All the Pretty Horses is the first novel in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy. The young John Grady Cole and his two companions journey from Texas through Mexico as orphans of sorts, and through their struggles for their horses, with the law, and with a landowning Mexican family, they travel toward maturity. As the first in a series, it begins to reveal John Grady Cole's character and presents the loss of the West, for Cole ultimately loses love and takes his place as a lone figure, on a horse, on the American landscape. The book was adapted for the screen in 2000.
Table of ContentsLife and Background of the Author.
Introduction to the Novel.
A Brief Synopsis.
List of Characters.
The Horses of All the Pretty Horses.
and the American Dream.
Review Questions and Essay Topics.
McCarthy's Major Works.
Critical Works about McCarthy and the Southwest.