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Publisher's Summary

Cormac McCarthy is a quiet, unassuming presence in American fiction today, but like the slow, measured voices of many of his characters, he speaks with an authority and conviction that demands an audience. All the Pretty Horses, McCarthy's sixth novel, is a cowboy odyssey for modern times. Set in the late 1940s, it features the travels and toils of a 16-year-old East Texan named John Grady Cole, caught in the agonizing purgatory between adolescence and adulthood.
At the start of the novel, Cole's grandfather has just died, his parents have permanently separated, and the family ranch, upon which he had placed so many boyish hopes, has been sold. Rootless and increasingly restive, Cole leaves Texas, accompanied by his friend Lacey Rawlins, and begins a journey across the vaquero frontier into the badlands of northern Mexico. In spite of its hard realities and spare telling, All the Pretty Horses is a lyrical and richly romantic story, chronicling - along with the erosion of the frontier - the loss of an era.
©1992 Cormac McCarthy (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

National Book Award, 1992
"This is a novel so exuberant in its prose, so offbeat in its setting and so mordant and profound in its deliberations that one searches in vain for comparisons in American literature." (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By LMS on 05-21-15

Beautiful writing

There's another reviewer said this book is too slow. It is slow, but I'm not sure that's the point. The writing, the scenery, the characters are so Beautiful, I found myself hitting the repeat last 30 seconds button over and over again. A great audiobook.

Also, the performance is spectacular. I don't imagine this prose is the easiest to read, but this reader performs it thoughtfully and with Grace, and it's a joy to listen to.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Perri on 01-25-17

All the pretty verses

I didn't want it to end. Beautifully poetic even during violence. I should've read this years ago.

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5 out of 5 stars
By MR on 04-30-16

Excellent listen

Slow to get going but evolves into a gripping story featuring some fantastic imagery and engaging characters

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By JOHN on 02-14-17

Mean, Moody, Magnificent

A slightly slow start but well worth persevering. Wonderful descriptive passages. I was slowly drawn in to the storyline. The narrator's delivery perfectly suited the narrative.

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