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De si jolis chevaux (1992)

par Cormac McCarthy

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The national bestseller and the first volume in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy, All the Pretty Horses is the tale of John Grady Cole, who at sixteen finds himself at the end of a long line of Texas ranchers, cut off from the only life he has ever imagined for himself.  With two companions, he sets off for Mexico on a sometimes idyllic, sometimes comic journey to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.  Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction.… (plus d'informations)
Récemment ajouté parbibliothèque privée, Mace2Space, HolliPete, adrianburke, ChristineLeusch
Bibliothèques historiquesTerence Kemp McKenna, David Foster Wallace
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    Rue de la sardine par John Steinbeck (mabith)
    mabith: McCarthy's border trilogy reminded me so heavily of Steinbeck. I think if you enjoy one author you'll enjoy the other as well.
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    Méridien de sang par Cormac McCarthy (sturlington)
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    Butcher's Crossing par John Williams (thatguyzero)
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    L'aveuglement par José Saramago (Rob.Larson)
    Rob.Larson: Much different from anything else, but his writing reminds me of McCarty's style.
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    La dernière séance par Larry McMurtry (sturlington)
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    Les pieds dans la boue par Annie Proulx (chrisharpe)
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    Retour à Sweetboro par Jeffrey Lent (jhowell)
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    Le voyage de Robey Childs par Robert Olmstead (TheRavenking)
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    Griffintown (french version) par Marie Hélène Poitras (Serviette)
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All the Pretty Horses opens with the death of John Grady Cole’s grandfather on his family’s ranch in San Angelo, Texas, in 1949. His parents are divorced. His mother owns the ranch and is selling it. Feeling a sense of loss, sixteen-year-old John Grady convinces his friend, Lacey Rawlins, to accompany him to Mexico to continue the ranching life. This novel is both a coming-of-age story and a quest of personal discovery. Two naïve young men travel on horseback into the desert wilderness of western Texas and northern Mexico. They encounter a runaway and find work. John Grady meets a young woman and interacts with her family members. They experience life in both its decency and violent ugliness, while maturing and learning hard lessons in the process. Themes include destiny, loyalty, integrity, friendship, freedom, courage, and powerlessness in the face of injustice.

John Grady is a likeable protagonist bordering on heroic. He operates from an internal code of honor and is a natural leader. He has a natural affinity with horses, and the writing contains moving descriptions of the bonds between humans and these intelligent animals. There are numerous references to the specific terminology of horsemanship. Horses become one of many recurring images throughout the novel. For example, “The horse had a good natural gait and as he rode he talked to it and told it things about the world that were true in his experience and he told it things he thought could be true to see how they would sound if they were said. He told the horse why he liked it and why he’d chosen it to be his horse and he said that he would allow no harm to come to it.”

The writing style is mostly spare but interspersed with lengthy stream-of-consciousness descriptions. The harsh beauty of the land is an essential component of the trials the characters must surmount. Dialogue is generally brief and direct. McCarthy does not employ apostrophes or quotation marks, and forms compound words out of those normally separated. He liberally inserts untranslated Spanish phrases, keeping with the bilingual nature of the protagonist and life along the U.S.-Mexican border. The story is told in four parts with no chapter breaks. The first three sections flow naturally. The fourth section interrupts this flow with several lengthy expository passages. The tone often veers toward the bleak and pessimistic, particularly regarding the exploration of fate, chance, and free will in life. The various characters express different perspectives about life, some hopeful, some deterministic. It is mostly character-based but interwoven with rapid action segments. The relationship between John Grady and the young woman that drives a good portion of the story could have been more fully developed.

McCarthy creates a particularly memorable character in John Grady. He encounters brutality, injustice, chaos, and emerges on the other side a changed person, stronger, wiser and aware of his own potential for violent action. McCarthy explores the enduring questions of personal identity each person must confront and provides many opportunities for introspection. Recommended to readers who appreciate “westerns” with philosophical overtones. ( )
  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
--I just can't stand stories that involve horses. Westerns, knights in shining armor. Whatever it is, it bores me to death.
--Really? Haven't you read any Cormac McCarthy yet?
--No...
A few years later, he reads "All the Pretty Horses":
--Yee-haw! ( )
  Nevoriot | Sep 19, 2022 |
Okay so not as bleak as the road. But it still left me feeling melancholy. It took me 4 or 5 tries over about that many weeks to actually get in to this. Once I did though it moved really fast. No quotation marks and very little indication of who was speaking was the problem I think. Once I got used to that it went easier though.

This was one of those 16 year old that was born mature. I didn't think he was written as too mature as some people did. I think that ranch kids have a lot more responsibility early and especially 70 years ago so he would be pretty self confident and knowledgeable.

The strength of this book was the descriptive writing style. The word pictures were beautiful. This book didn't just tell you what happened in the plot nor was it all the characters rolling around in their thoughts. The imagery and sense of time and place were the important elements. And as a horse person I loved the horse elements. For example I was worried at the end that he would have to leave Redbo in Mexico but he didn't. It's not enough for a horse person to have a horse, it has to be their horse. The horses in this book were really characters in their own right. Not just singly but also horses as a whole. ( )
  Luziadovalongo | Jul 14, 2022 |
Loved this book. Such a beautiful descriptions of the landscape and wonderful story. ( )
  Kate.Koeze | Apr 15, 2022 |
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You can’t just nip at darkness, so when you read this book, from page one you feel a threat following you, some animistic urging that keeps you going by the way McCarthy manipulates your demonic love of the sounds of speech.
 
