Cities of the Plain (Border Trilogy Series #3)

Cities of the Plain (Border Trilogy Series #3)

by Cormac McCarthy
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Cities of the Plain (Border Trilogy Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved this story and loved the characters. Gritty and realistic landscape. Sparse but realistic prose. I will highly recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cormac McCarthy manages the difficult trick of presenting a incredible, romantic story in a grim, authentic style that convinces and captivates from page one. John Grady Cole (Hero of 'All the Pretty Horses') and Billy Parham (Hero of 'The Crossing') are some of the last cowboys at an old ranch in Southern New Mexico in 1951. The ranch has been bought out by the government for weapons testing and its days are numbered. Slowly the laconic but awesomely competant John Grady Cole ('The All American Cowboy' as the ranch-hands call him) opens up to an older, wiser but more cynical Billy Parham. Simultanously, Cole attempts his last great romantic journey to Mexico, with predictably disasterous consequences... Both young men have a lifestyle, a code of honour and skills (wonderfully described) that are almost obsolete by the 1950s. Intelligent, but uneducated in a conventional sense, they realise this but take refuge in their work and the New Mexico landscape. Occasionally McCarthy's ponderous symbols and extended 'meaningful' speeches by blind men and strangers intrude, but the overall effect is vivid, realistic, and touching. The disappearance of the Wild West is the theme of a thousand westerns and dime store novels, but McCarthy takes these simple well-known elements and blends the mythical aspects of the story with the tough simple reality of a vanished sub-culture. Not perhaps a great novel, but a very good one indeed.
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