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5.0 von 5 Sternen A masterpiece by a master writer.
I eagerly read The Crossing, having thoroughly
enjoyed All the Pretty Horses (by the way, I
stayed away from All the Pretty Horses for quite
some time, just because the title reminded me
of the movie Pretty Woman, and so I thought the
book would be trite - Wrong!). In The Crossing,
Mr. McCarthy truly unleashes his mastery of the...
Am 4. Mai 1997 veröffentlicht

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Difficult to read and to forget
I am a big fan of prose and loved All The Pretty Horses. However, I must say that I labored through this second book, frankly, because I could not understand all of the Spanish dialogue; I kept feeling like I was an outsider to a conversation between foreign people.
On the positive side, I am still haunted by much of the images in this novel. It is also one of the...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A masterpiece by a master writer., 4. Mai 1997
Von Ein Kunde
I eagerly read The Crossing, having thoroughly
enjoyed All the Pretty Horses (by the way, I
stayed away from All the Pretty Horses for quite
some time, just because the title reminded me
of the movie Pretty Woman, and so I thought the
book would be trite - Wrong!). In The Crossing,
Mr. McCarthy truly unleashes his mastery of the
English language, writing in poem-prose throughout. The sequence of the dying wolf is
the best description of death's ultimate relation to life that I've ever read. My feeling after reading the book was that I'd just become part of the anguish that any displaced species or people feels, in this case the wolf representing Mexico's loss of 2/3 of its country to the US and Mexico representing the loss of innocence of the protagonist and thus the loss of innocence of both the US and Mexico - both guilty of the death that must follow life, yet both still neighbors, although now Mexico is much poorer and dangerous, or is it?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen großartiges werk!!!, 30. Dezember 2009
der 2. teil der border-trilogie (1.teil "all the pretty horses - ebenfalls ein 5-stern buch) ist sprachlich sehr intensiv in seinen großartigen naturschilderungen als auch sehr emotional, eine zutiefst traurige und berührende geschichte.
über den inhalt möchte ich nichts mehr berichten, das haben schon genug andere getan, vor allem auch nichts vorwegnehmen, da eine reihe überraschender wendungen passieren. das buch liest sich ungeheuer spannend, aber man muß es sich wegen des tiefgründigen, philosophischen tones auch erarbeiten. sehr, sehr empfehlenswert!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Desert tales, 5. Mai 2000
Von Ein Kunde
I have been a fan of Cormac McCarthy's since All the Pretty Horses, which, unfortunately, Hollywood plans to ruin. I think he is perhaps the greatest living American writer. The Crossing, like All the Pretty Horses, diverges from his earlier writing, which was more stream of consciousness type prose (every bit as beautiful, but disregarding of plot). The writing of the Crossing is more minimalistic, and I think this style works for McCarthy and his heroes, who are usually soft-spoken and reveal little about their inner thoughts. It is only through their actions that we really get to know McCarthy's characters. I agree with other reviewers that the wolf scene was very powerful-it established the theme of a time that was slipping away into a time that is-and we see that with the juxtapposition of boys riding horses with men riding pick-ups. Modernization is destroying what has connected man to animals like the wolf. But I think there are other powerful scenes as well--the preacher who learns about the true meaning of God from a godless man, the mexican girl who falls in love with Boyd and who seems so in tune with nature. To some of the Mexican bad guys, and the ones you think are bad but are actually just expressing their culture, which is different from Americans, holds different things to be of value. I like the way McCarthy writes about different cultures from his own; with a sense of wonder and respect--and sometimes brutal honesty. I think his writing is like poetry, and I bet he would make a hell of a poet, too. Anyway, I recommend The Crossing along with everything else of his I've read. I'm sorry they put his passages on a high school English test, but I doubt he had any control over that.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beauty in Hollowness?, 26. Januar 2000
I first came upon Cormac McCarthy during my AP English Test in the Spring of 1999 when I had to do a style analysis of the prose from "The Crossing" where Billy had the dream of the she-wolf and how he imagined her running free with the dears and voles and so on. Well I after the test I hated Cormac McCarthy and after receiving my test score I hated him even more. (You do not want to know my score.) But for some unknown reasons I was fascinated with his writing style. It was so beautiful and yet hollow, like a meandering river leading to nowhere. So I bought the "The Crossing." I did not read it immediately. I read it about six months later. At first it was slow but afterward the text became hypnotic and it coerced my mind into a world of haunting beauty and wanton loneliness. It revealed loneliness in you. Is that possible? Coming to the part near the end of Part I and also to where I had to do a style analysis of I found that part to be the most beautiful and incredible moving text I have ever read because the text was rich and it made you like you were Billy and that the someplace you have been or dreamed of before you cannot revisit again. It was simple heart breaking to hear how the words describe how Billy imagined, "Where she ran the cries of the coyotes clapped shut as if a door had closed upon them and all was fear and marvel." The she-wolf to me then seems to be symbolic of the mankind lost or forgotten or dying in certain time and a certain place (remember what Billy thought when he tasted her blood).
