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His story is told in a style often restrained and simple, embedded with lyrical passages that echo his dreams and memory. With no apparent future in Texas, and sensing the threat of the new era to the traditional life he values, John Grady urges his old friend Rawlins to accompany him to Mexico.
There, John Grady will find that his innocence, or ignorance, will ultimately lead him close to destruction. Before reaching the border they meet Jimmy Blevins, a dangerous young boy on a magnificent horse. Even though Cole and Rawlins do not trust Blevins and are sure his horse is stolen, they allow him to join them despite their doubts.
As they ride into Mexico, they realize that they are no longer in a world that they can understand. As they talk with the vaqueros about the possibility of employment, John Grady sees a beautiful girl on a black horse, Alejandra, the daughter of hacendado Don Hector Rocha y Villareal.
The heir of an aristocratic family, Don Hector is avidly interested in breeding wild mountain horses with his own stock, so John Grady and Rawlins join the vaqueros; John Grady amazes everyone with his ability to break the wild horses quickly and gently.
But Alejandra comes to him one night and they become lovers.
A few days later John Grady and Rawlins are arrested and taken to a jail in Encantada, where Blevins is already imprisoned for the murder of three men. While the three Americans are transported to the state prison at Saltillo, Blevins is taken from the group and shot.
At the prison, they are questioned and beaten, and Rawlins is injured seriously.
John Grady, attacked by another prisoner, whom he must kill, learns that evil exists not only in the world but in himself. When he and Rawlins are suddenly released as mysteriously as they were arrested, Rawlins returns to Texas.
Once again Duena Alfonsa makes clear to him the impossibility of the match. She tells her own story of the power of ignorance and evil her love for a man who was killed by a mob after helping depose the dictator Diaz and of her determination to protect Alejandra.
Although John Grady does meet Alejandra one last time at a hotel in Zacatecas, it is only as a farewell: John Grady captures both the horse and the brutal police captain who shot Blevins, and heads homeward.
En route, the captain is seized by brigands with a score to settle with him, and John Grady finally returns to Texas. He finds even less there than before: He rides on with the stolen horse, seeking to restore it to its rightful owner.
John Grady has learned, but not yet enough; he has left home and returned a changed man, but there is no home to receive him.All the Pretty Horses: Book 1 of The Border Trilogy - Kindle edition by Cormac McCarthy. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading All the Pretty Horses: Book 1 of The Border Trilogy. All the Pretty Horses is clearly McCarthy's love song to the horse, with the other two novels complementing.
If you are a cowboy, these three books are the best thing ever written for and about you. In all of this is the intimidating wonder of McCarthy's magnificent writing, his beautiful, attentive descriptions and perfect depiction of movement and action/5().
All the Pretty Horses: Book 1 of The Border Trilogy - Kindle edition by Cormac McCarthy. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading All the Pretty Horses: Book 1 of The Border leslutinsduphoenix.coms: May 11, · All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1), Cormac McCarthy All the Pretty Horses is a novel by American author Cormac McCarthy published by Alfred A.
Knopf in Its romanticism (in contrast to the bleakness of McCarthy's earlier work) brought the writer much public attention.4/5. Slow Horses is Herron’s first book in the Slough House series, recently re-released in conjunction with the release of book 4, Spook Street.
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.