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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-15-16


When I bought this book, there was only one review by Charlie Brown. It had me confused, but after listening to the book, I understand. McCarthy is one of by favorite writers and just a couple of days ago a I gave a five star review of The Road. His use of language is astounding and his descriptions, put you right in the story. This story takes many paths and never really sticks with one. The main character does a lot of meandering and stopping and eating with Mexicans. There is a lot of philosophy about God and Religion. In one part their is actually about an hour long sermon. In parts some characters speak Spanish, a lot of Spanish and sometimes it is explained, but lots of times not. McCarthy seems to expect us to have a English to Spanish Dictionary with us. The main character seems likable, but by the time I gave up, I hated him. He seems to have good parents who treat him well and love him, but one day at the age of sixteen, he takes off on a trip to Mexico, for months, without telling his parents. They have no Idea what has happened to him. When I quit it seems he was turning himself and his brother into outlaws. I quit around seven hours in.
If you had the choice of reading a book in your own voice in your head or given the opportunity of listening to Richard Poe read it, why would you not choose Poe? This guy was born to narrate books.

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4 out of 5 stars
By shane on 06-16-16

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Emlyn on 04-11-17

A little directionless

Great writing but the storyline was a little stream of consciousness and not entirely engaging at times.

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