Why does All the Pretty Horses have Spanish dialog?
November 27, 2010 4:30 PM Subscribe
I don't speak Spanish! Why does All the Pretty Horse have Spanish in it?
posted by antiquark to writing & language (36 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
After loving The Road, and No Country for Old Men, I bought the Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy.
I just finished All the Pretty Horses, and was kind of frustrated at some of the Spanish phrases.
1. I did some googling, and found some people saying it gives the characters some authenticity, which I guess it does. So I'll grant Cormac that. Any other reasons it contains Spanish?
2. There is too much! Some I can understand, given context, but some goes on for 10 lines of dialog. Why am I reading a book in another language?
3. Does the average American understand Spanish? (I'm Australian, but pretty sure the answer is 'no'.)
4. Do the second and third books contain Spanish? The same amount, more, less?
That said, I did enjoy the book, just a little annoyed.