This is a McCarthy novel, not Old Yeller, and so Billy's trek inevitably becomes more ominous than sweet. It boasts some chilling meditations on the simple ferocity McCarthy sees as necessary for all creatures who aim to continue living. But Billy is McCarthy's most loving--and therefore damageable--character, and his story has its own haunted melancholy.
Billy eventually returns to his ranch. Then, finding himself and his world changed, he returns to Mexico with his younger brother, and the book begins meandering. Though full of hypnotically barren landscapes and McCarthy's trademark western-gothic imagery (like the soldier who sucks eyes from sockets), these latter stages become tedious at times, thanks partly to the female characters, who exist solely as ghosts to haunt the men.
But that opening is glorious, and the whole book finally transcends its shortcomings to achieve a grim and poignant grandeur. --Glen Hirshberg
I found it to be a very sad book too.
Cormac McCarthy's writing in this book not only depicts his typical writing characteristics, but also illustrates a level of really beautiful poetry.
If at all there is a shortcoming to this book - and others by McCarthy - they contain a bit too much of Spanish dialogue.
I was depressed when I finished this book. I kept waiting for something good to happen to this kid.Published 1 month ago by Edie
A boy on a quest. He is not once, but three times driven by fate to cross into a territory as forbidding as it is irresistible. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Il'ja Rákoš
If you want to read ond hundred ways to torture a wolf then this book is for you. Personally it made me sick.Published 1 month ago by cristy c
From burning out a gunshot with a pistol barrel to shooting a hapless wolf in the midst of a mexican dogfight, Cormac does it again. Second time readPublished 1 month ago by S. Williams
Good.... Dark depressing view of the tendencies of man and old Mexico.... but goodPublished 1 month ago by Cameron J Cathey
One of the most amazing books I have ever read. You feel as though you are riding with Billy Parham as he journeys between New Mexico and Mexico. Read morePublished 2 months ago by carter houchins
Usually like these books, this one dragged on and on and was one depressing event after another. Don't read if you are hoping for a silver lining, anywhere.Published 2 months ago by Beth Alessio
More "rambling" than in the first book of the trilogy but still hard to put down. A great book if you want to see how much Spanish you can remember after many years since... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anita Reeder