Winner of the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award
This first part of McCarthy's Border Trilogy tells of young John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of Texas ranchers. Across the border Mexico beckons--beautiful and desolate, rugged and cruelly civilized. With two companions, Cole sets off on an idyllic, sometimes comic adventure, to a place where dreams are paid for in blood. With sculpted prose and McCarthy's masterful vision, he has created a book that equals some of America's greatest novels. All the Pretty Horses has become a modern-day classic on both the high school and collegiate levels for its compelling epic narrative and magnificent drama about men and the human heart in conflict with itself.
"A modern-day Western full of horses and gunplay and romance, it transcends the bounds of its genre with rambunctious, high-spirited, bottomless inventiveness. All the Pretty Horses is a true American original."
"[McCarthy] puts most other American writers to shame. [His] work itself repays the tight focus of his attention with its finely wrought craftsmanship and its ferocious energy."
--The New York Times Book Review
"[All the Pretty Horses]'s elegiac rhythm captures the badlands of Texas and northern Mexico with a passion most writers either couldn't muster or wouldn't dare."
A teacher's guide for this title is available. Please click on "Teacher's Guides" above.
WINNER - National Book Awards
WINNER - National Book Critics Circle Awards
WINNER - ALA Best Books for Young Adults
Cormac McCarthy was born in Rhode Island in1933 and spent most of his childhood near Knoxville, Tennessee. He served in the U.S. Air Force and later studied at the University of Tennessee. In 1976 he moved to El Paso, Texas, where he lives today. McCarthy's fiction parallels his movement from the Southeast to the West--the first four novels being set in Tennessee, the last three in the Southwest and Mexico. The Orchard Keeper (1965) won the Faulkner Award for a first novel; it was followed by Outer Dark (1968), Child of God (1973), Suttree (1979), Blood Meridian (1985), All the Pretty Horses, which won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award for fiction in 1992, and The Crossing and Cities of the Plain, which completes The Border Trilogy.