is 16 years old. His world shifted and changed radically from what he knew and what he expected while growing up in San Angelos, Texas. He and his best friend Lacey Rawlins (17) decide to ride to Mexico and see if they can find work on a ranch.On their way there, a younger boy, possibly 14 (although he lay claim to 16 years) named Jimmy Blevins joins them, although neither is pa...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1), Cormac McCarthyAll the Pretty Horses is a novel by American author Cormac McCarthy published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1992. Its romanticism (in contrast to the bleakness of McCarthy's earlier work) brought the writer much public attention. It was a bestseller, and it won both the U.S. National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. It is also the first of McCarthy's "Border Trilogy".The...
  • Marita
    O.K. Relax. I’m not going to bombard you with extracts as I am wont to do, tempting though it may be as the prose sings and the evocative imagery enchants. I am not even going to whinge about the direct speech not being enclosed in fat little quotation marks, as here the missing punctuation is not missed at all. Quite simply, this novel blew my socks off!
  • Robin
    On the surface, this book is a cowboy adventure. A gritty story in which childhood doesn't exist and two teenage boys, John Grady and Lacey Rawlins, are alone riding in a land foreign to them. They speak when they only truly have something worth saying. They sleep under the stars. Their only possessions are often the clothes on their back, a razor and a toothbrush. Oh, and their horses.This life is sometimes idyllic, but more often, dangerous. It...
  • Katie
    Cormac McCarthy is so good at making you care deeply about his characters and then keeping you on tenterhooks of dread about what horror of bloodletting he's going to lead them into. Two young boys, John Grady Cole and Lacey Rawlins, decide to leave their homes in Texas and ride to Mexico. Early on, McCarthy sets up a heartwarming friendship between them. And between Cole and his horse. Then they are joined by another boy even younger than they ...
  • Paul Bryant
    AMERICA'S GOT TALENTA large auditorium. The audience is abuzz with low-quality hysteria. Who’s up next? A glowering old man stands on the vast stage. He’s got a guitar and one of those neck-brace harmonica things and he looks mortally offended. He always looks like that though.Simon: And what’s your name?Man : Cormac McCarthy.Simon : Where are you from? CM : Rhode Island.LA Reid : Would you say you had a philosophy of life?CM : There's no s...
  • Jason Koivu
    This western of new antiquity flows with a horse's grace and bursts into furious and powerful charges. McCarthy's pen grazes upon lush words. His verbs gallop, his adjectives whinny and snort. There is a subdued, wild loneliness. The populous within the pages wander like herds or rally in a tense, motionless pack ready to pounce, while mere boys -more man than most- wander through them ready for love, ready for death.These characters breath and s...
  • Lyn
    Cormac McCarthy, in his 1992 novel, (which begins his Border Trilogy) has again conjured up dark and somber images of the verges of human civilization both literally and metaphorically in Mexico.John Grady Cole and his friend leave 1949 Texas and cross the border into Mexico and in some respects goes back in time as the tone and setting could be a hundred years earlier. Cole works on a horse ranch and then because of his skill with horses is invi...
  • Bram
    Despite my great love for The Road, I’d argue that my enjoyment of All the Pretty Horses was far from predetermined. To begin with, I’ve recently been made aware (in discussions with fellow Goodreaders) that I’ve never seen a single Clint Eastwood movie or even a non-Clint Eastwood Western. And although I grew up in the South (sort of), I’m now an East Coast city guy who’s never even gone camping if you don’t count that college freshm...
  • Duane
    My first Cormac McCarthy book and not what I expected, better in fact. Excellent writing as one would expect from this acclaimed writer. It's the story of three young men, teenagers actually, not happy with their lives in 1949 Texas, so they decide to strike out for Mexico. What they find is a landscape, a culture, and a social system far different than what they left behind. There is a starkness to this novel, combined with a romanticism that Mc...
  • Richard Derus
    Rating: 2* of fiveThe Publisher Says: 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. Wi...
  • Julie Christine
    By all accounts, I shouldn't like Cormac McCarthy's novels. I have little patience for stylized prose. Violent imagery sends me over the edge. Books set in the American West or South are not my first—or even fourth—choice, as a general rule. But I'm helpless under McCarthy's pen. All the Pretty Horses is McCarthy's most accessible novel and I'm glad I didn't start here, because anything which followed would have been an horrific shock. In con...
  • yana
    i boycotted this book for years because of the title... it sounded too girly, and i had no desire to read a book about horses, much less pretty ones. this was despite the fact that it had been first strongly recommended to me by an amazing high school english teacher who always had impeccable tastes in literature. man did i have no idea what i was missing due to my snobbish snubbery. luckily my dear friends janae and kristine mailed me a copy whi...
  • Lucie
    Glorious.It's not so much 'what' this book is about as it is 'the words' of this book. The delicious, deliberate, patient, cowboy-slow, piece-of-straw-in-your-mouth, quiet way the story is told.“He lay on his back in his blankets and looked out where the quarter moon lay cocked over the heel of the mountains... the great diamond of Orion and Cepella and the signature of Cassiopeia all rising up through the phosphorous dark... He lay a long time...
