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All the Pretty Horses Summary
Cormac McCarthy

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All the Pretty Horses Summary

Plot Summary

In four sections, All the Pretty Horses introduces the coming of age tale of John Grady Cole. Chapter 1 begins in 1949 and the story starts with Cole returning from attending his grandfather's funeral. Left to his grandfather's care by parents unable to raise the boy, sixteen-year-old Cole had been living on his grandfather's ranch in San Angelo, Texas. Cole's mother is an actress of little acclaim and is set to inherit her father's ranch; a ranch she does not want. The boy's father suffers physical and mental illness resulting from the Second World War. Cole is faced with losing the only home he has ever known.

Chapter 1 of All the Pretty Horses introduces the first of many trials of John Grady Cole and his friend Lacey Rawlins. Unable to stop the sale of his grandfather's ranch, Cole sets out with seventeen-year-old Rawlins for parts unknown. On horseback, through south...

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