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All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
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Jul 08, 2008

it was amazing
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Read in March, 2009

Un-be-lievable

A review would do no justice.

Here's a sample from the first page

"As he turned to go he heard the train. He stopped and waited for it. He could feel it under his feet. It came boring out of the east like some ribald satellite of the coming sun howling and bellowing in the distance and the long light of the headlamp running through the tangled mesquite brakes and creating out of the night the endless fenceline down the dead straight right of way and sucking it back again wire and post mile on mile into the darkness after where the boilersmoke disbanded slowly along the faint new horizon and the sound came lagging and he stood still holding his hat in his hands in the passing groundshudder watching it till it was gone."

---and it gets waaaaaaaaay better than this.

Okay, I couldn't resist...

"In the Spaniard's heart is a great yearning for freedom, but only his own. A great love of truth and honor in all its forms, but not in its substance. And a deep conviction that nothing can be proven except that it be made to bleed. Virgins, bulls, men. Ultimately God himself."

Man-oh-man...shivers down my spine.
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