Book Reviews of All the Pretty Horses (Border, Bk 1)

All the Pretty Horses (Border, Bk 1)
All the Pretty Horses - Border, Bk 1
Author: Cormac McCarthy
ISBN-13: 9780679744399
ISBN-10: 0679744398
Publication Date: 6/29/1993
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 372 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 9
This is good reading! A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER and NATIONAL CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD and after a few pages you will begin to see why this is such an acclaimed novel. This is a modern work of fiction set in the Texas badlands and Northern Mexico. Today it is still cattle ranching country and the region clings to the romance of the "Wild West". The story begins when a sixteen year old boy, devastated by the death of his grandfather and the inevitable sale of the family ranch, decides to run away to Mexico. He convinces his best friend to accompany him. They take only their saddle horses, light provisions and their cowboy skills. The boys discover that life isn't as kind or idyllic as they envisioned. There is a lot of conversation in this novel, lots of it in basic Spanish, which is not clearly translated. I think this was a clever ploy by the author to let the reader feel the confusion the two boys experience. It will not interrupt the flow of the story, it fact, it makes it come alive. There is factual description of ranching life and the desert regions with great attention to detail. At times funny, other times gut wrenching, this is the story about these two boys coming to grip with the reality of life, which is often cruel and unfair. The adventure is full of horses, gun play, bad guys and romance. Somewhere along the way, the boys become men. I really liked this book. I would highly recommend it for young adults. It is a great book about the rites of passage from childhood to adult hood.
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Helpful Score: 7
This is a National Book Award winner (for fiction). It is a beautifully written book. We all enjoyed it very much - we being myself, my father & my husband. Highest recommendation to those readers who enjoy well-written, well-developed stories.
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Helpful Score: 5
Cormac McCarthy's sage of a two young friends set out to Mexico for an adventure that leads them to love, prison, murder, and growing up. The poetry with which this man writes leaves awesome pictures of the countryside he loves as well as the horses. An true western.
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Helpful Score: 5
Wonderful realistic adventure set in the 1930's - of two young men who journey by horse down into Mexico, sometimes funny, but moving and heartrending in places. Cormac McCarthy's writings are very authentic. If you haven't seen the movie, you must read this first.
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Helpful Score: 4
Story of a boy's journey from Texas to Mexico. Involves love, laughter, knife fights, horse thievery. Well written Western novel. I enjoyed this a lot - the main character's development and style of prose are both very well done. Contains some Spanish, without translation.
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Helpful Score: 3
western. the plot was engaging, but i did not like the writing style. however, it is a national bestseller, won 'the national book award for fiction' and 'national book critics circle award for fiction', and received rave reviews, so take my thoughts with a grain of salt.
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Helpful Score: 2
I was pleasantly surprised by this one, it was better than I thought it would be. The story has a very deliberate pace (indicative of unrushed lifestyle along the border, I suppose) and the characters were intriguing. I like how a little bit of the dialoge is in Spanish. But toward the end the detailed landscape description was tiring. I wish I could have had more insight as to what was going on inside John Grady Cole's head, rather that waiting to see how is actions panned out.
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Helpful Score: 2
I was anxious to read a good book about the Southwest US/Mexico, and began reading this book soon after it arrived in the mail. I hadn't read many pages before I realized that the language was going to be tantamount to trying to walk through the barnyard without picking up manure on my shoes. I'm sure there was a pretty good plot and development of characters somewhere in those pages, underneath all the cursing and barnyard words. It depends on your appetite, of course; but I have no stomach for such language. Why is it that so many modern writers rely on empty, blathering curse words to fill in their stories, while early authors of the classics could simply tell an amazing story in 'the King's English'? I do not recommend this book to anyone who does not enjoy immersing their self in a steady string of profanity.
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Helpful Score: 2
I'm not usually into westerns, but this is very literary. Great characters, nice imagery, easy and enjoyable read.
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Helpful Score: 2
A wonderful book. Deserving of every award it won. A delight to read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent, descriptive, haunting, evocative of a period between times in our country.
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Helpful Score: 1
The "cowboy" has been an exoticized icon that equates masculinity with ruggedness in appearance and simplicity of lifestyle...an idyllic image.

