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Publisher's Summary

Two men marked by the boyhood adventures of All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing now stand together to confront a country changing beyond recognition.

In the fall of 1952, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham are cowboys on a New Mexico ranch, encroached upon from the north by the military. On the southern horizon are the mountains of Mexico, where one of the men is drawn incessantly in this story of friendships and passion to a love as dangerous as it is inevitable.

©1998 Cormac McCarthy (P)1998 Recorded Books Inc

Critic Reviews

"This haunting deeply felt novel completes one of the literary masterworks of the 1990s." ( Daily Telegraph)
"McCarthy makes the sweeping plains a miracle." ( Scotsman)
"Like the Western settings he captures to perfection, his work is both heart-wrenchingly beautiful and uncompromisingly brutal." ( The Express)

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  • simon harris
  • 02-23-21

good story.

Good story tying up the trilogy nicely. Long winded philosophies were a bit tiring though

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  • Oliver Melville
  • 10-18-21

it's Mccarthy you cannot go wrong

amazing trilogy. beautifully written at one of the best to ever do it. incredible

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  • Roger J Finnigan
  • 10-04-21

America’s finest living writer

Just a wonderful trilogy. At times dense and difficult to read which makes the audio book a fine form to imbibe the narrative. Can’t recommend this enough to new readers of Cormac McCarthy

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  • jeremy hurley
  • 05-12-22

worth reading

not worth the journey, just took too long to get there ,I just couldn't accept the premise

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  • john
  • 03-17-19

Sheer joy

Prose and wit, writing as you have never experienced.
I whole heartedly recommend this book to all.

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  • Dylan Bernstein
  • 06-24-18

Corman's Epistemology Laid Bare

A great treat to listen but I wonder if this material isn't better read on the cold page. The book itself isn't his best. Yet, in the context of the others, I think it gives the clearest view into how his worlds work.

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  • Thomas
  • 03-30-19

A timeless classic

Yet again Cormac McCarthy weaves a beautiful narrative from the simple lives of these characters. "Cities of the Plain" unites the two central protagonists of "All the Pretty Horses" and "The Crossing" and tells a story of sympathy and pathos which resonates and stays with the reader. You will fall in love with Billy and John. It is saddening to leave them here. But their profound impact will remain for some time.