All the Pretty Horses, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


'A uniquely brilliant book ...told in language as subtly beautiful as its desert setting.

One of the most important pieces of American writing of our time' Stephen Amidon, Sunday Times John Grady Cole is the last bewildered survivor of long generations of Texas ranchers.

Finding himself cut off from the only life he has ever wanted, he sets out for Mexico with his friend Lacey Rawlins.

Befriending a third boy on the way, they find a country beyond their imagining: barren and beautiful, rugged yet cruelly civilized; a place where dreams are paid for in blood.

All the Pretty Horses is an acknowledged masterpiece and a grand love story: a novel about childhood passing, along with innocence and a vanished American age.

Steeped in the wisdom that comes only from loss, it is a magnificent parable of responsibility, revenge and survival. 'A darkly shining work ...executed with consummate skill and much subtlety -- the effect is magnificent' John Banville, Observer 'An exhilarating, exceptional novel' Spectator 'In a single stride it takes McCarthy to the forefront of contemporary American fiction.

All the Pretty Horses is indisputably a masterpiece' Financial Times


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Stunning prose calling for an attentive reading. Nothing is told, all shown.

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All the Pretty Horses is a pure Western with a melancholy, dreamlike quality to the prose. It’s peculiar; because of the narrative style (no quotation marks around dialogue, Spanish interspersed with English, and long run-on sentences) I sometimes felt that I wasn’t following along very well, but having finished the book my memories of it are quite vivid. The landscape was described in particularly great detail and will appeal to anyone with a love of the Wild West. Plot-wise, a young (but highly talented) cowboy discovers that he won’t be inheriting his father’s ranch as he had thought, and so he and a friend ride south to Mexico. There are horses, gunfights, forbidden love, corrupt sheriffs, and basically everything required for the genre. It’s a lovely book, if a little heavy on the harsh realities of life…

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a wonderful wonderful book and absolutely worthy of its accolades

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