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En este último volumen de la Trilogía de la frontera McCarthy reúne a John Grady a Billy Parham los dos protagonistas de las dos primeras novelas de la trilogía Dos héroes antihéroes ue arrastran un pasado de desarraigo y verdadero exilio interior en un mundo en ue su forma de vida individualista e independiente se ve marginada por la aparición del mundo moderno autovías moteles automóviles

10 thoughts on “Cities of the Plain

  1. says:

    I met Cormac McCarthy and he transcribed our conversation about Cities of the PlainThe author asked Whad'ya think about the book? The last in the trilogy?That's it It was alright Jason saidWhat was alright? Cities of the PlainWhat specifically?The simple language and the economy of words and the lack of punctuation uotations especially How you made simple things like chores seem interesting and wonderfulThat's fair It's actually harder to write like that than you thinkI betWas it better than the first two the first two books I mean?NoWhy?I thought the second book was betterThe author shifted in his seat and lit a cigarette and picked musingly at a fingernail with a jag in it He looked from the cargazón de espaldas of his house and toward the wall of scrub that marked the edge of some New Mexico wilderness Do you like my polysyndeton? Polysynda what?Polysyndeton It's where I use a lot of correlative conjunctions to string out sentences instead of using commasOh I reckonOnly 3 stars What could I have done better?Don't figure I'm the best person to ask about thatYou count I write for people like youStillNo lemme hearThen I guess you could of jazzed up some of the action especially toward the first half of the book The story didn't draw you in?No sir it didn'tThere was a theme I was huntin' for that first half I wanted life to seem timeless and I did that through the sustained description of routine life for several vauerosI understandThe author exhaled through both nostrils making an opaue column of smoke that stretched uniformly to the wooden cubierta Were the characters likable?I liked Billy and John Grady and Mac I liked the part when they saved them puppies in the traprock escarpmentThat's a critical part Those boys had to kill the adult dogs in order to save the pups It was an exchange of life Those pups woulda likely died out there for want of foodYep They kept having to kill calves to feed the pups Once them calves got bigger the dogs would've been outta foodThat's exactly rightI liked the knife fight too and how John Grady was fallin' so in love with that whore GoodShe was very youngThat's rightAnd I like when you mash up two wordsYou mean when I make one word out of an adjective and a noun?YesI do that uite oftenYou do it on almost every pageAboutHey I understand your writing It's just I gave 3 stars because your second book had 4 stars and since I didn't think your third book was better than the second I couldn't give the same ratingOkayBut I did really like the descriptions you made of the environment and the way the sky looked and how a man would have felt looking out across the llanos And I even liked how you dropped a lot of spanish words in the book almost as if you was searching for the right word and the absolute right word wasn't an english word but a spanish word And then you used some big words that I had to look upUh huh I did that He flipped the cigarette in a flection out into the dirt Is there anything I wrote that you didn't like?The short dialogue How's that?The dialogue was always so staccatoThat's how they talk It's realisticYes sirBut you said you liked my economy of words earlier you said thatI know what I saidWell That's how I wrote my dialogueI reckon you didWell then what about the dialogue you didn't like?Maybe it was the lack of uotations Made it hard to read I don't knowThat's fair I done that in most of my books You know what Mr McCarthy? I especially liked the very last part after Billy was grown up and met that vagabundo and he went into that bizarre tirade about the dream he had and what it meant to him and therefore what it meant for all of mankindI only did that once in this bookI knowYou liked that huh? You think I should have done that ?Yes sir I doHmmmWhen you do that when you make your characters get all fantastic those are some good partsI try to divine the essence of the human condition JasonRightAnd you liked that?I liked it very muchBut once wasn't enough?No The second book was betterBecause it had episodes where my characters had fantastic tirades?That's rightMr McCarthy crossed his arms and put his boots on the barandilla and tipped his chair back on two legs He looked at the skyline just above the scrub in the distance The world had a light gauzy dome of high cloud The sun was getting low in that direction but the color of the sky was as if it was still sizzlin' a couple of sun dogs on either side The author asked Did you like the whore?She was youngYesYou made her sound prettyYesI figure I wouldn't want to marry a whoreThe others tried to stop himBut they didn'tNoI don't think I would have died for herYou aint John GradyNo sirWould you recommend Cities of the Plains to your friends? He scratched his ankle deep down the inside of his bootI wouldDo you think the books can be read individually or should be read as a trilogy?Well I can only answer for myselfI aint askin' anybody but youWhat's the uestion?Can they be read separately or should they be read as a whole?As a whole Altogether I reckonDo you think I should write a fourth book?Ever'body's old and dead nowKind of a preuelKind of a preuel?Uh huhNoYou don't think?No it's just right now especially that second bookJason slapped the dust off his trouser thighs and stood for awhile lookin' out toward the sun He took a final sip from the glass of ice lemonade and set it back on the paso among all the other water rings that sweated off the glass Mr McCarthy he saidCormacMr McCarthy sir it's been a pleasurePleasure's mineAlright but it's been nice talkin' to you and learnin' what you put into them booksI appreciate the feedbackFrom me?Yes you read all 3 books makes you as close an expert as meUhh I don't reckon I understand what you just saidLook Jason a writer spends an awful lot of time putting words on paper and figurin' and refigurin' how to change those words so it has an effect on the reader someone like youI understandSo if my writing doesn't have an effect well thenThen it don't mean nothingNo it means something But then it means something only to meI seeDo you?SureIf my writing doesn't affect you then my writing is nothing than a glorified journal entry If it don't sell then it stays with meSo you mean to share it with folks like meCorrectYes sirWhat's that face your making?I still don't like the idea of a preuelDon't worry 'bout thatYou're not going to write oneNoGoodThat story's overThat's how I feel about itThe author rose and took Jason's hand in his and shook it and shook it again and when they let go there was an understanding among men that cascaded through all the understandings between men and had arrived at this point firmly and hung there deep like a great granite batholith Take care readerI willByeOh one last thingAnythingWhen you transcribe this discussion would you send me a copyFor what?So I can put it on this computer Goodreads thingI can do thatMuch obligedTake care thenBye Mr McCarthy New words dishabille peened niello fard replevin ned maguey uirted Cool sentences There were grounds in the bottom of the cup and he swirled the cup and looked at them Then he swirled them the other way as if he'd put them back the way they'd beenp 138 Billy flipped the cigarette out across the yard It was already dark enough that it made an arc in the fading light Arcs within the arcp 147 When they reached the trail along the western edge of the floodplain the sun was up behind the mesa and the light that overshot the plain crossed to the rocks above them so that they rode out the remnant of the night in a deep blue sink with the new day falling slowly down about themp 171 The ceiling of the room was of concrete and bore the impression of the boards used to form it the concrete knots and nailheads and the fossil arc of the circlesaw's blade from some mountain sawmill There was a single sooty bulb that burned there with a grudging orange light and a millermoth that patrolled it in random clockwise orbitsp 208 The word polysydeton was given to my by Isaiah H

