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The Border Trilogy
The Border Trilogy | Cormac McCarthy
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This handsome edition of McCarthy's completed Border Trilogy in one volume gives the reader one of the most important works of American fiction of the last decades. McCarthy's work is far more than a western, but crosses the borders between fiction and philosophy, the real and the world of dream. With influences ranging from the traditional western; the coming-of-age story; the courtly romance; classical tragedy; and magical realism, McCarthy's masterpiece is a work to be read and read again. This new volume containing all three of the novels, All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, and Cities of the Plain, is a welcome addition to the canon of McCarthy's works in print.
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Billypar
The Border Trilogy | Cormac McCarthy
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#borderline #MOvember
I try not to repeat myself as much as possible, so for those of you who have already heard my tired Cormac McCarthy sermon, I apologize. But here it is again. The Road and Blood Meridian are fine novels, but books 2 and 3 of The Border Trilogy, The Crossing and Cities of the Plain, are his best (imho).
Do you all have favorites that get overshadowed by other works from the same author? I'd like to hear them!
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BarbaraBB Great question. I have to think of that. 2mo
Cinfhen Hmmmm, that‘s interesting.i need to think as well 2mo
Billypar @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It is hard to think of examples. I also don't have very many authors where I've gone deep into their catalogues- I usually just read the bigger hits, so I wonder what I'm missing out on. 2mo
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Cinfhen I‘ve been thinking all day but haven‘t really come up with any good examples 2mo
Taylor As someone who takes the time to read deep into authors‘ catalogues, I can answer this pretty well. “Just Above My Head” is Baldwin‘s best novel probably; DeLillo‘s “Point Omega” is incredible, as well as his newest one, “Zero K,” which is better and more profound than a lot of his older famous ones; Toni Morrison‘s last novel, “God Help the Child” is superb and I way prefer it to “Song of Solomon” or the “The Bluest Eye.” 2mo
Taylor Pynchon‘s “Bleeding Edge” is better than any of his other novels besides “Gravity‘s Rainbow”; Faulkner‘s Snopes trilogy ought to be talked about as much as his earlier stuff because it is phenomenal; Bret Easton Ellis‘s “Lunar Park” is his second best novel IMO; and “Demons” is one of my favorite Dostoevsky novels! That‘s about all I got, that I can think of. (edited) 2mo
Billypar @Taylor Wow, thanks for all these examples: I've read all of these authors and almost none of these selections ☺ Lunar Park is the exception - really enjoyed it, probably about as much as Glamorama or Rules of Attraction 2mo
Billypar @Taylor I didn't like either of the Delillo novels I tried - White Noise and Running Dog- but they were still interesting enough that I'd try one of the two you mentioned (provided they're shorter than Underworld!) 2mo
Taylor @Billypar Yes well you might not like DeLillo in general, and in that case I doubt you‘d like “Point Omega” or “Zero K.” Just hard to tell. Either way they‘re both really short, especially Point Omega. Anyway it‘s a really cool question you asked, and one that I never hear discussed much. It‘s tough to point out examples because it takes a huge time commitment to read deeply into an author‘s catalog. 2mo
Taylor @Billypar Personally, I‘d rather know an author really well rather than have read one or two hits a bunch of famous authors have written. The result is I have big gaps in my reading, like huge authors I haven‘t read a word of. (Marquez, off the top of my head.) But on the other hand I kind of consider only knowing one or two books by an author to be a gap in its own way, so...there you go. 😂 (edited) 2mo
Billypar @Taylor Since I started reading more in the past few years I feel I've been driven to do exactly what you mentioned- read only 1-2 works and move on in a drive to find new authors. But I think that's changing and I'm craving deep dives into a few authors - Morrison, Erdrich, Calvino, and Oyeyemi are a few I'm targeting. You're right though - too much out there not to have gaps of some kind! 2mo
Taylor @Billypar Yeah it‘s a give and take. I guess one way to do it is you could read one author in depth, but take breaks in between their books to read a book by a different author, then get back to that first author. Maybe I‘ll do that more actually. 2mo
Reggie Everyone who has ever heard of Julia Alvarez always says that In the Time of Butterflies and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent are her best but they‘re not!!!! That honor goes to In the Name of Salome followed by Yo! 2mo
Billypar @Reggie This is perfect because I haven't read Alvarez yet and I would have definitely gone with one of the first two you said. I'm stacking Name of Salome & Yo! 2mo
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KaatjeH
The Border Trilogy | Cormac McCarthy
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Reading with a view ☀️
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#Alltheyoungdudes , well, both the young dudes who star in the first two novels of McCarthy's Border Trilogy find themselves together in the trilogy's conclusion, both hands on the same ranch. Even though these guys are cowboy-like...oh my god does this freaking novel pack an emotional punch, just like its predecessor. I have never been more involved in a novel, period. #septembowie @Marchpane @Cinfhen

Cinfhen That is quite a statement!!! I may need to start this series because of your endorsement!!! Have you read this @shawnmooney 2y
shawnmooney @Cinfhen No, not yet but I must get to this writer soon! 😘 2y
Leftcoastzen Way overdue to read the trilogy.One of my friends absolutely favorite read. 2y
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JazzFeathers I know l'm want to read McCarthy, but l always hesitate because l feel unconfortable with the level of violence of his novels 😶 2y
Billypar @JazzFeathers The trilogy has violence but not as much as some of his others. Though if specific, vivid scenes of violence can be an issue, you might want to avoid Cities. But I'd still recommend The Crossing as a standalone. 2y
Billypar @Cinfhen @shawnmooney @Leftcoastzen Personally I wasn't a huge fan of the first one- All the Pretty Horses. You don't need to read it before The Crossing, though you should before COTP. Think of it as a down payment 🙂 2y
Leftcoastzen @Billypar I would have to read all of them, just the way I'm wired.Often my OCD ,I read an authors books in order of publication even if it's not a series.😀 (edited) 2y
Billypar @Leftcoastzen Yeah I'm the same way for series (though by order of pub is impressive!). ATPH isn't a bad book, but it's a little slow for my taste- very different compared to the other two. 2y
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All three books in this trilogy were #Publishedinthe1990s. (and I should get around to reading them soon, ya think?) #PhotoADayNov16

vivastory @LeahBergen I love the Everyman Library editions. I recently bought Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" trilogy in Everyman edition. 3y
britt_brooke I read All the Pretty Horses a few months ago, but I haven't read the other two yet. I do love his writing, though. 3y
LeahBergen @vivastory Oh, I love them! (and I just posted another one 😂) 3y
LeahBergen @britt_brooke I've read No Country For Old Men so I thought I'd enjoy these. 😀 3y
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