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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
Great Cormac McCarthy story. I am more accustomed to watching films based upon his books, though did read The Road and The Crossing. Read morePublished 7 days ago by karmasoda
Fabulous story of compassion and hardship with no easy answers to the dilemmas presented. Thought provoking and carefully woven as Cormac McCarthy's books always are.Published 1 month ago by W Walsh
Mr McCarthy is not an easy read. He is in his own sphere as he writes. The reader is brought to the actual presence of the character, sees the actual environment, shares the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Don Williams
Truly one of the most moving novels I've ever read (and I'm 73, a former English major at U.C. Berkeley). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Philip Herold
Poetry in prose. The writing and the descriptions... the way he finds new ways to describe the world you already know... he's one of our greatest living authors.Published 2 months ago by MA1981
The plot was disjointed and ran off in theological tangents that were entirely the authors own opinions. Too much Spanish conversation for people who don't speak Spanish. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alan J. Johnson
continuing story of Billy and Boyd roaming the plains of Mexico and New Mexico. The author is part poet and part writer.Published 2 months ago by Mary Broadhurst