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Publisher's Summary

In The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy fulfills the promise of All the Pretty Horses and at the same time gives 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.

In the late 1930s, 16-year-old Billy Parham captures a she-wolf that has been marauding his family's ranch. But instead of killing it, he decides to take it back to the mountains of Mexico. With that crossing he begins an arduous and often dreamlike journey into a country where men meet ghosts and violence strikes as suddenly as heat lightning - a world where there is no order "save that which death has put there".

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.

©1994 Cormac McCarthy (P)2016 Recorded Books

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  • shane
  • 2016-06-16

Not my favorite , But still wonderfull

He's the greatest writer I've ever read
And that's an end on it .
Grim , gritty , real and funny .

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  • Krautmann
  • 2020-04-28

An underrated modern classic

This novel has everything great about a McCarthy writing, well portioned, never over bearing and continually intriguing. To me, this is among his best work. Richard Poe's narration leaves nothing to be desired. He's the best.

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  • Timbolicus Prime
  • 2016-10-18

A tale of a Cowboy on a quest to set things right

Where does The Crossing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In my top 10. The detail that is given is vivid, clear, and engaging, as Cormac McCarthy is well-known for. I think that this book is a close #2 to my favorite, Blood Meridian.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Crossing?

I don’t want to reveal any spoilers, but I must mention that the first part of the book is my favorite and one that made me feel sad, sickened, and full of despair. I was engaged with every word and found it hard to stop listening and wanted to stop at the same time. Heartbreaking is the one word I would use to describe it.

Which scene was your favorite?

My other favorite thing about this book is the geography where the book takes place is where I spent time as a boy in the 1970s, exploring the wilderness of SE Arizona and Mexico. My wish and goal, as a boy then, was to be a cowboy, like Billy. Had I only been born 30 years earlier, perhaps, I would have had an experience remotely like his.

If you could rename The Crossing, what would you call it?

A gripping and powerful story of a young man whose decisions have strong and devastating consequences to him and all around him.

Any additional comments?

Finally, I loved how English and Spanish are intermingled with the dialog. Fortunately, I speak both, so it was a treat. If you don’t speak Spanish, you may find yourself looking up translations often.

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  • Roger Torgersen
  • 2021-01-28

Loved this book.

this book is epic in its scale. really invites introspect. I read it years ago and really enjoyed listening to it.

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  • Reed Ramlow
  • 2021-01-18

A Moving Tale

A story of futility, pathos, and loss, coupled with remarkable humanity, passages of blood-tinged Mexican history, and philosophical musings on an incomprehensible world. Billy Parham is a worthy protagonist, and McCarthy's continues to show his mastery of description. I preferred All the Pretty Horses in The Border Trilogy, but The Crossing is a solid entry in the trilogy. I am now reading Cities of the Plain, the third, where Billy and John Grady Cole from All the Pretty Horses come together. No way I'd miss that one.

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  • Destry Gilmore
  • 2020-09-01

Best book I've ever read.

This book has become my personal bible. Can't reccomend it enough to everyone I know.

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  • Christopher
  • 2021-04-08

Impressive

I find the Spanish sections difficult, but there is a resource online with the translations in an order somewhat close to the original. The story itself seems inspired by the Nick Adams stories, or at least in part. And at its core it’s about boy that goes after what he wants at all costs. He seems to be running from some unknown danger but always chasing his past constantly discovering new and worse dangers along the way. The narration by Poe is excellent and perfectly matches the tone written by the author.

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  • Annette Cook
  • 2020-06-30

Confusing

I had loved Book 1 and was excited to start #2. The book held my interest in the beginning. I guess if I knew Spanish I would have enjoyed the rest of the book. The stories of reflection by the characters pretty well sucked because I didn't understand the majority of what the heck they were talking about. Not sure if I want to move onto book 3.

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  • Jeff Waytashek
  • 2020-04-01

Bizarro

I would dub this one as Cormac does Kubrick. Way too much weirdness to make a good story. I would skip this one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-20

Challenging at times

Cormac is a master writer, but this one was a bit of a struggle to get through. I had a hard time staying interested due to many long winded ideological forays from the core plot. There is also a great deal of Spanish conversation and while I understand it on a rudimentary level I don't know enough to understand much of what is said. There is some great writing here but I suppose it is probably more effective to read than listen to.

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