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All the Pretty Horses

All the Pretty Horses

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All the Pretty Horses

by Cormac McCarthy

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White boards with silver writing on spine; top and bottom of book spine has slight rumpling. Top edge of front and back board has slight dings; side of front board has slight ding. Very small mark on front dust jacket near dust jacket flap fold; slight shelf wear on top and bottom of dust jacket spine. Cover price of £14.99 on front dust jacket flap; tight binding and pages still look in excellent condition.

Picador First Edition; First Printing as indicated by complete number line ending in "1" on copyright page.

Very rare UK first printing of McCarthy's first volume in his famous Border Trilogy and winner of the National Book Award. Hardcover and original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Mylar cover.


Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist and playwright. He has also written plays and screenplays. This novel, All The Pretty Horses , won the National Book Award in 1992. The story reads like a Western novel, but is set in 1949 and revolves around the life of a 16-year old Texan named John Grady Cole. After his parent’s marriage ends, he finds himself at the end of a long line of ranchers, without a family ranch to work. So he sets out for Mexico on horseback with two companions. By turns both comic and tragic, the elaborate character development and McCarthy’s superb descriptive style make this book a rare treat. All the Pretty Horses is the first volume in the Border Trilogy . The other two volumes are The Crossing and Cities of the Plain .

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On Feb 15 2021, a reader said:
I love this book. The story is gripping and evokes all kinds of emotions. The chacters are so well developed you feel like you know them personally. Descriptions of the land they travel through bring to mind the dry and breathless heat of the desert. The action scenes come to life before your mind's eye. It is superb.
On May 18 2011, For2itous said:
McCarthy does have a vivid descriptive style but the plot is predictable. Where did he get the title? Got so tired of the characters lighting up a cigaret.Don't quite understand why it got the National Book Award.
On Jul 7 2007, Fict said:
A great book, but not McCarthy's best, by a long shot.

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All the Pretty Horses
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February 12, 1993
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