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- ISBN: 0679747192
291 p. : 21 cm.
- Edition: 1st Vintage International ed.
- Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1999, c1998.
|General Note:||"Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York, in 1998"--T.p. verso.
"July 1999"--T.p. verso.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 April 1998
Some critic has said that the novels that form McCarthy's Border Trilogy are just cowboy stories, westerns; but, then, some could say Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude is just historical fiction. One thing is certain: the Border Trilogy is not formulaic fiction. Cities is the last in the trilogy, preceded by All the Pretty Horses (1992) and The Crossing (1994). In Cities, McCarthy sets out the stories that finalize the country's break with the past, with those traditions that gave life purpose and direction, and the major characters attempt to resolve issues still vital to their intensely lived lives. John Grady Cole, whose entanglement with fate began in Pretty Horses, is not quite sure of his manhood and still mystified by his parents' disengagement. Billy Parham, who in The Crossing rode into Mexico with his brother, Boyd, to settle a score and claim some horses and rode out alone, is a drifter on the plain. In the fall of 1952, the two work together on a New Mexico ranch, where life has a rhythm and is gratifying despite the threat of a takeover by the U.S. military. Threat aside, the steady transformation of society supplies the pressure that sends the men repeatedly across the Mexican border in their leisure time. This book has the kind of rugged protagonists men will identify with; for women, it sparkles and fairly shimmers with the kind of man's talk that women find amusing. In an epilogue, McCarthy quests after the elusive meaning of life, tearing off a page from Beckett's Waiting for Godot. It's definitely not a cowboy story. ((Reviewed April 15, 1998)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews
Cormac McCarthy received the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for All the Pretty Horses.
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