Cities of the plain

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Vintage International, May 25, 1999 - Fiction - 304 pages
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In this magnificent new novel, the National Book Award-winning author of All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing fashions a darkly beautiful elegy for the American frontier.

The setting is New Mexico in 1952, where John Grady Cole and Billy Parham are working as ranch hands. To the North lie the proving grounds of Alamogordo; to the South, the twin cities of El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. Their life is made up of trail drives and horse auctions and stories told by campfire light. It is a life that is about to change forever, and John Grady and Billy both know it.

The catalyst for that change appears in the form of a beautiful, ill-starred Mexican prostitute.When John Grady falls in love, Billy agrees--against his better judgment--to help him rescue the girl from her suavely brutal pimp. The ensuing events resonate with the violence and inevitability of classic tragedy. Hauntingly beautiful, filled with sorrow, humor and awe, Cities of the Plain is a genuine American epic.

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Superb, evocative writing. - Goodreads
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Review: Cities of the Plain (The Border Trilogy #3)

User Review  - Juergen John Roscher - Goodreads

Cities of the Plain is the 3rd book in Cormac McCarthy's The Border Trilogy. I enjoyed listening to the first two books in the series so I went to the public library to see if the 3rd book was ... Read full review

Review: Cities of the Plain (The Border Trilogy #3)

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Cities of the Plain was a noticeable improvement over The Crossing, and probably over All The Pretty Horses, too in that it was enjoyable, rather than a chore. It has a clearer plot structure, and ... Read full review

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1999)

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

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