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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
Two words: f**ing depressing (like his other works). Among other things, shows the graphic suffering of a wolf whose leg is destroyed in a trap, is "rescued" by the... Read morePublished 5 days ago by mojote
Magic-like. That’ll fit. For now. But not for long. Cos it don’t do this book justice. Nothin’ I say ever will. Or nothin’ you say. Or the next fella. Or the one after that. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Greggorio!
No question - McCarthy fan. Nostalgic to some of a certain age or understanding, certainly not light-hearted or hopeful. Pace? Read morePublished 29 days ago by Scotland lover
Like John Grady Cole and Lacey Rawlins in All the Pretty Horses, Billy Parham and his younger brother Boyd cross into Mexico in this second novel of the so-called "border... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alec Hastings
One of my favorite novels of all time, The Crossing is philosophical, engrossing, and poignant. Billy and Boyd are brothers in New Mexico in the mid 20th century. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. Franke Hill
A Masterpiece. This book brought me stunning images through masterful prose. I liked it even better than the acclaimed "All the Pretty Horses" which I did in fact enjoy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laura Childs
Once again Cormac McCarthy takes us on a journey across the border of Mexico. Once again it is a young man coming of age among horses in a foreign land. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fred Provencher
Unlike Book 1 of the trilogy, Pretty Horses, The Crossing, is boring, repetitive and predictable. There are few surprises, not a lively plot and the characters, with few exception... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer