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Cities of the Plain af Cormac McCarthy
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Cities of the Plain (udgave 1998)

af Cormac McCarthy

Serier: Border Trilogy (3)

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I 1950'erne arbejder de 2 cowboys Grady og Billy på en ranch i Texas nær grænsen til Mexico. Her forelsker Grady sig i den epileptiske prostituerede Magdalena og prøver desperat at redde hende.
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Titel:Cities of the Plain
Forfattere:Cormac McCarthy
Info:Vintage / Random House (1998), Edition: Later printing, Paperback
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Cities of the Plain concludes McCarthy’s The Border Trilogy. It brings together the protagonists from each of the previous two volumes. John Grady Cole from All the Pretty Horses is now nineteen years old and nine years the junior of Billy Parham from The Crossing. John and Billy share an loving bond and a deep passion for riding horses and living off the land. They work as ranch hands for a respected landowner on his farm not far from the Mexican border. Yet, when John Grady tumbles helplessly in love with a sixteen-year-old Mexican prostitute, Magdalena, from across the border, he provokes the ire of the girl’s pimp. John’s relentless desire to marry the girl leads him down a dangerous and fateful path. Billy’s attempts to protect his friend draw him into the violent turmoil where there is no turning back. The violence quickly boils to an all out blood bath as Billy confronts the pimp in a battle that reminds one of the ill-fated meeting of Macbeth and Macduff in its poetic grandeur. The anguish that Billy Parham feels for his lost friend is heartbreaking.

The end of book focuses on Billy and his wanderings. On his journey, he meets a mysterious man who tells him about a convoluted dream. Though the man denies it, Billy suspects he is Death. However, Billy survives the meeting with the man and finds shelter and a new life with a family who takes him in. The book ends with Billy, it seems, putting his restless and sometimes violent past behind him, with a new lease on life. It would seem that the "romance" of the cowboy way of life has faded for Billy, and the reality and harshness of the world has taken root. And that he has achieved some sort of wisdom from it.

Cities of the Plain is a melancholy story, deftly told in poetic grandeur, about American violence, idealistic romance, and a fading way of life ( )
  ryantlaferney87 | Dec 8, 2023 |
Loved the knife fight.

Hated the epilogue. ( )
  oshafiro | Mar 3, 2023 |
Dos héroes, antihéroes, que arrastran un pasado de desarraigo y verdadero exilio interior en un mundo en que su forma de vida, individualista e independiente, se ve marginada por la aparición del mundo moderno: autovías, moteles, automóviles.
  Natt90 | Jan 31, 2023 |
This is the third book in McCarthy’s Border Trilogy. While the first two, All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing, can be read in either order, this one should come last. It brings together the protagonists of the first two novels, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham.

It is set in the early 1950’s in the plains around El Paso, Texas and across the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The plot revolves around John Grady’s romantic interest in Magdalena, a sixteen-year-old Mexican prostitute. Nineteen-year-old John Grady is devoted to Magdalena to the point of obsession. He exhibits a strong-willed personality and the brashness of youth. Billy and ranch owner Mac serve as his mentors.

It is written in McCarthy’s signature style with short, direct dialogue. He realistically portrays the Southwestern desert, and the setting becomes, essentially, another character. I particularly like the indelible connection McCarthy establishes between the land and the people who traverse it. Themes include the inevitability of fate and good vs. evil. I doubt anyone that has read McCarthy would expect anything cheery, and this one is no exception. I am glad I read the trilogy. All three books are solid.
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  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
I am glad I waited until I had read the third book in the trilogy before I reviewed these books. I really think they need to be taken as a whole rather than looking at each individual book. That said, of the three, I would say All the Pretty Horses was the best but it really doesn't matter because the three books together told such a riveting and moving story.

I am not qualified to do a critical deep dive into the inner meaning of what I read or what Cormac McCarthy meant to say in these novels. On the surface though, I thought they were beautifully written. The descriptions of the Mexican countryside range from the magnificent and epic to desert austere. These were some of my favorite parts of all of the novels.

The welcoming nature of the villages and people of Mexico is related so well in both All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing. One could stumble into the lowliest home in the smallest village and be taken in and fed by the family even if it was just humble beans and tortillas. At other times cruelty, lawlessness and death are part of the background narrative that comes to the fore in both the first and second books and ultimately what brings the trilogy to a tragic end.

I liked the characters of Billy Parham and John Grady Cole and how each came out of Mexico changed in some way and, in Cities of the Plain, we see how this ultimately plays out as the two characters have matured but each still carries something of their experience with them that, in the end, has life changing repercussions.

I purchased used copies of all of the books and look forward to reading them again. ( )
1 stem DarrinLett | Aug 14, 2022 |
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McCarthy greift in diesem Buch, das ebenso wie "All die schönen Pferde" und "Grenzgänger" als eigenständiges Werk gelesen werden kann und als solches besteht, einige bekannte Motive auf. Das Jungenpaar, hier ein paar Jahre älter, die unmögliche, aufgrund der Grenzen zwischen den Kulturen nicht realisierbare Liebe, das Wolfthema aus "Grenzgänger", das hier in Form einer Hundemeute und eines einsamen Welpen variiert wird, und natürlich Mexiko und die Pferde. Doch "Land der Freien" ist melancholischer als seine Vorgänger, es ist introvertierter, beschäftigt sich weit mehr mit seinen Protagonisten, weniger mit dem Land, den Tieren, den Abenteuern. Anfangs ist man noch ein wenig skeptisch, da allein die exakten und kenntnisreichen Beschreibungen von Pflanzen, Tieren, Landschaft und Tätigkeiten noch keinen großen Roman ausmachen. Doch unmerklich baut McCarthy die Dramatik des Buches auf, streut kleine Symbole, die unausweichlich auf das Kommende hinweisen und weist den Personen mehr und mehr ihren Platz im Geschehen zu. Das alles schafft eine Atmosphäre, die den Leser beruhigt, denn nun befindet er sich auf gewohntem literarischen Gebiet, in einer sprachlich und thematisch vertrauten Umgebung: in McCarthy-County.
 
That brief moment between a culture's existence and extinction -- this is the border that McCarthy's characters keep crossing and recrossing, and the one story, as he's forever writing, that contains all others.
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