Plot introduction[ edit ] Like its predecessor, All the Pretty HorsesThe Crossing is a coming-of-age novel set on the border between the southwest United States and Mexico.
Mar 24, William2 rated it it was amazing Enormously affecting. A boy and his father set out to trap a wolf that is preying on their cattle. The man who had trapped them in the past, who opened the plains for countless thousands of cattle to graze is now dead, and the wolves have begun to return to their old hunting grounds from their retreat in Mexico.
The father and son try to take up the trapping in the manner of the past master. The Crossing is about many things: The series of tests Parham sets himself suggest any number of Old World quest narratives.
He captures the wolf, a pregnant female, whom he clearly comes to love, and decides to take her back to her native mountains in Mexico.
It doesn't work out. When he returns to Cloverdale NM he learns his mother and father have been slaughtered by Indians. He collects his brother, Boyd, from a foster home and they set off for Mexico, ostensibly in search of the seven horses that constitute the family patrimony, though this mission is never so baldly stated.
Billy and Boyd no longer have a home in the world and it's as if they are simply adrift in the landscape. They have entered a wild land still torn by endless revolution, where there is no law save the law that comes self made from the actions of peasants, banditos, philosophizing gypsies, itinerant carneys, mothering women, and children.
The landscape is beautifully rendered and as active an agent in the narrative as any of the characters Billy and Boyd meet with. I'm leaving a big chunk of the action undescribed, most of it in fact, not because I believe in spoilers I don'tbut because I think that no nimbleness of paraphrase on my part could ever capture the emotional richness, vivid imagery, and sheer narrative power of this fine novel.
I like the way emotional tensions are never directly addressed. Much is left unsaid. It's very stoic, Hemingwayesque. Nietzsche said that one repays a mentor badly when one remains a pupil. Hemingway and Faulkner, it's no surprise, were two of McCarthy's models.
There's probably a touch of Louis L'Amour in the mix too. Yet I believe he has surpassed them in terms of consistency. Both WF and EH were innovators whose late work became mannered, so taken were they of their own voices and styles.
McCarthy may be less of a technical virtuoso, but he is no less the stylist, and he is by far the more consistent writer than either of his models. The running down of thieves by teenage boys in both novels seems too strikingly similar.
I must read more of him.Complete summary of Cormac McCarthy's The Crossing: Volume Two: The Border Trilogy. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Crossing: Volume Two: The Border Trilogy.
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In The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy fulfills the promise of All the Pretty Horses and at the same time give us a work that is darker and more visionary, a novel with the unstoppable momentum of a classic western and the elegaic power of a lost American myth/5().
The Crossing Quotes. ― Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing. 7 likes. Like “The wicked know that if the ill they do be of sufficient horror that men will not speak against it. That men have just enough stomach for small evils and only these will they oppose.”.
The Crossing (Border Trilogy Series #2) by Cormac McCarthy In The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy fulfills the promise of All the Pretty Horses and at the same time give us a work that is darker and more visionary, a novel with the unstoppable momentum of a classic western and the elegaic power of /5(51).
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 /5.