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Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses: A Reader's Guide (Continuum Contemporaries)
This is part of a new series of guides to contemporary novels. The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to some of the most popular, most acclaimed and most influential novels of recent years - from ‘The Remains of the Day' to ‘White Teeth'. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled t...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published January 11th 2002 by Bloomsbury Academic
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I judged this one harshly and hastily. Before Tatum settled into his rhythm, I decided that the approach, which focuses on reflected scenes in what becomes almost a mirror of a novel, would yield little. And while there's still plenty here I'd quibble with, Tatum's explication of the novel as John Grady Cole's struggle to come to see the world "as it is" takes shape as he examines the third and fourth sections. Solid and occasionally revelatory stuff.