Cities of the Plain (The Border Trilogy #3)
In his novels, best-selling author Cormac McCarthy creates a western landscape filled with characters that are both myhic and authentic. Cities of the Plain, the stunning conclusion of his award-winning Border trilogy, brings together John Grady Cole and Billy Parham—the two lifelong friends who began their adventures in All the Pretty Horses. It is 1952. As Grady and Bill...more
The author asked, Whad'ya think about the book?
The last in the trilogy?
It was alright, Jason said.
What was alright?
Cities of the Plain
The simple language and the economy of words and the lack of punctuation, quotations especially. How you made simple things like chores seem interesting and wonderful.
That's fair. It's actually harder to write like that than you think.
Was it bett ...more
I greatly enjoyed Cities of the Plain. The book was much more dialogue-driven than the previous two--moreso than most McCarthy. It read quite like a screenplay (honestly I'm surprised there's no adaptation in the works--no Matt Damon please). Landscape descriptions, landscape as a character itself, is toned down, replaced with scene and scenario, the near-exciting humdrum of cowboy ranching life, a moribund profession and way of life. B ...more
Sfogliare l’ultima pagina, leggere le ultime righe, chiudere il libro e stringerselo forte forte contro il petto, con la stessa sensazione di quando si guarda rimpicciolire in lo ...more
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Rating: 4.5 stars
John Grady Cole and Billy Parham finally meet up as ranch hands on an old New Mexico ranch run a old man, Johnson. Johnson is going slowly senile. He walks in his sleep, looks defeated and lost after the somewhat recent death of his daughter. His ranch is run by his son-in-law, ...more
”Cidades da Planície” foi inicialmente escrito como um guião cinematográfico nos anos 80, que nenhum estúdio se mostrou interessado em realizar.
Devido a vicissitudes várias Cormac McCarthy acabou por desenvolver a história do fim para o início; e com base no guião para cinema escreve ”Cidades da Plan ...more
The final chapter in McCarthy's Border Trilogy, Cities of the Plain brings together our two sumbitches, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham, cowboying on a ranch in border Texas in the 1950s ...more
La monumentalità di questo libro, unita a quella dei due precedenti, fanno della Trilogia della Frontiera un'opera destinata a durare nei secoli a venire, un'opera destinata ad affascinare e straziare i lettori. Drammatico, questo ultimo capitolo. Definitivo, ma immenso come i precedenti. Unisce i due protagonisti, ma ne ricalca le evidenti differenze. Ciò mi ...more
Más que historias del viejo Oeste, la trilogía es una declaración magistral sobre el ser humano. La p ...more
It's a beautiful story ...more
With the strength of 'All the Pretty Horses', I continued to read the Border Trilogy and, while 'The Crossing' had some incredible moments (especially its climactic end), 'Cities of the Plain' does not reflect McCarthy's best at all. His fabled lyricism is there in parts, but not wholly developed. His moments of philos ...more
What in the hell, said Troy. What in the hell.
A large owl lay cruciform across the driver's windshield of the truck. The laminate of the glass was belled in softly to hold him and his wings were spread wide and he lay in the concentric rings and rays of ...more
The one major disappointment with this story was its lack of powerful, beautiful, and riveting poetic form. In ATPH and Crossing, the poetry that goes into describing the scenes, people and emotions is just heartbreakingly good. In this story, however, it is noticeably absent until near the end of the book.
The positive: he meant to wri ...more
Cormac is a poet that writes prose and the results are hearty and filling. When your flesh is filleted in a knife fight, the blood fills up your boots. Details. I give you ...more
A note of warning, however: This novel is not recommended for the faint of heart.
In this work, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham collectively join up as protagonists in a fitting end to the trilogy- making the points of societies' shifts (plural intende ...more
All of the stories of his that I have read are salted with wisdom, here is a example from Cities of the Plain, this from a conversation between John Gray and his blind friend in a discussion about padrinos (godparents), the blind fri ...more
It's naturalistic in the sense ...more
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His earlier Blood M ...more