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Cities of the Plain By Cormac McCarthy Cities of the Plain The concluding volume of the Border trilogy 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 Am

  • Title: Cities of the Plain
  • Author: Cormac McCarthy
  • ISBN: 9780679747192
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cities of the Plain By Cormac McCarthy The concluding volume of the Border trilogy 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 It is 1952 and John Grady Cole and Billy Parham are working as ranch hands in New Mexico, not far from the proving grounds of Alamogordo and the cities of ElThe concluding volume of the Border trilogy 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 It is 1952 and John Grady Cole and Billy Parham are working as ranch hands in New Mexico, not far from the proving grounds of Alamogordo and the cities of El Paso and Juarez Their life is made up of trail drives and horse auctions and stories told by campfire light They value that life all the because they know it is about to change forever.The change comes when John Grady falls in love with a beautiful, ill starred Mexican prostitute and sets in motion a chain of events as violent as they are unstoppable Haunting in its beauty, filled with sorrow, humor, and awe, Cities of the Plain is a genuine American epic.
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    1. Jason on said:

      I met Cormac McCarthy and he transcribed our conversation about Cities of the Plain The author asked, Whad ya think about the book The last in the trilogy That s it It was alright, Jason said.What was alright Cities of the PlainWhat specifically The simple language and the economy of words and the lack of punctuation, quotations especially How you made simple things like chores seem interesting and wonderful.That s fair It s actually harder to write like that than you think.I bet.Was it better t [...]

    2. Matt on said:

      The Border Trilogy finale, the ending at least an ending.I greatly enjoyed Cities of the Plain The book was much dialogue driven than the previous two so than most McCarthy It read quite like a screenplay honestly I m surprised there s no adaptation in the works no Matt Damon please Landscape descriptions, landscape as a character itself, is toned down, replaced with scene and scenario, the near exciting humdrum of cowboy ranching life, a moribund profession and way of life Billy Parham has see [...]

    3. Chiara Pagliochini on said:

      La donna gli diede un colpetto su una mano Era tutta nodi, cicatrici lasciate dalle funi, macchie impresse dal sole e dagli anni Le vene in rilievo la legavano al cuore C era quanto bastava perch gli uomini vi scorgessero una mappa C era abbondanza di segni e meraviglie, da farne un paesaggio Da farne un mondo Sfogliare l ultima pagina, leggere le ultime righe, chiudere il libro e stringerselo forte forte contro il petto, con la stessa sensazione di quando si guarda rimpicciolire in lontananza l [...]

    4. Daniel Villines on said:

      Second Reading January 2017If All the Pretty Horses is a story about life happening without any way of stopping it, then Cities of the Plain is its perfect counterweight This is a beautiful raw earth story about forging ahead with one s dreams in spite of challenges and difficulties And only a character such as John Grady Cole, who had to accept so much of life in his first appearance in All the Pretty Horses, could have the courage and kindness necessary to push through life in this second appe [...]

    5. Teresa Proença on said:

      J conto quase duas semanas desde que terminei a leitura do ltimo volume da Trilogia da Fronteira Num primeiro momento fiquei desiludida Cheguei a pensar que n o deveria ter lido este terceiro livro, e assim guardar na mem ria o Billy e o John eternamente jovens, puros e sonhadores Mas, como creio em Cormac, duvidei de mim E reli quatro vezes o Ep logo que me lembra As Ru nas Circulares de Borges que me ajudou a encontrar um sentido para a Trilogia.1 Belos Cavalos JohnO Humano A Paix o A Realidad [...]

    6. Aprile on said:

      Solo due o tre cose, perch nulla si pu aggiungere ad una tragica poesia A fine lettura della trilogia, certo non posso dire di non essermi resa conto del continuo ricorrere del tema della ricerca di s , del proprio posto nel mondo, del cammino, ma ci che mi ha colpito per la sua gentilezza il tema dell ospitalit nei confronti del viandante e l atteggiamento di facile accettazione da parte di quest ultimo di ci che gli viene offerto, senza convenevoli De todos modos el compartir es la ley del cam [...]

    7. Chloe on said:

      This has been one hell of a winter of McCarthy for me Starting in early January I began his award winning Border Trilogy with much trepidation Having previously only read his Pulitzer winning father son dystopian nightmare, The Road, and found it severely lacking, I was curious to see if McCarthy s previous works were worthy of the acclaim in which they are held After three weeks of being immersed in one of the most bleak interpretations of humanity and exposure to tragedy that would make even t [...]

    8. Daniel Chaikin on said:

      65 Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy 1998, 292 pages within an Everyman s Library Hardcover edition of The Border Trilogy All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, Cities of the Plain, read Oct 4 18 Rating 4.5 starsJohn Grady Cole and Billy Parham finally meet up as ranch hands on an old New Mexico ranch run a old man, Johnson Johnson is going slowly senile He walks in his sleep, looks defeated and lost after the somewhat recent death of his daughter His ranch is run by his son in law, Mac, but [...]

