Cities of the plain

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Vintage International, May 25, 1999 - Fiction - 304 pages
23 Reviews
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
The writing did nothing for me. - Goodreads
A great ending to as amazing trilogy. - Goodreads
McCarthy is without question a great American writer. - Goodreads
That is solid advice. - Goodreads
This is McCarthy's way of story telling. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Nate - Goodreads

A Review Incorporating The Whole Border Trilogy w/ Spoilers Throughout. Can You Domesticate A Cowboy? Billy and John Grady have found steady work, steady lives in post-war America. The horrors of ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Ned Mozier - Goodreads

John Grady Cole and his good friend (and spiritual brother) Billy are the last of a dying breed, young cowboys hanging onto the life of a rancher in Texas. This tale is deliciously and slow, with ... Read full review

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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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