After reading this desolately beautiful novel, I read "All the Pretty Houses" and then "Cities of the Plain." However "The Crossing" is in my opinion the best in the trilogy because. . . . .I cannot say since there exist words out there that express my praise and admiration and love for "The Crossing" but that I cannot pinpoint them. The book is beauty in hollowness. "But which cannot be held never be held and is no flower but is swift and a huntress and the wind itself is in terror of it and the world cannot lose it."
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4.0 von 5 Sternen McCarthy touches the soul., 17. November 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Wow. This book touches some emotional chords that resonate long after the book is done. McCarthy gleans beauty and mystery out of sere uninhabited landscape, and presents complex philosophical musings from taciturn characters. The first part of the book, about Billy's capture of a wolf and his journey to return it to the mountains of its origins, will stay with me for a long time. The inherent intelligence of creatures - even "savage" creatures - is juxtaposed neatly against the cruel "developed" mind of man and his pastimes. And Billy's resolute belief in what is right and wrong rings true. Even in the face of teriffic odds and incredible hardship, Billy doesn't lose sight of his moral center. A center McCarthy mines with beauty and precision. Read this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beyond mere storytelling., 14. Mai 1999
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Once again Cormac McCarthy uses simple people and events to tell a story of all mankind and the world we take for granted.
The protagonist, Billy, hearing the echoes from long dead wolves that once roamed free, decides after capturing the she wolf that has been killing his father's cattle, that he will not add one more to the dead. So he decides to return her to her homeland and supposedly, safety. But that land has vanished. As all lands and creations, natural and man made, eventually must. That sense of vanishing lands, and lives, is the heart of this story.
Look at the way the fates of the wolf, then Billy's parents, then the Indians Billy and Boyd discover on their journey, then finally Boyd are all mirrors of what has gone before. The story of the wolf, trying to scratch out a living in a confusing world where nothing that is here today will be the same tomorrow, is beautifully echoed in Boyd's story. The three forms that Boyd takes in the narrative, ending with his poignant return from Mexico, hint that man's fate and the fate of the nature that he destroys - without thinking - every day, are ultimately the same.
McCarthy, like other great American writers, (Melville, Faulker, Toni Morrison) is not merely a writer but a prophet. A reminder that in a world of false realities there is still room for the purest (and rarest) of all blessings. The truth.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Kerouac on the horse: Sal & Neal may be Billy's best friends, 23. Februar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
One of the best books I have ever read. A pleasure. A mixed of Bruce's songs, Steinbeck's intensity, and Western movies (the best of course).Simple, honest, pure and pleasant. I am starving to read the third of the trilogy which I bought in english but I prefer also reading in italian (to get the subtlelties of the dialogues).
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Somewhat difficult but well worth it, 7. Februar 1999
McCarthy presents with The Crossing a challenging and hauntingly beautiful novel. I learned much spanish trying to labor through the dialogue and I admit it took much longer to read than most 400 page books. The dialogue, when in English, is understated; the scenery is bleak; and the characters extremely human, sometimes divine. The journey into Mexico is much like Conrad's Heart of Darkness, both physically and psychologically. A book that is hard to forget.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Difficult to read and to forget, 3. Februar 1999
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I am a big fan of prose and loved All The Pretty Horses. However, I must say that I labored through this second book, frankly, because I could not understand all of the Spanish dialogue; I kept feeling like I was an outsider to a conversation between foreign people.
On the positive side, I am still haunted by much of the images in this novel. It is also one of the most thought provoking works I've read in awhile; trying to piece together all of the parts in an effort to understand what Mr. McCarthy is trying to say will keep you busy rereading sections all of the time.
I will be reading the final piece of the trilogy, so overall the work is very good.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Deeply philosophical storytelling, 9. Oktober 1998
Von Ein Kunde
It is always the height of folly, and arrogant folly at that, to suggest the intentions of an author or the "meaning" of a work of fiction, even, I suspect, if one is the author. I will not do so. I do not know what McCarthy intended, but here is the effect his storytelling had on me. The prose is what one would expect from any encounter with his work: deeply powerful and hauntingly beautiful. I found this work to be a return in a richly different way to the kind of allegorical writing of The Outer Dark. Less obvious allegory, and so less allegorical, I suppose, but richly suggestive beyond itself, and not solely in those haunting tales which explicitly address metaphysics and epistemology, such as the tales of the Hermit Priest or the Gypsy. I found the whole work to be a masterful literary encounter with questions of identity, homelessness and homecoming such as are to be found in the later Heidegger especially. In other words, unlike most, I suppose, the power of this novel didn't end for me with the conclusion of the "wolf episode" but rather began there. As he states at the conclusion of that episode and the beginning of the rest of the novel: there are enterprises which, in being doomed, change us as we are, and as we have been, and forever (I paraphrase; McCarthy said it better, but I don't have the book here with me).
I take refuge in the fact that McCarthy seems not to concern himself with my, or any, reaction to his work, but instead writes what he must. I can therefore look forward to more such works as these which, like Greek tragedy, show to me the truth of alienation in the form I most recognize, myself. Nietzsche said of the Greeks that after staring into the dark abyss of their tragedy, they experienced bright spots dancing before their eyes. McCarthy's storytelling is perhaps our best contemporary possibility for such an experience.
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