All the Pretty Horses may indicate McCarthy's desire to come in out of the cold of those Tennessee mountain winters, but his imagination is at its best there with Arthur Ownby or with the monstrous Judge of Blood Meridian drowning dogs. He is best with what nature gives or imposes, rather than with the observations of culture.
ajouté par Shortride | modifierThe New York Review of Books, Denis Donoghue (payer le site) (Jun 24, 1993)
 
Just as jazz is the archetypal American music, so is the Western the truly original genre of American literature. The West --- particularly for those of us who grew up on a video diet of television shows such as "Gunsmoke," "Cheyenne," and "The Rifleman," and the literary feast of the classic novels of Zane Gray and Louis L' Amour --- is evocative of a time of rough nobility, where it seemed as if each breath brought a new confrontation of Good vs. Evil. The reality was, of course, something quite different, an existential setting where life and death did strange dances in the sunset and actions occurred with a randomness and happenstance that took no notice of pureness of heart or motive and often rendered foresight useless.

This reality is presented with an indescribable elegance in ALL THE PRETTY HORSES, the first volume of Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy. The volumes that comprise The Border Trilogy --- ALL THE PRETTY HORSES, THE CROSSING, and CITIES OF THE PLAIN --- each stand quite well independently, though they are best read together and in order. But it is ALL THE PRETTY HORSES that is, in many ways, the superior volume to its brothers in the trilogy and quite possibly to any other work written by an American writer in the 20th Century.

McCarthy's landscape is the southwest of Texas and Mexico between the two world wars, a time of uneasy transition, when horses and motor vehicles share the road and cattle ranches and cowboys are fading from the landscape. John Grady Cole, a 16-year-old with a love for horses and a knowledge of them far beyond his years, senses on some level that the way of life he loves --- horses and cattle ranching --- is soon to come to an end. He and his best friend Lacey Rawlins run away to Mexico in search of unnamed fulfillment other than the promise of adventure. Their meeting with the enigmatic Jimmy Blevins is a pivotal event that leads Cole into a series of bittersweet and violent encounters in a land where the rules are unknown and constantly changing. When Cole and Rawlins separate from Blevins and obtain employment on a Mexican cattle ranch, it appears that they have achieved their idyllic dream. Their brief association with Blevins, however, collides with Cole's affair with Alejandra, the beautiful and willful daughter of the owner of the ranch. Cole and Blevins soon find themselves in a situation where neither hope nor mercy exist.

McCarthy's main theme in ALL THE PRETTY HORSES is conflict --- man vs. woman, freedom vs. authority, rich vs. poor --- viewed through a clear glass with unblinking, unwavering vision and described with a poetic voice possibly unequaled in all of American fiction. Although the violence in ALL THE PRETTY HORSES is sudden and uncompromising, it is never gratuitous. It is also balanced and contrasted by McCarthy's description of the blossoming and fulfillment of the romance between the star-crossed Alejandra and Cole, a description that leaves the reader hoping that it will succeed even as it is known, almost from their first encounter, that any relationship between them is predestined to fail.

Ultimately, however, what is most significant about ALL THE PRETTY HORSES is that McCarthy has transcended the constraints of literature and fashioned a work that functions on an aural and visual level as well as a literary one. It is on that basis that it is possibly the penultimate American work of art of its era. One cannot come away from reading ALL THE PRETTY HORSES without wondering if, at the end of time and all that is, one of the last sounds to be heard will be the turning of the final page of this wonderful, incredible novel.
 
The magnetic attraction of Mr. McCarthy's fiction comes first from the extraordinary quality of his prose; difficult as it may sometimes be, it is also overwhelmingly seductive. Powered by long, tumbling many-stranded sentences, his descriptive style is elaborate and elevated, but also used effectively to frame realistic dialogue, for which his ear is deadly accurate.
 
Situada en 1949, en las tierras fronterizas entre Texas y México, la historia se centra en el personaje de John Grady Cole, un muchacho de dieciséis años, hijo de padres separados que tras la muerte de su abuelo decide huir a México en compañía de su amigo Lacey para encontrarse con un mundo marcado por la dureza y la violencia. Una novela de aprendizaje con resonancias épicas que inaugura un paisaje moral y físico que nos remite a la última epopeya de nuestro tiempo. Un estilo seco para una historia de emociones fuertes, ásperas, primigenias.
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There were storms to the south and masses of clouds that moved slowly along the horizon with their long dark tendrils trailing in the rain. That night they camped on a ledge of rock above the plains and watched the lightning all along the horizon provoke from the seamless dark the distant mountain ranges again and again. (p. 93 of original ed.)
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The national bestseller and the first volume in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy, All the Pretty Horses is the tale of John Grady Cole, who at sixteen finds himself at the end of a long line of Texas ranchers, cut off from the only life he has ever imagined for himself.  With two companions, he sets off for Mexico on a sometimes idyllic, sometimes comic journey to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.  Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction.

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