All the Pretty Horses

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
All the Pretty Horses
John Grady Cole, a 16-year-old dispossessed Texan, crosses the Rio Grande into Mexico in 1949, accompanied by his pal Lacey Rawlins. The two precocious horsemen pick up a sidekick--a laughable but deadly marksman named Jimmy Blevins--encounter various adventures on their way south and finally arrive at a paradisiacal hacienda where Cole falls into an ill-fated romance.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1993
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 0679744398
Branch Call Number: FIC M
Characteristics: 301 p. ; 21 cm.


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Dec 27, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A century from now, McCarthy will stand with the likes of Melville, Twain and Faulkner. Wake up to the best-kept secret of American fiction in the past thirty years! The gripping prose echoes early Hemingway, and the lean, swift (by his standards) pastoral tale recalls an American Southwest, lyrically and magically evoked, in the twilight of its wilderness. Written in a sweeping, picaresque form, in a language of a beauty and power seldom seen, it has rollicking physical action, horses, gunplay and romance, yet ultimately it is a never sentimental lament for a passing way of life. Don't miss his dark and savage dress rehearsal, Blood Meridian.

Sep 25, 2014
  • stewstealth rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful prose encapsulates an excellent story about maintaining a way of life in an age of rapid industrialization. Well worth reading.

Aug 04, 2014

from "A Novel Bookstore"

Feb 20, 2014
  • TulsaTimeTraveler rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is a strange beast in that I hated it for the first 150 pages and had to force myself to keep going. And then, like a light bulb, something switched on and I absolutely loved the remainder of the story and eventually considered it one of my favorites. My book group had mixed feelings about McCarthy's writing style, but most of us agreed it was an adventure worth taking.

Feb 01, 2014
  • Leslie_Hurd rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I read this as part of a challenge, expecting to dislike it because I don't much care for Westerns and expected McCormac to be too dark for my tastes. Instead I was entranced with the trek taken by John Grady Cole and Lacy Rawlins as they searched for a place in Mexico where they could live the only life they wanted forever, as cowboys surrounded by horses and land. The quest for their dreams leads them to experiences both wonderful and terrifying, and McCormac allows you to live right along with them. McCormac writes like a poet. In the end, I fell in love with his beautiful writing and the incomparable John Grade Cole.

Dec 02, 2013

BORING!! The only reason I finished it was for book club. His other books are much better.

Jul 12, 2013
  • silenceinwinter rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

And... I never thought I would read a western much less enjoy it. I cried at the end. Not a few tears, but the kind of holding your knees and rocking back and fourth crying. This book is powerful. I fell totally in love with John Grady Cole.

Jun 13, 2012
  • jsmapr1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not Cormac McCarthy's greatest novel (that would be Blood Meridian), but this is a fantastic novel of the southwest that avoids a lot of the usual Western cliches. A great introduction to a great writer.

Dec 10, 2011

first in the trilogy

Apr 12, 2011
  • GrumpyDave rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

1992 National Book Award - Fiction

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Oct 08, 2010

All his reverence and all his fondness and all the leanings of his life were for the ardenthearted and they would always be so and never be otherwise.


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