  2. says:

    The Border Trilogy – Part 3 of 3In this final novel of The Border Trilogy both John Grady Cole and Billy Parham are working at Mac Ranch owned by a fellow named McGovern Everyone calls him Mac and all the cowboys on the ranch know that their time together appears to be limited as the government plans to take over huge tracts of land in the area including Mac RanchJohn Grady is now 19 and Billy is 28 They have become good friends through sharing their stories of Mexico and working together every day They have one major area of disagreement John Grady is once again madly in love – this time with a young Mexican prostitute just a short and very expensive trip across the border She is in love with him too but there are definite problems in the relationship Not least is that Magdalena her real name works for a pimp who also happens to be in love with herThis novel has many incidents that occur on the ranch and also in the Mexican town Once again Cormac McCarthy grabbed my attention with his writing it is bold beautifully descriptive sensorially alive and with dialogue that sounds real I am in awe of his ability to write believably of situations where the cruelties of nature and of man collide separate and then clash againThere is an epilogue at the end of this novel that I suspect some readers may not enjoy It takes a giant leap carrying the reader along 50 years into the future Billy had long returned to his nomad ways and he isn’t any richer financially than when he’d started out as a boy He is unconcerned as his life has always been lived that way One night he meets a man that he shares some crackers with sitting on the concrete footing of an underpassThis section is almost like a short story Although I already knew a great deal about Billy’s younger days the 50 year gap time contained a lot of hard living too However “the narrator” Billy is sharing this spot with has a great deal to say and the two of them sit discussing life dreams and what amounts to philosophy Some of it is down home and some of it sophisticated I found it fascinating even though the pace is wound down substantially from the main chapters of this book As always with Cormac McCarthy’s novels there is much substance than what meets the eye if the reader is willing to follow the pace Mr McCarthy setsAs with the other two books in this Trilogy I enjoyed this novel immensely and I would recommend this Trilogy to people who enjoy well crafted stories and authentic characters The writing is so good it often doesn’t offer its gifts until the mind takes over after setting the book down and deeper processes and meanings come through

