The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy

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Following All the Pretty Horses in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy is a novel whose force of language is matched only by its breadth of experience and depth of thought.

In the bootheel of New Mexico hard on the frontier, Billy and Boyd Parham are just boys in the years before the Second World War, but on the cusp of unimaginable events. First comes a trespassing Indian and the dream of wolves running wild amongst the cattle lately brought onto the plain by settlers -- this when all the wisdom of trappers has disappeared along with the trappers themselves. And so Billy sets forth at the age of sixteen on an unwitting journey into the souls of boys and animals and men. Having trapped a she-wolf he would restore to the mountains of Mexico, he is long gone and returns to find everything he left behind transformed utterly in his absence. Except his kid brother, Boyd, with whom he strikes out yet again to reclaim what is theirs thus crossing into "that antique gaze from whence there could be no way back forever."

An essential novel by any measure, The Crossing is luminous and appalling, a book that touches, stops, and starts the heart and mind at once.

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About Cormac McCarthy

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Cormac McCarthy is the author of nine previous novels. Among his honors are the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Published August 11, 2010 by Vintage. 434 pages
Genres: Westerns, Literature & Fiction, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Volume two of McCarthy's Border Trilogy — following the much-acclaimed National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses (1992) — treads familiar territory but probes deeper into the darkness of the human animal.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Crossing

Publishers Weekly

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Young Billy Parham, in a horse stall, dreams of his father's eyes, ``those eyes that seemed to contemplate with a terrible equanimity the cold and the dark and the silence that moved upon him.'' Billy

May 30 1994 | Read Full Review of The Crossing

The New York Times

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Following his protagonist on three quixotic quests across the Mexican border, McCarthy immerses the reader in his inconsolable landscapes.

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Los Angeles Times

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In the second part of Cormac McCarthy's epic trilogy, as in the first, the border between the United States and Mexico plays the same role as the rabbit-hole and the looking-glass in Lewis Carroll's two books of Alice.

Jun 12 1994 | Read Full Review of The Crossing

The Independent

In one passage towards the end of the book Billy sits in a Mexican bar surrounded by some less than friendly locals - you steel your nerve for all hell to break loose, but McCarthy doesn't follow it through and the scene simply fizzles out.

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The Independent

So, the good news: the first quarter of the book is superb, dramatising a long battle of ... which has been hunting around the Parham family's farm in New Mexico.

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Dec 10 2015 | Read Full Review of The Crossing

The Crossing - Cormac McCarthy’s seventh novel and the second instalment in his Border Trilogy - begins with young Billy Parham attempting to bond with a wild wolf.

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Subsequently, in the second half of this the second part of the Border Crossing trilogy (I foolishly read the third part before this one), Billy wanders in the desert in a partly Christ-like manner.

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When Billy next checks the traps, alone, he finds the she-wolf and is possessed by the desire to free her, truly beginning the first arc of the novel. Billy sets off to ...

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Devin McFarlane 8 Aug 2013

Rated the book as 5 out of 5