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Border Trilogy #3: Cities of the Plain


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ISBN13: 9780679423904
ISBN10: 0679423907
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In this final volume of "The Border Trilogy," two men marked by the boyhood adventures of All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing now stand together, in the still point between their vivid pasts and uncertain futures, to confront a country changing or already changed beyond recognition.

In the fall of 1952, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham — nine years apart in age, yet with a kinship greater than perhaps they know — are cowboys on a New Mexico ranch encroached upon from the north, at Alamogordo, by the military. To the south, always on the horizon are the mountains of Mexico, looming over El Paso, Ciudad Juárez and all the cities of the plain.

Bound by nature to horses and cattle and range, these two discover that ranchlife domesticity is compromised, for them and the men they work with, by a geometry of loss afflicting old and young alike, those who have survived it and anyone about to try. And what draws one of them across the border again and again, what would bind "those disparate but fragile worlds," is a girl seized by ill fortune, and a love as dangerous as it is inevitable.

This story of friendship and passion is enfolded in a narrative replete with character and place and event — a blind musician, a marauding pack of dogs, curio shops and ancient petroglyphs, a precocious shoe-shine boy, trail drives from the century before, midnight on the highway — and with landforms and wildlife and horses and men, most of all men and the women they love and mourn, men and their persistence and memories and dreams.

With the terrible beauty of Cities of the Plain — with its magisterial prose, humor both wry and out-right, fierce conviction and unwavering humanity — Cormac McCarthy has completed a landmark of our literature and times, an epic that reaches from tales of the old west, the world past, into the new millennium, the world to come.

About the Author

Cormac McCarthy received the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for All the Pretty Horses.

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sdhyter, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by sdhyter)
if you have read the first two books this will be enjoyable

if not, it would still be enjoyable, just not as much

Cormac is our greatest living writer, as soon as we all understand that we can move forward
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Product Details

McCarthy, Cormac
Alfred A. Knopf
McCarthy, Cormac
New York :
Men's Adventure
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Border Trilogy (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
v. 3
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8.62x5.96x1.16 in. 1.14 lbs.

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