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    For me the least successful of the trilogy though there was still much to love This brings back the central characters of books one and two It's essentially a love story John Grady Cole falls in love with a young girl who suffers from epilepsy and works in a Mexican brothel His aim to rescue and marry her The problem is her pimp is very possessive of her The most moving relationships though are those the boy shares with the elderly Mac and his friend Billy This novel is less violent than the others I've read by Macarthy but follows the usual formula Lots of fabulous poetic writing brilliant descriptions of the natural world and the usual cast of seers who provide a marvellous philosophical structure

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    The Border Trilogy finale the ending at least an endingI greatly enjoyed Cities of the Plain The book was much dialogue driven than the previous two so than most McCarthy It read uite like a screenplay honestly I'm surprised there's no adaptation in the works no Matt Damon please Landscape descriptions landscape as a character itself is toned down replaced with scene and scenario the near exciting humdrum of cowboy ranching life a moribund profession and way of life Billy Parham has seemingly matured past his conflicted downtroddenness his inability to get or keep what he wants from The Crossing He's John Grady's brother father figure his confidant They are each other's brother with John Grady filling in for Boyd bringing out Billy's protectiveness Billy has a voice of reason a pragmatic and fatalistic outlook John Grady is ever the romantic pursuing his desire with unfailing optimism and hope Billy's intentions of holding him back are frivolous The two are uite different yet see in each other something of value and it's their brotherly chemistry conversation and care for one another that sucks the reader in capturing their emotions entirelyThe story is slow to begin but once it picks up it doesn't stop Though McCarthy's books always leave me reeling this one carried much emotional weight in both of its endings I still run some of Billy's last words through my head and think of the power this story holdsHighly recommended though if you're going to read this it all read the first two first For reference my favorite of the trilogy was The Crossing followed by Cities of the Plain then All the Pretty Horses though each book is a masterpiece in itself Some select uotes ordered they themselves tell a story A man is always right to pursue the thing he loves 199a thing once set in motion has no ending in this world until the last witness has passed 205there are no crossroads Our decisions do not have some alternative We may contemplate a choice but we pursue one path only 286 when things are gone they're gone They aint comin back 126every act which has no heart will be found out in the end 196The world past the world to come Above all a knowing deep in the bone that beauty and loss are one 126

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    This series was pretty hit or miss for me I loved the first book All the Pretty Horses and then somewhat enjoyed book two The Crossing Similarly this one had parts I enjoyed and other parts I found to drag a bit It didn't have the same emotional depth that I felt the previous books had but it also had action and exciting elements than book two I'd say at least read the first book because it's a great story

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    Second Reading January 2017If All the Pretty Horses is a story about life happening without any way of stopping it then Cities of the Plain is its perfect counterweight This is a beautiful raw earth story about forging ahead with one's dreams in spite of challenges and difficulties And only a character such as John Grady Cole who had to accept so much of life in his first appearance in All the Pretty Horses could have the courage and kindness necessary to push through life in this second appearance to make his dreams come true First Read January 2015McCarthy captures something magical in Cities of the Plain He captures a fleeting moment in time in the American West right before the slowly creeping forces of the industrial revolution finally found their way into this vast but remote landscape Right before the time when the traditional roles of cowboys and their horses became obsolete It is this theme all good things that McCarthy writes about in Cities of the Plain in so many words in direct and indirect waysIt's a beautiful story that McCarthy writes filled with the pure beauty of places that now only partially exist in our modernized world There are wide fields of grass and sage distant mountains and cattle not in pens but grazing on the land until they need to be rounded up There are beautiful sunsets and moonless skies filled with so many stars that they too shed a faint light upon the ground It's not that these things do not presently exist They indeed happen now if you can find the right place but they certainly do not happen with the innocent knowledge that they are an endless commodity of lifeMcCarthy also writes about honesty that is so true it can kill and he writes about love In addition to his beautiful story there is McCarthy's style of writing It's not enough for McCarthy to simply let his readers read his tale He wants them engaged and thinking about what he has to say He starts strings of dialogue by only giving the name of the first speaker all the while eliminating the use of uotation marks He initiates scenes in which the identification of the main character is only provided through their characteristics The result of this style of writing is the feeling that I had imagined this story as opposed to ever having read it

  7. says:

