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All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
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Aug 06, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, books-i-teach-or-have-taught
Read in January, 1996

As always, AtPH treated me right. This will be my fourth year to teach the novel, and I still feel I'm far from exhausting its possibilities.

With McCarthy's Tennessee books, I stick around because I can't help but do so, despite the sure knowledge that things are going to go horribly, horribly wrong--not just wrong-wrong, like corpse-raping wrong. With his Western novels (excepting Blood Meridian which makes me whimper like a four-year-old), I stay within the pages as long as I can just to soak it in, to swim in it. Cormac might be a pretentious bastard prone to arcane, show-boatin' verbiage, but he's my favorite pretentious bastard by a wide margin.

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