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.
The three books must be read in order for the full story, but each book can stand alone as an excellent read by an excellent writerPublished 16 days ago by Richard Stinson
my favorite western, middle book of border trilogy.
cormac the great, writing on an entirely another level than most writers.
I really liked the book. I missed much as I do not speak or read Spanish. This made the story hard to follow. Not knowing what happened to the girl is unsettling. Read morePublished 1 month ago by john w lee