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The Resource Cities of the Plain

Cities of the Plain

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Cities of the Plain
Title
Cities of the Plain
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Cormac McCarthy
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eng
Summary
In this final volume of The Border Trilogy, two men marked by the boyhood adventures of All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing now stand together, in the still point between their vivid pasts and uncertain futures, to confront a country changing or already changed beyond recognition.In the fall of 1952, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham—nine years apart in age, yet with a kinship greater than perhaps they know—are cowboys on a New Mexico ranch encroached upon from the north, at Alamogordo, by the military. To the south, always on the horizon are the mountains of Mexico, looming over El Paso, Ciudad Juárez and all the cities of the plain. Bound by nature to horses and cattle and range, these two discover that ranchlife domesticity is compromised, for them and the men they work with, by a geometry of loss afflicting old and young alike, those who have survived it and anyone about to try. And what draws one of them across the border again and again, what would bind "those disparate but fragile worlds," is a girl seized by ill fortune, and a love as dangerous as it is inevitable.This story of friendship and passion is enfolded in a narrative replete with character and place and event—a blind musician, a marauding pack of dogs, curio shops and ancient petroglyphs, a precocious shoe-shine boy, trail drives from the century before, midnight on the highway—and with landforms and wildlife and horses and men, most of all men and the women they love and mourn, men and their persistence and memories and dreams.With the terrible beauty of Cities of the Plain—with its magisterial prose, humor both wry and out-right, fierce conviction and unwavering humanity—Cormac McCarthy has completed a landmark of our literature and times, an epic that reaches from tales of the old west, the world past, into the new millennium, the world to come.From the Hardcover edition
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Summary
The conclusion of the Border trilogy describes the friendship of John Grady Cole and Billy Parham, two cowboys working on a New Mexico ranch in the 1950s
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  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 1998.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 1998
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043937
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1933-
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McCarthy, Cormac
Index
no index present
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680
Literary form
fiction
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dictionaries
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True
Series statement
Border trilogy (Cormac McCarthy)
Series volume
0003
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  • Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Western
Target audience
adult
Label
Cities of the Plain
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:1b8ef7e8-0afa-41cc-a209-3e0718e4c126
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780307777522
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Cities of the Plain
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:1b8ef7e8-0afa-41cc-a209-3e0718e4c126
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780307777522
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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