    9. Wayne Barrett on said:

      4.5McCarthy is a master My only complaint is that he hasn t written books This is the third and final book of the Border trilogy, a gritty, down to earth tale of two friends, John Cole Grady and Billy Parham and their cowboying adventures between the States and the Mexican border This one seemed to be dialogue driven than any of the others, the characters carrying us through the story with their voice, done so well by McCarthy that a lot of backdrop description is not needed To say much about [...]

    10. Amanda on said:

      When you re a kid you have these notions about how things are goin to be, Billy said You get a little older and you pull back some on that I think you just wind up tryin to minimize the pain Anyway this country aint the same Nor anything in it The war changed everthing I dont think people even know it yet.The final chapter in McCarthy s Border Trilogy, Cities of the Plain brings together our two sumbitches, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham, cowboying on a ranch in border Texas in the 1950s In th [...]

    11. João Carlos on said:

      Cidades da Plan cie 1998 conclui a denominada Trilogia da Fronteira escrita pelo norte americano Cormac McCarthy n 1933 e iniciada com Belos Cavalos 1992 5 e A Travessia 1994 5 Cidades da Plan cie foi inicialmente escrito como um gui o cinematogr fico nos anos 80, que nenhum est dio se mostrou interessado em realizar.Devido a vicissitudes v rias Cormac McCarthy acabou por desenvolver a hist ria do fim para o in cio e com base no gui o para cinema escreve Cidades da Plan cie complementando a tril [...]

    12. Marco Tamborrino on said:

      Le storie che ci parlano pi intensamente hanno la capacit di sopraffare chi le racconta, e cancellare dalla memoria lui e le sue ragioni.La monumentalit di questo libro, unita a quella dei due precedenti, fanno della Trilogia della Frontiera un opera destinata a durare nei secoli a venire, un opera destinata ad affascinare e straziare i lettori Drammatico, questo ultimo capitolo Definitivo, ma immenso come i precedenti Unisce i due protagonisti, ma ne ricalca le evidenti differenze Ci mi ha dato [...]

    13. Jeremy on said:

      I was really surprised at just how talkative this book is It s got dialogue than anything else Mcarthy s written Which makes sense because this book evokes not just single lonely lives, but an entire, lonely lifestyle Cities of the Plain partakes easily of the typical tropes of American westerns, doomed love, the sense of loss for an increasingly marginalized and antiquated cowboy culture at odds with a modernizing west, what have you But it s much than just a thin genre piece because of the t [...]

    14. Offuscatio on said:

      Pero qu es tu vida acaso la ves Se desvanece con solo aparecer Momento a momento Hasta que se desvanece para no aparecer m s Cuando miras al mundo, existe un punto en el tiempo donde lo visto se convierte en lo recordado De qu modo se separan Es eso lo que no tenemos manera de mostrar Es eso lo que falta en nuestro mapa y en el dibujo que forma Y sin embargo no tenemos otra cosa M s que historias del viejo Oeste, la trilog a es una declaraci n magistral sobre el ser humano La punta de su l piz e [...]

    15. Lacy on said:

      If I had one complaint about this book, which is the freaking PIETA OF LITERATURE, okay, it s no, never mind I can t complain I just have to weep It s perfect Damn it s miserable.

    16. Kirk Smith on said:

      I may be rating this book a little higher than necessary, but is very good, and especially as the last of his Trilogy Series I read all three back to back, and normally I could be cowboyed out But only because Cormac is so damn good, I want horses, open range, lonely destructive adventure, Yes I want More Cormac is a poet that writes prose and the results are hearty and filling When your flesh is filleted in a knife fight, the blood fills up your boots Details I give you an example far to the [...]

    17. Dan on said:

      This book is somewhere between three and four stars It earns this rating because it is not nearly as good as All the Pretty Horses, but it s still a great book.The one major disappointment with this story was its lack of powerful, beautiful, and riveting poetic form In ATPH and Crossing, the poetry that goes into describing the scenes, people and emotions is just heartbreakingly good In this story, however, it is noticeably absent until near the end of the book.The positive he meant to write it [...]

    18. Maida on said:

      The stunning yet heartbreaking conclusion to Cormac McCarthy s Border Trilogy which, IMO, is one of the greatest trilogies ever written Parts of the prose were beyond magnificent I d rank Cities of the Plain up there with some of McCarthy s greatest work including but not limited to The Sunset Limited, The Road Blood Meridian A note of warning, however This novel is not recommended for the faint of heart 4.25 5 stars

    19. Brian on said:

      They drove on Rounding a curve with a steep bank to the right of the road there was a sudden white flare and a solid whump of a sound The truck veered, the tires squealing When they got stopped they were halfway off the road into the bar ditch.What in the hell, said Troy What in the hell.A large owl lay cruciform across the driver s windshield of the truck The laminate of the glass was belled in softly to hold him and his wings were spread wide and he lay in the concentric rings and rays of the [...]

