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All the Pretty Horses

Cormac McCarthy

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Book Basics

Author: Cormac McCarthy

Year Published: 1992

Type: Novel

Genre: Adventure, Romance

Perspective and Narrator:

The events of All the Pretty Horses are described by a third-person omniscient narrator, who alternates between extensive or sparse descriptions, abrupt movements in time, and nonspecific dialogue. There are also moments where the narrator's generally concise style is contrasted by references to the future or interjections of opinion.


All the Pretty Horses is written in the present tense.

About the Title:

The title All the Pretty Horses is inspired by a lullaby of unknown origin that perhaps first dates to between 1600 and 1800: "Hush-a-bye, don't you cry/Go to sleep, my little baby/When you wake, you shall have/All the pretty little horses." The themes of dreaming and childhood contrast sharply with the violence of the novel.

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