    Really sad to finish this trilogy It's beautiful through and through

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    A Real Cowboy Never Sells His HorseBilly from “The Crossing’ is older now and is working on a ranch in Southeastern New Mexico The year is 1952 John Grady a character from maybe “All the Pretty Horses” is there too Ranch work can be interesting that is if you only talk about the interesting aspects of it The stories I heard in Creston CA a very small cow town were always interesting If they weren’t they would not have been told In this McCarthy book interesting doesn’t matter even though it mattered greatly to me Still I learned a lot When Billy and some of the guys were driving down the road late one afternoon they saw a truck pulled over on the side of the road Mexican men were trying to change a tire and they didn’t know how or didn’t have the right tools What? That doesn’t seem plausible Mexicans can fix anything Billy stopes and helps them change the tire and in the process the details of this as given by McCarthy has taught me how to change a tire I knew how anyway On the way home an owl hit the windshield and the following day I learned how to change the windshield of an old pickup truck But mostly I learned how boring it can be to be a ranch hand at least through McCarthy’s eyes The story picks up after 4 hours of it being narrated to me And when it does it is because some cattle were being killed not by wolves but by dogs that have become feral Well that was short lived as far as excitement goes The other excitement is that John Grady Cole is in love with a 16 year old prostitute over in Juarez Mexico But so is her pimp John wants to marry her and I am thinking that this is where she or he gets killed if not perhaps if he gets her to the US everyone on the ranch will be in danger And what does he really know about her? He continually talks about her beauty and I think that is why he is so smitten When John Grady decides to fix up a house for her on the ranch I begin to feel bad for him Will she ever get to see it? Would she even want to live alone in that house that is hard to find on the ranch? I even thought about how he sold his gun just so he could sleep with her and I think that he may need it One day he asked for an advance on his next month’s wages 100 That bought a little time with her Next he sells his horse I always thought that a cowboy and his horse couldn't be parted So the story comes to a head when it is time to get the girl and I was just glad when it was over I would have given this book 2 stars but since the prose was good it gest a 3 even though I didn’t notice his prose since I was so bored

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    A definite star rating for this would be 35 This is because there are parts of this book I loved and others that I didn't This is the story of John Grady and his friend Billy Two cowboys working in country Texas at the borderarea with Mexico As the title of this book alludes to the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah and Juarez is the Mexican town where American cowboys go for drink and excitement It is during one of such trips that John Grady falls in love with a girl human trafficked into sex work and devices a way to rescue her A lot of the reviews that were on the front pages and the backcover of this book had the words brutal beauty sadness to describe this work And it is true all these are found in it A curious one talked about masculine romanticism and I don't uite understand what it means Perhaps it is because he tells of a love story with cowboys and pimps and violence and death?What I admired most about this book and the other McCarthy books I've read is how with such few words he paints very rich and detailed scenes

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    This has been one hell of a winter of McCarthy for me Starting in early January I began his award winning Border Trilogy with much trepidation Having previously only read his Pulitzer winning father son dystopian nightmare The Road and found it severely lacking I was curious to see if McCarthy's previous works were worthy of the acclaim in which they are held After three weeks of being immersed in one of the most bleak interpretations of humanity and exposure to tragedy that would make even the ancient Greeks wince in sympathy I can easily attest to McCarthy's merits as a thinker and a writer That said while still an eminently enjoyable read that I could not make myself put down even under direct threat of bodily harm Cities of the Plain is still the weakest of the Border Trilogy On face it sounds like a mishmash designed to cash in on the name value of two of McCarthy's most haunting characters John Grady Cole the lovelorn horse whisperer of All The Pretty Horses and Billy Parham the haunted wanderer of The Crossing are working on a ranch in New Mexico in the early days of 1952 Threatened by plummeting profits and the loss of their grazing land through an eminent domain seizure by a Cold War military looking for the most unwanted hard scrabble land on which to test their weapons in the first days of the nuclear arms race Cowboys in an atomic age the protagonists know their world is ending and deal with it in their tried and tested ways Grady Cole by throwing himself into another forbidden romance this time no estancia owner's daughter but an epileptic prostitute across the border in Juarez while Billy Parham rides the range from one end to another trying to outrun the ghosts of his pastI have to admit that for the first two hundred pages I didn't uite understand the point of even including Parham's character as up to that point the story focused almost entirely on Grady Cole's fantasy of saving the hooker with the heart of gold Of course this being McCarthy nothing works out as it should and eventually Parham's involvement makes sense as his coterie of shades swells in number and he attempts once to find justice in Mexico the country that has peeled away one attachment after another from him It is with his involvement that the story redeems itself The character of Billy Parham stands as one of my all time favorites Desirous of new frontiers haunted by the death of his family always searching for a new place to call home and forever unable to attain it he's like the Flying Dutchman on horseback McCarthy uses him to great effect within these pages too as both a vengeful spirit and a barometer for measuring the changing standards of an age as the Southwest moves from the freedom of the open range to the ignorant militia enforced border fence building we don't hablo no espanol standards of today