    20. Briynne on said:

      It s probably not a secret at this point that I m a McCarthy groupie These books are just so good This third of the loosely defined Border Trilogy novels bring together John Grady Cole of All the Pretty Horses and Billy Parham of The Crossing, who are now working on the same ranch in West Texas Neither of the men s histories are mentioned in any great detail in this book, but I feel like it would be a horrible shame to read this book without understanding the back story from the previous two nov [...]

    21. Josh on said:

      Very, very, very subtle McCarthy Unlike some trilogies, this ends it all up almost perfectly It is not a read alone in my opinion do so without first broaching All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing would to be to rob yourself of the crescendo moments that feed this dialogue It needs that momentum to lift properly.In this work, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham collectively join up as protagonists in a fitting end to the trilogy making the points of societies shifts plural intended , man s place [...]

    22. Ned on said:

      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 dialogue as simple and true as a home cooked meal There are no quotations around the dialogue and the frequent use of Spanish is emblematic McCarthy, but I got used to it quickly The souls of horses and the workings of their brains is a frequent topic amongst the boys and the older men The desolate plain a [...]

    23. Malacorda on said:

      La storia si apre nel 1952, press a poco dove era rimasta alla fine del primo romanzo John Grady non ha ancora compiuto vent anni, Billy invece va verso la trentina Entrambi lavorano in un ranch a sud di Almogordo in New Mexico, nei pressi di El Paso in Texas ma anche di Ciudad Juarez in Messico, appena di l da quel confine che continua a far sentire la sua influenza per tutto il prosieguo di questa storia Queste informazioni le ho trovate su , non riponevo nessuna speranza nel fatto che McCarth [...]

    24. Jonathan on said:

      Let me set the record straight for this overrated novel, you see, McCarthy set the seeds of this novels failure because he wrote too good a novel in the first place SPOILERS AHEADWith the strength of All the Pretty Horses , I continued to read the Border Trilogy and, while The Crossing had some incredible moments especially its climactic end , Cities of the Plain does not reflect McCarthy s best at all His fabled lyricism is there in parts, but not wholly developed His moments of philosophic mus [...]

    25. Becky on said:

      I want to start off by saying that a book by Cormac McCarthy is automatically like a bazillion times better than 99% of the other books I could be reading But I didn t love this one hence the 3 stars , and here s why It didn t really surprise me or take me anywhere new, at least as far as its plot was concerned This is a novel about a cowboy John Grady Cole, of All the Pretty Horses who falls in love with a Mexican prostitute and tries to free her so he can marry her As soon as this plotline was [...]

    26. Craig on said:

      The last book in the author s Border Trilogy in which the protagonists of the first two novels have met and are now working on a ranch together a 10 years older Billy Parham and a not much older John Grady Cole Both act as a catharsis on one another, with the older, worldly and less idealic Parham trying to reign in Cole s utterly uninhibited and potentially self destructive energies From the very beginning the personalities of the characters and the texture of the book s settings leap out from [...]

    27. Nate on said:

      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 their respective Mexican ordeals are behind them and, as the opening scene shows us, the country is than anything a place to meet prostitutes Go over the border, have a good lay, be up by sunrise to work the ranch And there are others on the ranch Couldn t tell you how old they were, only that Mac was the [...]

    28. David on said:

      This a fitting end to the epic Border Trilogy It didn t end happily ever after, in fact I don t think that any of McCarthy s stories end that way, but all are true to life than we would like to admit The world and our places in it are often messy and violent All of the stories of his that I have read are salted with wisdom, here is a example from Cities of the Plain, this from a conversation between John Gray and his blind friend in a discussion about padrinos godparents , the blind friend says [...]

    29. Michael on said:

      This book brought together the theme of the whole series, and brought the events of the previous books into focus Although I d enjoyed the previous two books, this conclusion gave me a new appreciation for the whole series The Border trilogy is a meditation on the border between the United States and Mexico back in the final days of cowboys , and shows Americans struggling with survival in Mexico, and struggling with the idea of Mexico, and the idea of the U.S It s naturalistic in the sense that [...]

    30. Michael Finocchiaro on said:

      A fitting end to the Border Trilogy, Cities on the Plain seemed to me a coda to the two previous ones I expected of the vaquero style writing but understood that Cormac was moving the story forward in time and showing a brief moment of near stability in the lives of protagonists John and Billy The writing as always is incredibly sparse and beautiful like the Texas hill country if I may and the dialogs have that special liveliness that McCathy is so great at providing It is unfortunate that no o [...]

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