Cities of the Plain

Cities of the Plain

Book - 1999/07/01
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The conclusion of the Border trilogy describes the friendship of John Grady Cole and Billy Parham, two cowboys working on a New Mexico ranch in the 1950s
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1999/07/01
Edition: 1st Vintage international ed
ISBN: 9780679747192
0679747192
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCCARTHY
Characteristics: 291 p. ; 21 cm

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RogerDeBlanck Jan 31, 2018

Cities of the Plain is the third novel in McCarthy’s The Border Trilogy. It brings together the protagonists from each of the previous two volumes. John Grady Cole from All the Pretty Horses is now nineteen years old and nine years the junior of Billy Parham from The Crossing. Regardless of the disparity in their ages, the men share an inseparable friendship and a deep passion for riding horses and living off the land. They work as ranch hands for a respected landowner on his farm not far from the Mexican border. When John Grady tumbles helplessly in love with a sixteen-year-old Mexican prostitute from across the border, he provokes the ire of the girl’s pimp. John’s relentless desire to marry the girl leads him down a dangerous and fateful path. Billy’s attempts to protect his friend draw him into the violent turmoil where there is no turning back. As McCarthy does throughout volumes one and two of the trilogy, he makes the landscape and the characters who endure the rugged terrain as important an aspect of his writing as the story. The narrative stretches in many directions with keen insight about life on the ranch, but in the scenes that brim with action and tension, no writer is more adept at description and nuance than McCarthy. This is an admirable conclusion to an amazing trilogy. Anyone who wants to gain the full vision of McCarthy’s work will want to read all three volumes.

Nicr Jun 08, 2017

John Grady Cole and Billy Parham, young men now, working together in New Mexico as vaqueros. Three years after the events of All the Pretty Horses, the romantic Cole, 19 years old, has fallen in love again. Stirring and disturbing.

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stewstealth
Feb 09, 2017

Final book in the author's border trilogy which brings the protagonists from the previous books ( All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing) together in a final melancholy story. The characters are reticent of the changing times and their futures as cowboys after WW2. The author is a wordsmith with good characterizations and a fast moving plot. If you do not know Spanish then having Google's Spanish to English translator up and running is a big help. Definitely worth reading.

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skmartin1
Nov 11, 2015

I love holding a real book in my hand and reading words written on a page. I don't want to listen to my books; I want to read my books; I want to fully engage with my books. The problem I have with listening to books is that it allows me to concentrate on another activity while I listen and in doing so I lose some of the story. Please buy books, real, hold-in-the hand books for patrons.

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1aa
Sep 02, 2015

Half a star - or maybe one - for the main narrative and four and half for the epilogue. I reckon that if it weren't for the the author's name, the book would have been rejected. However, the epilogue is extraordinary: one is better off skipping the book and reading just the epilogue half a dozen times.

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BoJanglesx
May 22, 2013

Sorry to see that recent purchases(4?) by Cormack McCarthy are only available in electronic format.
Most of us - especially seniors - depend on the written word and CD format. :( :(

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Minnetonka_Library
Jul 09, 2010

Part Three of the Border Trilogy. Ties the protagonists of the first two books together.

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