Cormac McCarthy con Cities of the Plain (Border Trilogy)
Paperback. Pub Date :2010-8-1 Pages:. 293 This is Volume Three of the Border Trilogy In Cities of thePlain. two men marked by the boyhood adventures of All the PrettyHorses and The Crossing now stand together. between their vividpasts and uncertain futures. to confront a country changing beyondrecognition. In the fall of 1952. John Grady Cole and Billy Parhamare cowboys on a New Mexico ranch encroached upon from the north bythe military. On the southern horizon are the mountains of Mexico. where one of the men is drawn again and again. in this story offriendships and passion. to a love as dangerous as it isinevitable In a lovely and terrible landscape of natural beautyand impending loss we find John Grady;. a young cowboy of the oldschool. trusted by men and horses . and a fragile young woman. whosesalvation becomes his obsession ... McCarthy makes the sweepingplains a mirac...
On a Texan ranch, soon after the second world war, a group of solitary, inarticulately lonely men gathers to work animals as the sun sets for good on the mythic American West. All of these men nurse losses both personal (siblings or wives) and collective (a shared lifestyle and philosophy). Among them is John Grady Cole, the adolescent hero of the first book in Cormac McCarthy's Border trilogy, All the Pretty Horses. John Grady remains the magnificent horseman he always was, and he still dreams too much. On the ranch, he meets Billy Parham, whose own tragic sojourn through Mexico in The Crossing, the second book of the set, continues to quietly suffocate him. The two form a friendship that will nurture both but save neither from the destiny that McCarthy's characters always sense lurching to meet them.
Soaked in storm-heavy atmosphere but brightened by the ranchers' easy camaraderie and gentle humour, Cities of the Plain surprises with its sweetness. The awkward doomed-romance plot at the centre of this tight, concise novel fails to convince, but, remarkably, does little to undercut the book's impact. What lingers here, and what matters, are the brooding, eerie portraits of the plains and the riders, glimpsed mostly alone but occasionally leaning together, who slip across them, over the horizon and into memory. -- Glen Hirshberg
In a lovely and terrible landscape of natural beauty and impending loss we find John Grady; a young cowboy of the old school, trusted by men and horses, and a fragile young woman, whose salvation becomes his obsession . . . 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. (Express)
From the Inside Flap
In this final volume of The Border Trilogy, two men marked by the boyhood adventures of "All the Pretty Horses and "The Crossing now stand together, in the still point between their vivid pasts and uncertain futures, to confront a country changing or already changed beyond recognition.
In the fall of 1952, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham--nine years apart in age, yet with a kinship greater than perhaps they know--are cowboys on a New Mexico ranch encroached upon from the north, at Alamogordo, by the military. To the south, always on the horizon are the mountains of Mexico, looming over El Paso, Ciudad Juarez and all the cities of the plain.
Bound by nature to horses and cattle and range, these two discover that ranchlife domesticity is compromised, for them and the men they work with, by a geometry of loss afflicting old and young alike, those who have survived it and anyone about to try. And what draws one of them across the border again and again, what would bind "those disparate but fragile worlds," is a girl seized by ill fortune, and a love as dangerous as it is inevitable.
This story of friendship and passion is enfolded in a narrative replete with character and place and event--a blind musician, a marauding pack of dogs, curio shops and ancient petroglyphs, a precocious shoe-shine boy, trail drives from the century before, midnight on the highway--and with landforms and wildlife and horses and men, most of all men and the women they love and mourn, men and their persistence and memories and dreams.
With the terrible beauty of "Cities of the Plain--with its magisterial prose, humor both wry and out-right, fierce conviction and unwavering humanity--Cormac McCarthyhas completed a landmark of our literature and times, an epic that reaches from tales of the old west, the world past, into the new millennium, the world to come.