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All the Pretty Horses
CORMAC MCCARTHY

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
335 reviews (1992) (320p)
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Winner
National Book Award Winner
ALA Notable Books - Fiction Finalist

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Book Description
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.


Amazon.com Review
Part bildungsroman, part horse opera, part meditation on courage and loyalty, this beautifully crafted novel won the National Book Award in 1992. The plot is simple enough. John Grady Cole, a 16-year-old dispossessed Texan, crosses the Rio Grande into Mexico in 1949, accompanied by his pal Lacey Rawlins. The two precocious horsemen pick up a sidekick--a laughable but deadly marksman named Jimmy Blevins--encounter various adventures on their way south and finally arrive at a paradisiacal hacienda where Cole falls into an ill-fated romance. Readers familiar with McCarthy's Faulknerian prose will find the writing more restrained than in Suttree and Blood Meridian. Newcomers will be mesmerized by the tragic tale of John Grady Cole's coming of age.


Other Award Winning Books by Cormac McCarthy
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
3962 reviews (2006) (256p) (PP) (NBCCA) (TIME) (Amazon) (ALA)
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No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
541 reviews (2005) (320p) (Amazon) (ALA)
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Cormac McCarthy Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 7  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 3  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 1 The Road ·  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 1 The Road ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 1 All the Pretty Horses ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 2 All the Pretty Horses · The Road ·  
National Book Award Wins 1 All the Pretty Horses ·  
National Book Award Nominations 1 All the Pretty Horses ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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