The Crossing: Book 2 of The Border Trilogy (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 11, 2010 - Fiction - 432 pages
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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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Review: The Crossing (The Border Trilogy #2)

User Review  - Gary Branson - Goodreads

Annoying as hell with whole conversations in Spanish. Sure I missed some of the plot points that would have made this a cohesive story. Around page 300, lost the thread of the story and never really ... Read full review

Review: The Crossing (The Border Trilogy #2)

User Review  - Roger Powell - Goodreads

This book doesn't match the literary force that All the Pretty Horses exudes on nearly every page. The Crossing is not as beautiful on the sentence level, nor is the story quite as powerful. With that ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 13
183
Section 14
255
Section 15
299
Section 16
315
Section 17
329
Section 18
346
Section 19
355
Section 20
364

Section 9
207
Section 10
159
Section 11
165
Section 12
170
Section 21
373
Section 22
388
Section 23
425
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Page 105 - They were running on the plain harrying the antelope and the antelope moved like phantoms in the snow and circled and wheeled and the dry powder blew about them in the cold moonlight and their breath smoked palely in the cold as if they burned with some inner fire and the wolves twisted and turned and leapt in a silence such that they seemed of another world entire.
Page 104 - The new country was rich and wild. You could ride clear to Mexico and not strike a crossfence. He carried Boyd before him in the bow of the saddle and named to him features of the landscape and birds and animals in both spanish and english.
Page 146 - He said that the wolf is a being of great order and that it knows what men do not: that there is no order in the world save that which death has put there.

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About the author (2010)

Cormac McCarthy is the author of six previous novels the most recent of which, All the Pretty Horses, won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.


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