Cities of the Plain

Cities of the Plain

Book - 1998
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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 Ju#65533;rez 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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1998
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780679423904
0679423907
Branch Call Number: FIC/MCC 4565fi 2

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Nicr Jun 08, 2017

John Grady Cole and Billy Parham, young men now, working together in New Mexico as vaqueros. Three years after the events of All the Pretty Horses, the romantic Cole, 19 years old, has fallen in love again. Stirring and disturbing.

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stewstealth
Feb 09, 2017

Final book in the author's border trilogy which brings the protagonists from the previous books ( All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing) together in a final melancholy story. The characters are reticent of the changing times and their futures as cowboys after WW2. The author is a wordsmith with good characterizations and a fast moving plot. If you do not know Spanish then having Google's Spanish to English translator up and running is a big help. Definitely worth reading.

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skmartin1
Nov 11, 2015

I love holding a real book in my hand and reading words written on a page. I don't want to listen to my books; I want to read my books; I want to fully engage with my books. The problem I have with listening to books is that it allows me to concentrate on another activity while I listen and in doing so I lose some of the story. Please buy books, real, hold-in-the hand books for patrons.

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1aa
Sep 02, 2015

Half a star - or maybe one - for the main narrative and four and half for the epilogue. I reckon that if it weren't for the the author's name, the book would have been rejected. However, the epilogue is extraordinary: one is better off skipping the book and reading just the epilogue half a dozen times.

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BoJanglesx
May 22, 2013

Sorry to see that recent purchases(4?) by Cormack McCarthy are only available in electronic format.
Most of us - especially seniors - depend on the written word and CD format. :( :(

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Minnetonka_Library
Jul 09, 2010

Part Three of the Border Trilogy. Ties the protagonists of the first two books together.

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