Ten years prior to the events related in "All the Pretty Horses", this second part of the Border Trilogy begins in 1930s Hidalgo County. Into this ...Show synopsisTen years prior to the events related in "All the Pretty Horses", this second part of the Border Trilogy begins in 1930s Hidalgo County. Into this land comes Bilu, Boyd, father and mother. Both brothers are seeking adventure but neither know they live on the cusp of unimaginable events.Hide synopsis
The Crossing (Vintage Books USA) – Trade paperback (1995)
Trade paperback, Vintage Books USA 1995
ISBN: 0679760849 ISBN-13: 9780679760849
Following All the Pretty Little 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 ...Show moreFollowing All the Pretty Little 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." What they find instead, singly and together, is in extraordinary panoply of fiestas and circuses, dogs and horses and hawks, pilgrims and revolutionaries, grand haciendas and forlorn cantinas, bandits and gypsies and roving tribes, a young girl alone on the road, a mystery in the mountain wilds, and a myth in the making. And in this wider world they fight a war as rageful as the one neither, in the end, will join up for back home. One brother finds his destiny, while the other arrives only at his fate. An essential novel by any measure, and the transfixing middle passage of Cormac McCarthy's ongoing trilogy, The Crossing is luminous and appalling, a book that touches, stops,and starts the heart and mind at once.Hide
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McCarthy paints a wonderful picture of life in the West- a life you would have to experience to describe. This is a book that you read when you have lots of time to absorb the words and let the story wash over you.
The second book in The Border Trilogy. This one examines the life of the hero and his brother through various adventures in Mexico and the states of the USA which border Mexico .A rough map of the area would have been helpful if the mountain ranges and towns visited actually do exist. .The writer tells of every event in great detail and some of his descriptions are haunting and picturesque . The references to recent Mexican history can be a bit confusing for someone who knows absolutely nothing about it. and even the the terminology of the horses saddles assumes we have inside knowledge.
Last but not least the dialogues in Spanish were very annoying and tiring and I ended up just skipping them.
However, I did enjoy the book very much and will be looking out for the third book in the trilogy and other works by the same author.
This book follows in the same language tradition of All the Pretty Horses, using Spanish intermittently without translation throughout the story . I felt absolutely no connection with the protagonist and could not care less for the problems he created for himself. I was not able to get myself to even finish the book. I would not recommend this book.
My first exposure to C. McCarthy was Blood Meridian and while I have not read any of the novels sited in Tn, I have read all the others. An author's task is to tell a story and have the reader live it as if there. This book and all the westerns require an adult male to read all the novel at one sitting, as he is that strong a story teller. The only parts that are tedious for me are his occasional conversations in Mexican that run on and on. His descriptions of places and people and happenings are dead on.
One must read all at least once, then never again.
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