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The Border Trilogy: All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, and Cities of the Plain

McCarthy, Cormac

ISBN 10: 0394574745 / ISBN 13: 9780394574745
Published by Knopf, New York, 1992
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Sold as a set, all three books of The Border Trilogy, as follows: All the Pretty Horses, First Edition, first printing, second issue DJ with green "A" as first letter on front flyleaf. (A variant without the green color was printed simultaneously and that is considered the first state, but the decision was an arbitrary one as far as I can determine and there is technically no difference in the two variants). Fine/Fine. "The Crossing" and "Cities of the Plain" are also first editions, first printings, also F/F. The lone imperfection in "The Crossing" is the previous owner's last name in ink at the top of the ffep. Knopf, 1992, 1994 and 1998., 1998. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. DJ Fine. Publisher's black cloth, lettered in gilt. McCarthy won the National Book Award in 1992 for "All the Pretty Horses." An excellent set, all in Fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 150443

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Title: The Border Trilogy: All the Pretty Horses, ...

Publisher: Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Now a major motion picture from Columbia Pictures starring Matt Damon, produced by Mike Nichols, and directed by Billy Bob Thornton.

The national bestseller and the first volume in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy, All the Pretty Horses is the tale of John Grady Cole, who at sixteen finds himself at the end of a long line of Texas ranchers, cut off from the only life he has ever imagined for himself.  With two companions, he sets off for Mexico on a sometimes idyllic, sometimes comic journey to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.  Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction.
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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.

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