All the Pretty Horses (Blog #20)

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All the Pretty Horses, by McCarthy

All the Pretty Horses, by McCarthy

All the Pretty Horses is one novel of a trilogy written by Cormac McCarthy. The book contains very unusual and unconventional elements that certainly certifies the book as something unique. Its writing has been recognized as similar to famous literary writers of the past. One of the famous authors it has been compared with is James Joyce, his style often referred to as “Joycean,” characterized by a lot of puns. McCarthy is also compared with Faulkner and the Elizabethan language. It is said that McCarthy was influenced by these sources of style in writing this book.

The focus of this novel is more on the nature and horses than on the character. Throughout the novel, the characters exist almost as an entity just to continue the plot, while the depth of detail is largely focused on the vast landscape and the grandeur of nature. The horses are described with “human traits” including its strength and masculinity throughout the novel. Although the characters and their thoughts are regarded with some merit in the novel, it does not appear to be as important as the nature that surrounds it.

McCarthy’s style in this novel is something also special. It does not include any quotation marks, and seem to flow in and out of the narrative. It is almost as if the dialogue of the characters is engraved in the writing of the book. The style of speech is very colloquial and very much sounds like what we hear, more than what we would read. Also, his diction is quite unique in this novel. The article describes the writing as “full of archasims so unfamiliar they appear to be neologisms.” Unconventioanl descriptions such as “reefs of clouds” color the book with unusual diction that represents his complex writing style.

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