The Crossing: Book 2 of The Border Trilogy

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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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THE CROSSING: Vol. II of The Border Trilogy

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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 ... Read full review

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Sixteen-year-old Billy Parham is obsessed with trapping a renegade wolf that has crossed the border from Mexico to raid his father's cattle ranch. By the time he finally succeeds, Billy has formed ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
9
Section 3
11
Section 4
19
Section 5
20
Section 6
35
Section 7
36
Section 8
41
Section 14
170
Section 15
255
Section 16
306
Section 17
315
Section 18
329
Section 19
346
Section 20
355
Section 21
364

Section 9
43
Section 10
59
Section 11
107
Section 12
159
Section 13
165
Section 22
373
Section 23
388
Section 24
425
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Page 4 - 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 3 - 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.

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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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