Actually, I was steered old school based on a recommendation from my cousin and fellow reader Zach. For him, I went old school AND out of genre.
But once again, this push away from my typical historical fiction, and modern day American fiction was a great move.
“All the Pretty Horses” is Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Cormac McCarthy’s 1992 novel. It is one of his 10 books, his most famous being “The Road” which won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize.
This is the story of 16 year old John Grady Cole who decides to leave his homestate of Texas with his best friend Rawlins after he finds out his family ranch is being sold. It was also a 2000 film which starred Matt Damon and Penelope Cruz.
It’s a well written coming of age story that has a Romeo/Juliet type of love story in the middle.
McCarthy has an unconventional writing format in which like Hemingway he uses no traditional punctuation or “messy” quotation marks. While quirky and cool, it makes reading this book a bit of a challenge.
I will leave you with this paragraph as an example of his non-traditional work and as a sample of the type of reading you will find in this book.
In this scene, Cole is talking with his friend Rawlins about horses and women:
“Rawlins put his knife in his pocket and sat inspecting his hat for nopal stickers. A goodlookin horse is like a goodlookin woman, he said. They’re always more trouble than what they’re worth. What a man needs is just one that will get the job done.
Where’d you hear that at?
I dont know.”
Now I will totally surprise my husband when I ask him to rent this movie. Thanks for the recommendation, cousin Zach.