For this Los Angeles urbanite, McCarthy successfully extinguishes this pre-determined image in a brutal tale on the hardships of being and living as a cowboy.
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Helpful Score: 1
A superior Western from an academically respected writer. Pretty Horses works well just as an entertaining Western novel: the plot moves you along as two (later three) young men strike out to find adventure in 1949 Mexico.
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A very enjoyable read. This is the second book written by Cormac Mccarthy (the first being The Road) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Has the same gritty, matter-of-fact, real qualities that I enjoyed about his other book.
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Good book but it took a while to get used to McCarthy's non-use of dialogue punctuation--McCarthy does have a great literate style and has some good insights into the border culture between US and Mexico.
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A quick read by Brad Pitt. If you liked the movie you should like this. But if truth be told, I was bored by the author's writing style when I read the book (didn't finish it), didn't watch the whole movie, and was even more bored when listening to this audio. Foolishly persistent, but I was determined to figure out why this was so popular. I never did.
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loved the book
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Sixteen year old John Grady decides to leave his home in Texas and go to Mexico. He leaves with his friend Lacey Rawlins. As they travel and collect a third person, Jimmy Blevins, they find that the world gives more downs than up on the rollercoaster of life.

I had not read any of Cormac McCarthys books. I think this is a good one to start with because I thought it sometimes reminiscent of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn stories. The only difference was a little more violent, dark and some sex mentioned. From what I read of other reviews this book is fairly happy compared to McCarthys other works.

The first things that bothered me about the book was no quotations when people spoke and also quite a bit of Spanish that does not get translated in the book. The Spanish really bothered me because I did not feel like grabbing a Spanish dictionary and looking up every other sentence.

So even with the books negative traits I still found it refreshing different from what I normally read. I dont know if I would read the rest of the series though.
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What a surprise! This is a beautifully written book by a master of the English language. I can see why it is a prize winner. But this only adds to an interesting story of two young Texas boys off on an adventure in Mexico during the early 1940s. Try it - you'll like it!
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lyrical, old west atmospheric, solid story and characters, loved this book. movie does justice to the book, loved it too
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Beautiful prose, but difficult to follow. Plot wasn't as engaging for me. I'm sorry to put it down without finishing, but it just wasn't for me.
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Excellent story - helps that Brad Pitt is reading it!!!
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audiobook read by Brad Pitt
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Surprisingly upbeat in view of other McCarthy novels I've read. There is something riveting about his style. I enjoyed the book a lot.
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This book was just "ok" to me. I didn't hate it, but didn't love it either. The best part was the dialect the characters used. I felt almost like I was listening to the characters talk in real life. The author doesn't use quotation marks and many times doesn't indicate who says what, which is annoying at first. He also uses a lot of run on sentences that made me cringe at times. If you can get past that, this is a pretty interesting story. Just don't expect all loose ends to be tied up at the end of the story. This is part of a trilogy but I didn't enjoy it enough to read the other two in the series.
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I tried to like this book, but finally gave up on it. I rarely do not finish something I begin reading. I think one either enjoys MxcCarthy's style or doesn't.
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A must read.
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The best way to get the beauty of McCarthy's language. A great love story and a great buddy story all in one.
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Amazing book. Reminds me of my grandpa. Brad pit does a nice job.
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My grandpa said that this book was the closest one he read that described the era in which he lived. It was beautiful, a boy and a country between ages, and Brad Pitt before fame. Much better than the movie.
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Very good book - and having Brad Pitt read it was good as well!
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AModern Day Western,great read even if you are not a wesrern buff.
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Modern day western.....quite nice.
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Beautifully written.
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Not large print!
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Good tapes. Brad Pitt is the narrator and his voice goes well with the subject. I find audio books make commuting a pleasure, and this tape is no exception.
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With the amount of driving - I'm an avid audio-book consumer. I really enjoyed this book by Cormac McCarhty and audiocassette reading by actor Brad Pitt. This was a superb book which I highly recommend.
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Classic literary Western.
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Great book - well written.
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Loved it
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"All the Pretty Horses", and most all of what Cormac Mccarthy writes, is an enchanting read. it's deep, it's serious, it's funny, it can be a little shocking, all in all, Cormac is very skillful at tugging at your emtotions, and making you think. If you read "All the Pretty Horses", you will find yourself wanting to read the complete trilogy. Please do, it's well worth the effort. In addition, "No Country for Old Men" and "the Road" really stand out, and you'll likely love them, as well.

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I tried to read it, but couldn't get into it. It comes highly recommended, though, and the movie was interesting.
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Brad Pitt does the narration for this audio book.
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Enjoyed the book, but found it hard to follow. Worth the effort.
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A modern day Western full of horses and gunplay and romance. Winner of National Book Award for Fiction.
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The story of two young men trying to find their way in the West. Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and a national bestseller.
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"A modern-day Western full of horses and gunplay and romance, it transcends the bounds of its genre. A National Book Award for Fiction Winner."
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Publisher: Knopf; publication date: 1992
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a "new western classic"
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Beautiful book!
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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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If you want to see the cover, just go to amazon.com and type in the title.
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Looks like a good book and one I would enjoy, but I couldn't get past the writing style. This book is registered at bookcrossing.com
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knopf = publisher; 1992 = copyright date