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Following All the Pretty Horses in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy is a novel whose force of language is matched only by its breadth of experience and depth of thought.

In the bootheel of New Mexico hard on the frontier, Billy and Boyd Parham are just boys in the years before the Second World War, but on the cusp of unimaginable events. First comes a trespassing Indian and the dream of wolves running wild amongst the cattle lately brought onto the plain by settlers — this when all the wisdom of trappers has disappeared along with the trappers themselves. And so Billy sets forth at the age of sixteen on an unwitting journey into the souls of boys and animals and men. Having trapped a she-wolf he would restore to the mountains of Mexico, he is long gone and returns to find everything he left behind transformed utterly in his absence. Except his kid brother, Boyd, with whom he strikes out yet again to reclaim what is theirs thus crossing into "that antique gaze from whence there could be no way back forever."

An essential novel by any measure, The Crossing is luminous and appalling, a book that touches, stops, and starts the heart and mind at once.

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Cormac McCarthy was born in Rhode Island in1933 and spent most of his childhood near Knoxville, Tennessee. He served in the U.S. Air Force and later studied at the University of Tennessee. In 1976 he moved to El Paso, Texas, where he lives today.  McCarthy's fiction parallels his movement from the Southeast to the West--the first four novels being set in Tennessee, the last three in the Southwest and Mexico. The Orchard Keeper (1965) won the Faulkner Award for a first novel; it was followed by Outer Dark (1968),  Child of God (1973), Suttree (1979), Blood Meridian (1985), and All the Pretty Horses, which won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award for fiction in 1992. The Crossing is his seventh novel and the second in McCarthy's Border Trilogy.

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awadeb, May 7, 2007 (view all comments by awadeb)
I must admit that this book was a difficult read for me. Mainly because over a quarter of the book is in spanish. Needless to say, it took a while to finish. However, apart from not understanding a quarter of the book, it was still good ol' McCarthy. Billy's trials with the she-wolf are very endearing and in the end, heartbreaking. I think that I have not yet understood the over-arching theme of the story but one of the themes that I am grasping is that McCarthy is discussing the human relationship with the rest of the world. One of the most memorable scenes for me was when he comes across a blind Mexican who tells him how he became blind. The Mexican says that he was part of a rebellion and that he was caught. When he was standing in line, waiting to be shot, a general walked by and stared at him. The man spit in the generals face and then the general sucked his eyeballs out of their sockets and left them hanging there. McCarthy's description of the way the man saw the world as bobbing back and forth and how eventually his eyeballs dried up and the world turned gray and then black has always stuck out in my mind. The blind man goes on to talk about how, being blind, the world seemed to await his movements. There are many other, very interesting characters but I won't go in to any more length. If you like McCarthy, westerns, or even philosophy, this is a good book to read. However, beware of the amount of spanish you'll have to translate.
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McCarthy, Cormac
McCarthy, Cormac
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Human-animal relationships
New mexico
Historical fiction
Wilderness areas
Hidalgo County (N.M.)
Hidalgo County (N.M.) Fiction.
Hidalgo County
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