Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
Good, but not a classic
am 2. März 2000
I understand why everyone likes this book, but all the hyperbole seems to be feeding off itself. I don't see anything about "All the Pretty Horses" that will have people still talking about it a generation from now. It is not a classic, but I thought it might be one all through the first half of the book. The language is so evocative and poetic as it describes the South-Eastern scenery and establishes the characters. Very spare and beautiful and pure. Then, when the story's complications set in down in Mexico, the book degrades quickly to a run-of-the-mill adventure tale. All the subtlety and poetry in the book vanishes as McCarthy does nothing more than relate a series of increasingly violent actions. Whereas the first half of the book is introspective, the second half is extroverted in the extreme. Perhaps another writer could have pulled this off, but McCarthy, ironically because he writes so beautifully, does not. The problem is that the pristine poetry of the first half promises a revelation of truth in the second half - a promise that is not kept. Instead of any kind of rare, penetrating insight, the reader is served up an action movie. The story devolves from fine literature to genre fiction with alarming abruptness. In this way, the novel reminds me of the countless Hollywood movies that start out so promising with clever, engaging scripts, then lose their nerve and segue into the typical car chases, explosions and gun play. Very entertaining, perhaps, but common. Even the romance is generic. McCarthy either had nothing to say in this book or lacked the conviction to say it. Who knows what he really wanted to accomplish. In the end, "All the Pretty Horses" is still a great read, it's just not great literature.