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Cities of the Plain

(1998)
(The third book in the Border Trilogy series)
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In this final volume of The Border Trilogy, two men marked by the boyhood adventures of All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing now stand together, in the still point between their vivid pasts and uncertain futures, to confront a country changing or already changed beyond recognition.

In the fall of 1952, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham--nine years apart in age, yet with a kinship greater than perhaps they know--are cowboys on a New Mexico ranch encroached upon from the north, at Alamogordo, by the military. To the south, always on the horizon are the mountains of Mexico, looming over El Paso, Ciudad Juárez and all the cities of the plain.
Bound by nature to horses and cattle and range, these two discover that ranchlife domesticity is compromised, for them and the men they work with, by a geometry of loss afflicting old and young alike, those who have survived it and anyone about to try. And what draws one of them across the border again and again, what would bind "those disparate but fragile worlds," is a girl seized by ill fortune, and a love as dangerous as it is inevitable.

This story of friendship and passion is enfolded in a narrative replete with character and place and event--a blind musician, a marauding pack of dogs, curio shops and ancient petroglyphs, a precocious shoe-shine boy, trail drives from the century before, midnight on the highway--and with landforms and wildlife and horses and men, most of all men and the women they love and mourn, men and their persistence and memories and dreams.

With the terrible beauty of Cities of the Plain--with its magisterial prose, humor both wry and out-right, fierce conviction and unwavering humanity--Cormac McCarthy has completed a landmark of our literature and times, an epic that reaches from tales of the old west, the world past, into the new millennium, the world to come.

Genre: Western
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May 1999 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Cities of the Plain (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Border Trilogy)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-613-17142-X / 978-0-613-17142-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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March 1999 : USA Hardback

Title: Cities of the Plain (Signed Limited Edition)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 1-890885-04-5 / 978-1-890885-04-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: B E Trice Pub
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February 1997 : UK Hardback
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Title: Border Trilogy: 3
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-330-34448-X / 978-0-330-34448-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: Cities of the Plain: A Novel (Border Trilogy, Vol. 3)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-679-42390-7 / 978-0-679-42390-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
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April 1998 : USA Hardback

Title: Cities of Plain Signed Edition
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-676-54922-5 / 978-0-676-54922-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
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Paperback Editions

January 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cities of the Plain (Border Trilogy)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-330-54455-1 / 978-0-330-54455-9 (UK edition)
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October 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cities of the Plain (Border Trilogy)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-330-51120-3 / 978-0-330-51120-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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January 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cities of the Plain
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-330-35088-9 / 978-0-330-35088-4 (UK edition)
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May 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cities of the Plain (Border Trilogy)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-330-39016-3 / 978-0-330-39016-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Cities of the Plain: Border Trilogy (3)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-679-74719-2 / 978-0-679-74719-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage International
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March 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cities of the Plain (Border Trilogy)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-330-36904-0 / 978-0-330-36904-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: Cities of the Plain
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-375-70175-3 / 978-0-375-70175-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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July 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Cities of the Plain: Border Trilogy, Book 3
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Title: Cities of the Plain: Border Trilogy, Book 3
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January 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Cities of the Plain
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January 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Cities of the Plain
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January 2017 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Cities of the Plain
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ISBN: 1-5100-5305-0 / 978-1-5100-5305-2 (UK edition)
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March 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Cities of the Plain: The Border Trilogy, Book Three
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
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March 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Cities of the Plain: The Border Trilogy, Book Three
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March 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Cities of the Plain: The Border Trilogy, Book Three
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1998 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Cities of the Plain
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 1-4159-1858-9 / 978-1-4159-1858-6 (USA edition)
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May 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Cities of the Plain (McCarthy, Cormac, Border Trilogy, Volume 3/Cassette/Abridged)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-679-46050-0 / 978-0-679-46050-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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2000 : USA Audio CD

Title: Cities of the Plain, The Border Trilogy, Book Three
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 1-4193-9986-1 / 978-1-4193-9986-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio
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September 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Cities Of The Plain
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-7366-4244-7 / 978-0-7366-4244-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
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July 1998 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Cities of the Plain
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-00-105537-2 / 978-0-00-105537-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kindle Editions

December 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Cities of the Plain (Border Trilogy Book 3)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Picador
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August 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Cities of the Plain: Book 3 of Border Trilogy (The Border Trilogy)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Vintage
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