  • Libby Cone
    A young hired hand is warned against getting close to the beautiful, haughty daughter of his ranchowner employer, but her haunting beauty zzzzzzzzzz.........
  • Maxwell
    I find Cormac McCarthy's writing to be intimidating at the start of each novel but quickly find myself falling into its rhythm and cadence. There's a strong musicality to his writing, like the beat of a horse's hooves. His descriptions are vivid even in their bleakness, but this story is much more romantic than I expected. It's still a bit gruesome at times but has a romantic sensibility that makes this story feel like a classic, that of a lovest...
  • Lara
    McCarthy pares his descriptions down to the purest bones, and then, as if all that surrounded it was the shrapnel of a shattering revelation, lays down a jaw-droppingly astonishing sentence that sums up good, evil, man, God, love. The best and worst in men are inseparable in McCarthy's worlds, which are so exactly imagined as to be indisputable.John Grady Cole is one of the most memorable heros in contemporary literature. This one makes me want t...
  • Patrick Reinken
    I gave some thought to doing a “two-sentences-and-one-word” review of Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses – winner of the National Book Award – but I decided not to. Don’t get me wrong, it could be done that way. It’s just that I didn’t think I could do it justice that way.The reason for that isn’t the characters. They are few, and they are finely drawn.It’s also not the story. That’s stripped down to some classic essent...
  • Chloe
    4.5Love McCarthy's unique, deep and fluent writing that carries from novel to novel though the plots may change. Love Westerns, love books that aren't predictable, love books that depict realist worldviews -- no sugarcoating situations to always turn out for the better. New favorite.
  • Gary
    Ascent into HellYou read the first sentence of a Cormac McCarthy novel and you know that this is not Grisham or Connolly or Child or Crichton or King, certainly not Patterson, or anyone else writing fiction today. And before the first page is turned he has launched into one of his frenetic poetic riffs that lurches and rambles and stops and starts and doesn't care about punctuation and you can almost hear your high school English teacher scolding...
  • zumurruddu
    It's a sad and beautiful world“Dicono che chi non conosce la storia è condannato a ripeterla, ma io non credo che conoscerla serva a qualcosa. L’avidità, la follia e l’attrazione per il sangue sono una costante della storia, e questa è una cosa che persino Dio - che sa tutto quel che si può sapere - sembra incapace di modificare.”Sella, cavallo, pistola, briglia, staffe, fucile, cavallo, sangue, sudore, polvere, un altro cavallo, camp...
  • Malacorda
    "…wild wild horses… couldn't drag me away…" Stavo già cantando ad alta voce e invece no, il titolo originale è All the pretty horses. Iniziare questo libro è stato come cercare di abbracciare un cactus: ritmo lento e poco coinvolgente, zeppo di sottointesi o comunque informazioni date per scontate, dialoghi smozzicati con una voce narrante onnisciente perfettamente neutra per non dire assente, nomi di persona introdotti senza riferimenti...
  • Jamie
    I’ve been sitting on this book review for weeks, needing to chew so many things over before I put it into words. I started the book and finished it and started it again, because it was the only thing I knew to do. It’s wrecked me, a little. Pushed things knotted up deep down inside to the surface, like coming up from under a waterfall for air. There’s something visceral here, not just in the story itself but in the reading of it, more akin ...
  •  amapola
    Due ragazzi, giovanissimi. Un viaggio a cavallo per arrivare in Messico. Un viaggio reale, ma anche un viaggio iniziatico. E lungo il percorso la scoperta di odio, violenza, ingiustizie, soprusi, sconfitte, ma anche l’amore, la passione e poi, ancora, il male, la morte. A fare da sfondo alle vicende umane una natura splendida e selvaggia, madre e matrigna.”Sdraiato sotto la coperta, John Grady contemplava il quarto di luna sulla cresta delle ...
  • J. Kent Messum
    Cormac McCarthy holds a unique position in the literary community: Practically untouchable. He has both the guts and the gumption to wade into drowning pools that other authors can't dip a toe in. McCarthy is well known for his acute sense of southern darkness, often writing about the depths of depravity people have sunk to, putting a magnifying glass to the appalling violence humans engage in on the fringes of civilization. He does so with a wis...
  • Paolo
    Siamo nel 1949 e due giovani di belle speranze (ma quello che interessa all'autore è solamente John Grady, l'altro fa solo da spalla, proprio come nei film di quegli anni) si mettono in viaggio (a cavallo !) verso il Messico.Cammin facendo si viene sapere che hanno 16 anni, ma sono sgamati e tosti come veri cow boy. Ovviamente sono armati fino ai denti, anche se nel 1949 gli indiani erano stati sterminati già da un pezzo ed i terroristi islamic...
  • Jason
    Do you have a sub-clinical fear of commas and, especially, quotation marks? Then Cormac McCarthy's your author and All the Pretty Horses is the book for you! There's not a quotation mark in 302 pages and very few commas. It's an interesting and stylized type of writing, and McCarthy uses it in some of his other books. Here's a typical sentence:He dismounted and unrolled his plunder and opened the box of shells and put half of them in his pocket a...