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Todos los hermosos caballos (The Border Trilogy #1)

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Situada en 1949, en las tierras fronterizas entre Texas y México, la historia se centra en el personaje de John Grady Cole, un muchacho de dieciséis años, hijo de padres separados que tras la muerte de su abuelo decide huir a México en compañía de su amigo Lacey, para encontrarse con un mundo marcado por la dureza y la violencia. Una novela de aprendizaje con resonancias é ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published April 30th 2005 by Random House Mondadori (first published May 11th 1992)
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Matt Kelly In conclusion it is a beautiful book that is basically about horses.
Matt Kelly Totally. It's more representative of his general body of work. I can see why people think blood meridian is his Magnus opus, and I loved it, but all…moreTotally. It's more representative of his general body of work. I can see why people think blood meridian is his Magnus opus, and I loved it, but all the pretty horses is all the better for its lack of a stylish narrative and characters in my opinion. More straightforward. Obviously you may disagree but if so you e read the only cormac book worth reading for you.(less)
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Kemper
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western, modern-lit, 2011
All the Pretty Horses isn’t quite as grim as other Cormac McCarthy work that I’ve read but considering that this includes The Road, Blood Meridian, No Country For Old Men and watching the HBO adaptation of his play The Sunset Limited, it's still so bleak that your average person will be depressed enough to be checked into a mental ward and put on suicide watch after finishing it.

John Grady Cole is a sixteen year old cowboy in Texas a few years after World War II who was raised on his grandfather
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Joe Valdez
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My introduction to the fiction of Pulitzer Prize winner and Oprah Winfrey fan Cormac McCarthy is All the Pretty Horses, the first novel in McCarthy's so-called Border Trilogy, published in 1992. Westerns set in the post World War II country between Texas and Mexico, the trilogy continued with The Crossing and Cities of the Plain. The first seventy-five percent of this brooding, terse and darkly mesmerizing ranching tale is glorious, towering over the intersection of storytelling and language. Th ...more
Martine
I seldom abandon books after reading just a couple of pages, but in this case I had no choice. Two pages into the book I was so annoyed by McCarthy's random use of apostrophes and near-total lack of commas that I felt I had better stop reading to prevent an aneurysm. I'm sure McCarthy is a great storyteller, but unless someone convinces me he has found a competent proof-reader who is not afraid to add some four thousand commas to each of his books, I'll never read another line he's written. I ca ...more
Jason Koivu
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This western of new antiquity flows with a horse's grace and bursts into furious and powerful charges. McCarthy's pen grazes upon lush words. His verbs gallop, his adjectives whinny and snort. There is a subdued, wild loneliness. The populous within the pages wander like herds or rally in a tense, motionless pack ready to pounce, while mere boys -more man than most- wander through them ready for love, ready for death.

These characters breath and sweat and bleed. The reader comes to know the true
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Paul Bryant
Nov 13, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT


A large auditorium. The audience is abuzz with low-quality hysteria. Who’s up next? A glowering old man stands on the vast stage. He’s got a guitar and one of those neck-brace harmonica things and he looks mortally offended. He always looks like that though.

Simon: And what’s your name?

Man : Cormac McCarthy.

Simon : Where are you from?

CM : Rhode Island.

LA Reid : Would you say you had a philosophy of life?

CM : There's no such thing as life without bloodshed. I think the notion
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Bram
Oct 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Despite my great love for The Road, I’d argue that my enjoyment of All the Pretty Horses was far from predetermined. To begin with, I’ve recently been made aware (in discussions with fellow Goodreaders) that I’ve never seen a single Clint Eastwood movie or even a non-Clint Eastwood Western. And although I grew up in the South (sort of), I’m now an East Coast city guy who’s never even gone camping if you don’t count that college freshman orientation trip. Not only do I know jack-shit about horses ...more
Lyn
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cormac McCarthy, in his 1992 novel, (which begins his Border Trilogy) has again conjured up dark and somber images of the verges of human civilization both literally and metaphorically in Mexico.

John Grady Cole and his friend leave 1949 Texas and cross the border into Mexico and in some respects goes back in time as the tone and setting could be a hundred years earlier. Cole works on a horse ranch and then because of his skill with horses is invited into the ranch house where he begins a prohibi
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yana
Jun 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to yana by: ms. sinkler
i boycotted this book for years because of the title... it sounded too girly, and i had no desire to read a book about horses, much less pretty ones. this was despite the fact that it had been first strongly recommended to me by an amazing high school english teacher who always had impeccable tastes in literature. man did i have no idea what i was missing due to my snobbish snubbery. luckily my dear friends janae and kristine mailed me a copy while i was living in Poland, in a giant birthday box ...more
Julie Christine
By all accounts, I shouldn't like Cormac McCarthy's novels. I have little patience for stylized prose. Violent imagery sends me over the edge. Books set in the American West or South are not my first—or even fourth—choice, as a general rule.

But I'm helpless under McCarthy's pen.

All the Pretty Horses is McCarthy's most accessible novel and I'm glad I didn't start here, because anything which followed would have been an horrific shock. In contrast to his other works that seem to roll out in fugu
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Ahmad Sharabiani
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1), Cormac McCarthy
عنوان: همه اسبهای زیبا؛ نویسنده: کورمک مکارتی؛ مترجم: کاوه میرعباسی؛ تهران، نیکا، 1390، در 416 ص؛ شابک: 9786005906448؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 20 م
جان گردی کول و لیسی رائولینز، که نمیتوانند رویاهای ماجراجویانه شان را در آمریکای پس از جنگ جهانی دوم واقعیت ببخشند، تکزاس را ترک میکنند و به سمت مکزیک میتازند. این دو نوجوان در آرزوی جشن مدام در دل طبیعتی دست نخورده به دوردست میروند. اما این سفر پرامید، که میبایست درس زند
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Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist and playwright. He has written ten novels in the Southern Gothic, western, and post-apocalyptic genres and has also written plays and screenplays. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for The Road, and his 2005 novel No Country for Old Men was adapted as a 2007 film of the same name, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

His earlier Blood M
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Other Books in the Series

The Border Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Crossing (The Border Trilogy, #2)
  • Cities of the Plain (The Border Trilogy, #3)
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