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Cities of the Plain (Border Trilogy Book 3) (English Edition)
 
 

Cities of the Plain (Border Trilogy Book 3) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Cormac McCarthy
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"They stood in the doorway and stomped the rain from their boots and swung their hats and wiped the water from their faces. Out in the streets the rain slashed through the standing water driving the gaudy red and green colors of the neon signs to wander and seethe..." Thus begins Brad Pitt's throaty, near whispered telling of Cormac McCarthy's Cities of the Plain, the final installment of the Border Trilogy, which includes All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing. Pitt captures the essence of young John Grady, a pensive cowboy and brilliant horseman working a ranch in southeastern Texas in the early 1950s. Pitt glides smoothly from one character to another with subtle changes in voice and accent (although you'd never peg him as a fluent Spanish speaker); his performance gives enough to understand the differences in personality without ever becoming cute or obnoxious.

On the ranch, John Grady joins up with Billy Parham, and the two form an abiding friendship. Though Parham is much more a realist, he finds himself drawn further into Grady's dreams, namely a beautiful teenaged Mexican whore whom John Grady is determined to release from bondage and to marry. Through physical injuries, personal trauma, and many dangerous trips across the Mexican border, the two young men struggle to do what they think will make things right. A full cast of cowboys, landowners, barkeeps, pimps, and desperate whores set the stage for the final curtain call on the American West. (running time 3 hours, 2 cassettes) --Colleen Preston

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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


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 602 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 305 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0679423907
  • Verlag: Picador (10. Dezember 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0330390163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330390163
  • ASIN: B004FV4T52
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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Cormac McCarthy wurde 1933 in Rhodes Island geboren und wuchs in Knoxville/Tennessee, auf. Für seine Bücher wurde er u. a. mit dem William Faulkner Award, dem American Academy Award, dem National Book Award und dem National Book Crities Circle Award ausgezeichnet. 2007 erhielt er für seinen epochalen Roman Die Straße den Pulitzerpreis. McCarthy lebt heute in El Paso, Texas. "Kein Land für alte Männer" wurde von den Coen-Brüdern fürs Kino verfilmt.

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Review (overheard) on the Plains of New Mexico 21. Juni 1998
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Cowboy 1: Hey, Bud, did you read that new book by Cormac? Cowboy 2: I might of looked at it. 1: Care to opine? 2: Well, I've read better. 1: You can say that again. 2: John Grady deserved better'n that. 1: I don't know if him or the dog was better off. 2: And how bout that epilogue! 1: I know, what you're sayin', Bud. I mean I gotta blow my nose in the morning, but I don't share it with strangers I meet. 2: I guess ol Cormac thought predictable and windblown was the way to go on that one.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Inconclusively bum finale 11. April 2000
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I'd read the first twobooks and was anxiously awaiting the publication of this lastinstallment in the Border Trilogy... the first thing I noticed was theodd choice of title: "Cities of the Plain" was for years and years the favorite title for English translations of Proust's "Sodom et Gomorrah" colume of "Remembrance of Things Past" -- something not likely to have passed McCarthy by (i.e., as a writer, unless I was Kathy Acker and feeling particularly postmodern, I can't imagine naming one of my novels "The Tin Drum", irregardless of the fact that "Die Blechtrommel" was the title Gunter Grass gave it in German) -- if you don't get the Biblical allusion, the title must seem fairly straightforward: cities, Great Plains, cowhands, etc. But the reference to Sodom and Gomorrah seems so utterly off: Billy Parham as Lot, and John Grady as Lot's wife, turned to a pillar of sand? El Paso as Sodom, and Juarez as Gomorrah? And so on, nothing really matching. The metaphor's too vague...
Grady -- and to a lesser extent, Parham -- seem to use their dreams, their unspoken fantasies, to project the world they live in only a precarious step or two ahead of where they're already at. It rarely reflects their surroundings more than haphazardly, gets them into all sorts of trouble, and is resolved for Grady in tragedy, vengeance, and death, and for Parham in perhaps the most oblique of all the sinister Mexican parables with which McCarthy has so generously salted and peppered the whole trilogy.
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("The scorching memoirs of young man-about-town Jack Saul. With his shocking dalliances with the lords and ladies of British high society, Jack's positively sinful escapades grow wilder with every chapter!" -- amazon.com synopsis of James Jennings' "Sins of the Cities of the Plain")
I'd read the first two books and was anxiously awaiting the publication of this last installment in the Border Trilogy... the first thing I noticed was the odd choice of title: "Cities of the Plain" was for years and years the favorite title for English translations of Proust's "Sodom et Gomorrah" colume of "Remembrance of Things Past" -- something not likely to have passed McCarthy by (i.e., as a writer, unless I was Kathy Acker and feeling particularly postmodern, I can't imagine naming one of my novels "The Tin Drum", irregardless of the fact that "Die Blechtrommel" was the title Gunter Grass gave it in German) -- if you don't get the Biblical allusion, the title must seem fairly straightforward: cities, Great Plains, cowhands, etc. But the reference to Sodom and Gomorrah seems so utterly off: Billy Parham as Lot, and John Grady as Lot's wife, turned to a pillar of sand? El Paso as Sodom, and Juarez as Gomorrah? And so on, nothing really matching. The metaphor's too vague...
Grady -- and to a lesser extent, Parham -- seem to use their dreams, their unspoken fantasies, to project the world they live in only a precarious step or two ahead of where they're already at.
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I couldn't wait to read this book after reading and enjoying the first two book of the border triology. "All the Pretty Horses" is my favorite book of the series; the writing is lovely in its description of the western landscape and the cowboy lifestyle that is disappearing in the modern world. The beginning of the second book, "The Crossing", is marvelous in its evocation of the link between man and nature, and natures link to the true law or character of our world. The rest of the book had too much philosophy and mysticism for me, but it was still an interesting read. "Cities of the Plains", the final book of the triology, has both the main characters from the previous novels. This is my least favorite of the three, but I still think McCarthy's work is of a very high caliber. In this novel he tries to combine the themes (death of the western lifestyle, the existence of a world of truth beyond our own, the indifference of the universe to the events of our lives) of the previous two two novels. I think that he ultimately succeeds but the much of the writing does not contain the lyrical beauty and poinancy of the first two novels. I also find the habit of writing some of the important dialogue between two characters in Spanish very annoying. It is difficult enough to understand what is meant in the passages of this book, as McCarthy does not express or explain the thoughts or emotion of his characters, without trying to understand the Spanish. Also the end of the book contains a mystical, philisophical conversation about a dream which may be puzzling to some readers, although I think that it enhances the meaning of the plot and themes of the novel. I recommend this book as a challenging and interesting read, especially if you have read the previous two novels of the border triology.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen trauriger abschluss der trilogie
als letztes buch der "border trilogy" treffen sich hier die helden aus dem ersten buch "all the pretty hosres" john grady und aus dem zweiten buch "the crossing" billy parham: das... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. Juni 2010 von esc
3.0 von 5 Sternen Buy only if you have the first two
When I found out the two heroes of the first two books, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham, were united in this one, I went out of my mind to read it. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 12. Juli 2000 von Jay Gambol
5.0 von 5 Sternen COMPLEXITY ROPED IN
It took a while to get around to this one. My experience with this writer has always been that you don't pick up one of his books purely for entertainment. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 8. Juni 2000 von Tim Peeler
4.0 von 5 Sternen pleasantly surprised
I had heard bad things about this book, so I was hesitant about reading it. And to be honest, I was disappointed to see John Grady Cole and Billy Parham united. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Mai 2000 von "doug_llewelyn"
5.0 von 5 Sternen Don't like it? Have it your own ignorant way.
Lots of reviews here complain about this book not having the drive or originality of the first two books in the trilogy. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 2. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen I'm flying solo
Well, I suppose I will be the one to stand against the stream on this one. McCarthy was a little disappointing in his third installment of the Border Trilogy. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 31. Dezember 1999 von Tony Warnock
5.0 von 5 Sternen Ravishing
I loved this book. It haunted me for weeks after reading it. I wept at the ending. I can't imagine it as a movie, because the books are so perfect, but of course I will see it... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 10. November 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Good book
CITIES OF THE PLAIN is a finely crafted novel, a very compelling tale which weaves a stunning plot much in the style of recent gems like "The Triumph and the Glory" or... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 7. November 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Engaging and entertaining
This is the most engaging and entertaining of the border trilogy. Compared to the first two novels, the characters have more life and, because they are older, their dialogue has... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 17. September 1999 von milton@aacsb.edu
5.0 von 5 Sternen Nothing Plain Here -- outstanding book
As he does in his other books, McCarthy writes in layers. Here, the story is simple and pure, but the subtext is deep and heartfelt. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 9. September 1999 von James LaBudde
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