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All the Pretty Horses | ReadingGroupGuides

All the Pretty Horses | ReadingGroupGuides | Cormac McCarthy's All The Pretty Horses | Scoop.it
At once a Western, a picaresque adventure, and a coming-of-age novel, suspenseful, wryly funny, and elegiac, All the Pretty Horses is the story of John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of west Texas ranchers. Upon his grandfather's death and his parents' divorce, the sixteen-year-old Cole finds himself landless, penniless, and possessed of skills that mean nothing in a country transformed by highways and a world war, where cowboys are as doomed and marginal as the Indians they once displaced. With his friend Lacey Rawlins, John Grady sets off for Mexico. They have no idea what they will find there: on their map, the area south of the Rio Grande is blank. They have between them two horses, a rifle, and their bedrolls. The year is 1949.
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The discussion questions offer some interesting starting points for dissecting the text and offer up some aspects that are easily overlooked.

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Victorian English Teachers' Association guide to ATPH

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Victorian English Teachers' Association guide. Highly recommended. We will be using some elements of this in class and these are typically some of the best insights into texts.

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Cormac McCarthy's Paradox of Choice: One Writer, Ten Novels, and a Career-Long Obsession

Cormac McCarthy's Paradox of Choice: One Writer, Ten Novels, and a Career-Long Obsession | Cormac McCarthy's All The Pretty Horses | Scoop.it
From the very beginning, McCarthy has been an author fascinated by the give-and-take between modern-day humans and the multiple systems they are exposed to in day-to-day life. These systems react potently with McCarthy's other great novelistic concern: the alienated individual and his ultimate
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Lengthy piece with an interesting look (near bottom of page) about The Border Trilogy as a whole and some of the thematic aspects McCarthy is trying to cover.

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All the Pretty Horses | ReadingGroupGuides.com

All the Pretty Horses | ReadingGroupGuides.com | Cormac McCarthy's All The Pretty Horses | Scoop.it
At once a Western, a picaresque adventure, and a coming-of-age novel, suspenseful, wryly funny, and elegiac, All the Pretty Horses is the story of John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of west Texas ranchers. Upon his grandfather's death and his parents' divorce, the sixteen-year-old Cole finds himself landless, penniless, and possessed of skills that mean nothing in a country transformed by highways and a world war, where cowboys are as doomed and marginal as the Indians they once displaced. With his friend Lacey Rawlins, John Grady sets off for Mexico. They have no idea what they will find there: on their map, the area south of the Rio Grande is blank. They have between them two horses, a rifle, and their bedrolls. The year is 1949.
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Brief summary of and insight into the text; best used for comparison once your own ideas are firmly established to see if you agree with this writer's opinions.

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Harold Bloom on the visionary in Cormac Mccarthy's blood meridian and all the pretty horses

They rode out on the north road as would parties bound for El Paso but before they were even quite out of sight of the city they had turned their tragic mounts to the west and they rode infatuate a...
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It's Harold Bloom.

Harold Bloom.

Big H.

Arguably the most influential/renowned/respected/authoritative literary critic in the world until his relatively recent death. Basically codified the idea of the Western Literary Canon. This is the man you will hear a lot about at university if you do Lit. No time like the present to see what he has to say.

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When the mystery is that there is no mystery: 'All the Pretty Horses' - Scott Bradfield on Cormac McCarthy and his wide-screen parables of the ...

When the mystery is that there is no mystery: 'All the Pretty Horses' - Scott Bradfield on Cormac McCarthy and his wide-screen parables of the ... | Cormac McCarthy's All The Pretty Horses | Scoop.it
CORMAC McCARTHY'S formidable prose is indebted to the Old Testament. His landscapes are wide, blazing and biblical with conflagrations. His characters are not thick, psychologically resonant creations, but are subordinate to the breadth and muscle of the world that surrounds them. In the Old Testament, of course, the surrounding world belongs to God. But in McCarthy's novels, it is nature - nasty, brutish and short. 'I always figured they was a God,' mutters one of Suttree's Knoxville disreputables.
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I strongly suggest that you read this review. That is all.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Cormac McCarthy

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Today is Cormac McCarthy’s 80th birthday, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to get to know more about a man whose work I have not yet read. We have connections.

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Cormac McCarthy | Great American Things

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Most writers would love to have just one book recognized as being among the best novels of its time. Cormac McCarthy has four. Blood Meridian (1985) made Time's list of the best 100 English-language books published ...
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Calexico - All The Pretty Horses + Lyrics

from their album Aerocalexico (2001) Lyrics: Hush-a-bye, don't you cry go to sleep you little baby when you wake, you shall have cake and all the pretty litt...
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Nothing to do with the book per se but they are a good band, that is the name of their song, and they do produce music from the very same Border region that the novel is set in. Good for atmospherics.

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The Rhetoric of the American Western Myth

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Sure it's long, and sure, the font is small, but this is a really useful source for understanding the context of the Western genre, and how McCarthy's work interacts with, perpetuates or departs from it.

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McCarthy Biographic details from the Literary Encyclopaedia

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Bibliographical information about Cormac McCarthy 

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From The New York Times: The Man Who Understood Horses

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Book review of ATPH from the NYT.

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Review of "No Country for Old Men" from The New Yorker

Review of "No Country for Old Men" from The New Yorker | Cormac McCarthy's All The Pretty Horses | Scoop.it
Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925
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Not principally about Horses, but numerous insights into some of McCarthy's favourite concepts and language. Worth a read before rereading Horses.

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All the Pretty Horses - as reviewed by "Tomcat"

All the Pretty Horses - as reviewed by "Tomcat" | Cormac McCarthy's All The Pretty Horses | Scoop.it
As I approached the half-way point of All the Pretty Horses, I started to think about how I would review this book.  I decided to begin by describing Cormac McCarthy as a ‘punctuation minimalist’ b...
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Blog review of ATPH. Usually I would ignore such sources, but "Tomcat" makes one or two interesting observations about McCarthy's language use, and invokes the phrase "Southern Gothic", so is worth the five minutes it will take you to read it.

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All The Pretty Horses Literary Blog

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by Cormac McCarthy
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Lengthy blog but with a range of literate contributors. Definitely worth a scan through to cherry-pick insights from this series of shorts contributions.

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Semicolons and Exclamation Points’ New Enemy in Punctuation Wars: Cormac McCarthy

Semicolons and Exclamation Points’ New Enemy in Punctuation Wars: Cormac McCarthy | Cormac McCarthy's All The Pretty Horses | Scoop.it

The relatively-elusive novelist Cormac McCarthy has deviated from his job as novelist from time to time, and whenever he does—whether a rare appearance for press duties on his book, or a project that isn’t a novel—it usually makes a fuss. This one’s no exception. Cormac McCarthy, copy-editor, has emerged, and with him are some strong ideas about punctuation.

The Oprah-approved author of harrowing, sparse-prose mastery such as The Road, No Country for Old Men, and Blood Meridian has taken on a special project in editing the paperback version of last year’s well-received biography of famed scientist Richard Feynman, Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science.


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The Crossing, The Counselor and the Timely Death of Cormac McCarthy

The Crossing, The Counselor and the Timely Death of Cormac McCarthy | Cormac McCarthy's All The Pretty Horses | Scoop.it
"The world in which you seek to undo the mistakes that you make, is different from the world where the mistakes were made. You're now at the crossing. And you want to choose, but there is no choosi...
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All the Pretty Horses (2000) trailer

All the Pretty Horses (2000) trailer.
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If you must, but not recommended as anything other than a diversion.

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