Title: All The Pretty Horses
Series: Border Trilogy #1
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Release Date: June 1992
Sixteen year old John Grady decides to leave his home in Texas and go to Mexico. He leaves with his friend Lacey Rawlins. As they travel and collect a third person, Jimmy Blevins, they find that the world gives more downs than up on the rollercoaster of life.
I had not read any of Cormac McCarthy’s books. I think this is a good one to start with because I thought it sometimes reminiscent of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn stories. The only difference was a little more violent, dark and some sex mentioned. From what I read of other reviews this book is fairly “happy” compared to McCarthy’s other works.
The first things that bothered me about the book was no quotations when people spoke and also quite a bit of Spanish that does not get translated in the book. The Spanish really bothered me because I did not feel like grabbing a Spanish dictionary and looking up every other sentence.
So even with the book’s negative traits I still found it refreshing different from what I normally read. I don’t know if I would read the rest of the series though.