Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992

  1. Christopher MacGowan

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch67

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

How to Cite

MacGowan, C. (2011) Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992, in The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch67

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160230

Online ISBN: 9781444393675

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Keywords:

  • Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses, New York - Alfred A. Knopf, 1992;
  • All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy's sixth novel - his first four books set in the South;
  • Harold Bloom, making the claim - for Blood Meridian (1985), the first of McCarthy's Western novels;
  • narrative of All the Pretty Horses - set in the spring of 1948, centering around horses, their value, and shared love, bringing characters together;
  • horses, central to key events - Jimmy Blevins, frightened that God intends to kill him by lightning, loses his horse in a storm, leading to his death;
  • John Grady, talks to horses - comforting a wild mountain horse that he is breaking in, reassuring his own horse Redbo;
  • “All over a goddamned horse,” Rawlins saying bitterly of their imprisonment - but John Grady replying, “Horse had nothing to do with it”;
  • Duenna, tells John Grady with brutal directness - refusing to allow his relationship with her goddaughter to continue;
  • All the Pretty Horses - critics, seeing it as more romantic than the five novels preceding it;
  • sections of novel, reflecting John Grady's appreciation of the landscape - and his love and respect for animals

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