All the Pretty Horses: Border Trilogy (1) (Vintage International) (Paperback)

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I’ve never read anything by Cormac McCarthy before, so I figured a book club would be the perfect opportunity. I’ve always been told he was one of the great Texas authors. So far I’m really enjoying the adventure. McCarthy uses this style of writing that is just so unique. It’s so bare bones (I mean he doesn’t even use quotation marks), but at the same time it’s able to convey such strong imagery. It’s just so enjoyable but completely weird at the same time. I really recommend it.

— Althea


The national bestseller and the first volume in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy, All the Pretty Horses is the tale of John Grady Cole, who at sixteen finds himself at the end of a long line of Texas ranchers, cut off from the only life he has ever imagined for himself.  With two companions, he sets off for Mexico on a sometimes idyllic, sometimes comic journey to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.  Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction.

About the Author

Cormac McCarthy was born in Rhode Island in 1933 and spent most of his childhood near Knoxville, Tennessee. He served in the U.S. Air Force and later studied at the University of Tennessee. In 1976 he moved to El Paso, Texas, where he lives today. McCarthy's fiction parallels his movement from the Southeast to the West--the first four novels being set in Tennessee, the last three in the Southwest and Mexico. The Orchard Keeper (1965) won the Faulkner Award for a first novel; it was followed by Outer Dark (1968), Child of God (1973), Suttree (1979), Blood Meridian (1985), and All the Pretty Horses, which won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award for fiction in 1992.

Praise For…

"Rambunctious, high-spirited...All the Pretty Horses is a true American original." --Newsweek
Product Details
ISBN: 9780679744399
ISBN-10: 0679744398
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: June 29th, 1993
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Vintage International