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.
Cormac Mc Carthy is to be counted as the four greatest writers of American literature and the greatest of the Western genre. Read morePublished 3 days ago by samssis
Cannot believe this book was ever published! Grammar, punctuation, capitalization are nonexistent. Only got one chapter into the book and gave up. Read morePublished 1 month ago by barnbutte
This is a tough read, even if you are bilingual. Fans of McCarthy may like his digressions into philosophy and even existentialism, but you sometimes have to skip ahead to pick up... Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Mooney
McCarthy hits his stride in Book 2. I read Border Trilogy out of order, and it doesn't make a huge difference. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MRC
Amazing, absolutely amazing. Tears were shed, but I must say there are drawn out parts where it can feel pretty exhausting in a way where you want to skip paragraphs.Published 1 month ago by Dennis Rudnicki
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 3 months ago by Richard Stinson