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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

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


  • 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
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen trauriger abschluss der trilogie 7. Juni 2010
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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 ist eine sehr schöne verknüpfung zwischen den einzelnen romanen. dieser dritte teil ist sehr lesenswert und spannend; eine geschichte der freundschaft und der liebe aber auch ein erschütternde, traurige story. mccarthy schafft mit großartigen beschreibungen und prägnanten dialogen eine fantastische stimmung zu erzeugen. man erlebt das rauhe, wilde land hautnah und die hartgesottenen männer, die auch ihre verletzlichen seiten haben. die border trilogy ist als gesamtwerk großartig, aber genauso kann man auch jedes einzelne der bücher alleine lesen. einfach überzeugender lesestoff!!!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Buy only if you have the first two 12. Juli 2000
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. Unfortunately this book is neither as exciting as "All the Pretty Horses" or as philosophically rich as "The Crossing." McCarthy's concentrating on the girl prostitute reveals his weakness in understanding a woman's viewpoint. "Cities of the Plain" works best in tandem with the first two books. Taking the trilogy as a whole, the necessity of this girl becomes clear, though that's up to the reader to pick up. The epilogue, which is really the epilogue for the whole trilogy, indicates the meaning of John Grady, of the women he loved -- and more importantly, the meaning of Billy. Get "Cities of the Plain" as the key to "All the Pretty Horses" and "The Crossing"; read the other two first.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen COMPLEXITY ROPED IN 8. Juni 2000
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. In fact, the complexity of the telling and the tale in parts one and two of this trilogy approach Faulkner.
I found CITIES, in terms of plot and style, to be less complex, more reader-friendly. However, even writing in this more traditional sense, McCarthy maintains the edge that sets him apart from most of his American contemporaries. The simplicity and poetry of the phrasing is still there, the marvelous descriptions, the dead perfect dialogue, still crisp and efficient.
And even though you know what's going to happen if you've read the earlier works, you can't help but be tantalized and magnetized and pulled along. The suspense and style that Larry Brown emulates in his southern underbelly novels is raised a couple levels by the hand of this master writer.
In creating this more readable conclusion to the Border Trilogy, McCarthy may have blown his chance at the Nobel (rumors of his shortlisting abound among the writers I've spoken to). But with CITIES, he allows us to go along for the ride with little more than a dusting off of that rusty Spanish.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen pleasantly surprised 6. Mai 2000
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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. Billy wasn't much of a surprise, but after the end of ALL THE PRETTY HORSES I didn't expect to see John Grady again. Eventually I was able to put my preconceptions aside and discovered that I was reading a marvelous book. The essence of ranch life is captured in all its painful detail. The death of this way of life is felt with every word, and the entire plot of the novel seems to be a metaphor for that extinction. The lyricism of McCarthy's writing was ever-present. Vastly superior to THE CROSSING.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Don't like it? Have it your own ignorant way. 2. Mai 2000
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Lots of reviews here complain about this book not having the drive or originality of the first two books in the trilogy. I'd have to agree, since this book just repeats the plots of the first two in a deliberate and symmetrical way. As Marx said, history happens twice, the first time as tragedy and the second as farce. Once again John Grady stupidly decides that he'll be able to save a Mexican girl, and once again Billy loses a brother.
In some ways this is a really ruthless book. The figure of the cowboy is given no possible redemption, no future. But what were we expecting? From the first it was clear that guys like John Grady and Billy are unforgivably short-sighted. They never "see" Mexico, they only fantasize about it (something for all you people who complained about the Spanish to think about--get a damn dictionary, for pity's sake!) They think of themselves as masters of all they survey, and as a direct result they end up dead or in despair.
And yet, and yet, and yet . . .
This is also a very serene and forgiving book that captures, more than any other western I can think of, the reality of the cowboy as worker--starved, broke, hanging on to the ranching life out of some kind of genuine love. If you get bored reading about the details of ranch life, just go read some pulp cowbody romance with shoot-outs and steamy sex scenes and get it over with.
McCarthy doesn't tell us which of his two visions of the cowboy is the true one, but he does leave them separate with no attempt to solve the problem he's laid out. I don't know whether this is good or bad, but McCarthy has brought a clarity and honesty to the Western that it was badly in need of.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Inconclusively bum finale
I'd read the first twobooks and was anxiously awaiting the publication of this lastinstallment in the Border Trilogy... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. April 2000 von Philip Welsh
3.0 von 5 Sternen Inconclusively bum finale
("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... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. April 2000 von Philip Welsh
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...
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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
5.0 von 5 Sternen GREAT book, very entertaining and moving
Cormac McCarthy's wonderful ear for dialogue and sardonic humor is most evident in this book. It was a real pleasure to read, and I hated parting with the characters. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 31. August 1999 veröffentlicht
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