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Set in 1949, this is the story of John Grady Cole, who, at the age of sixteen, finds himself at the losing end of a long generation of ranchers. His grandfather's death has just cut him off from the only life he has ever imagined wanting. Abandoned by his parents troubles, heading over the border seems the only way out of a society moving in all of the wrong directions so, with his friend Rawlins, he rides away. Soon enough, they acquire a hapless younger companion and jobs breaking horses on a hacienda. Within months, one of the boys is dead and childhood has passed for the other two, along with an era that once uniquely defined America. This is, indisputably a timeless masterpiece.
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Part bildungsroman, part horse opera, part meditation on courage and loyalty, this beautifully crafted novel won the National Book Award in 1992. The plot is simple enough. John Grady Cole, a 16-year-old dispossessed Texan, crosses the Rio Grande into Mexico in 1949, accompanied by his pal Lacey Rawlins. The two precocious horsemen pick up a sidekick--a laughable but deadly marksman named Jimmy Blevins--encounter various adventures on their way south and finally arrive at a paradisiacal hacienda where Cole falls into an ill-fated romance. Readers familiar with McCarthy's Faulknerian prose will find the writing more restrained than in Suttree and Blood Meridian. Newcomers will be mesmerized by the tragic tale of John Grady Cole's coming of age.From the Publisher:
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Book Description Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Set in West Texas in the years following World War II. A grandfather dies, parents flounder in their own worries and desires and the boy, John Grady Cole, is cut off from the only life - ranching - he ever wanted. So, with his friend Lacy, he decides to go to Mexico. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR001328421
Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 2nd edition . 2nd Edition 1993. The dust jacket is a little shelf rubbed and minor marks. Tightly bound and presented beautifully in cellophane. The text within the book is clear. The binding is excellent. GK. Our orders are shipped using tracked courier delivery services. Seller Inventory # 6pekr
Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. 1st UK edition, 1st impression. Numberline:1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2 In an unclipped dust wrapper. Book slightly cocked. The contents are clean and tight with no marks or inscriptions. Seller Inventory # 001463
Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. First Edition. Seller Inventory # 007991
Book Description Hardcover. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 1st UK edition ( first published in US in 1992), 1st impression, unread, not price clipped, no owner's name or other inscription, D/j is somewhat grubby to front and rear but D/j has no tears or nicks and is now protected by clear removable sleeve. Seller Inventory # 02904
Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Fine in Fine, Signed ,1st Ed UK 1st Pt, in archival protection. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 992850