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A passage from my book "the crossing" by Cormac Mcarthy. Conversation between a young man and an old man.
No one can really tell you what your life is going to be like can they?
"No. It's never really like what you would have expected. If people knew the story of their lives, how many then would elect to live them. Many people talk about what is in store for them but there is nothing in store. The day itself is made of what has come before. The world must be surprised to the shape of that which appears. Perhaps even God."
The story begins on a cattle ranch in 1949. I don't want to reveal the plot, so instead I'll just say that it's brilliantly written, and hypnotic to listen to as an audio book. (and to read)
The narration was top-notch, especially the spanish segments. It involves the love of two brothers, a wolf, travels through a lawless area of Mexico, and a heartbeakingly faithful horse, with many other memorable characters. This is not a book to breeze through. Read it, consider it and savor it instead. Cormac McCarthy is one of a kind. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
Cormac McCarthy writes a good story. The second installment of this trilogy is as evocative of the era as the first.
I read the book some years ago but this in no way detracted from the listening, indeed I will happily listen again in years to come. An advantage of reading the book was the ability to flick through pages when the occasional character: Mexican peasant or gypsy present their rambling philosophy of life. We're it not of these interludes I would certainly award the book five stars *****
Time to revisit volume three . . . . just not for a little while.
Billy Parham is decent, courteous and loyal. My wife doesn't like McCarthy. She says that nothing ever happens in his books. Plenty happens to Billy in this one and none of it is good.
This book is really three stories in one. The first is truly magnificent. For me, anyway, the simple ending is the most affecting of any of the McCarthy novels I have listened to.
You certainly do not have to have to have listened to the first book to enjoy this one. It stands apart from the first.