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The Crossing Taschenbuch – 1998
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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?
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. . . . .Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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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Nach "All the Pretty Horses" wollte ich unbedingt die beiden anderen Bände der Trilogie lesen
Sehr schön - allen zu empfehlen, die lange langsame... Lesen Sie weiter...
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... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 30. Dezember 2009 von esc
Life doesn't promise us any rewards, even if we live good and virtuously. For most of us, life is "filled with quiet desperation," and such is the case for Billy Parham,... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 10. Juli 2000 von Richard Harrold
...A book about random acts of random people. Prose is asoverblown as in ALL THE PRETTY HORSES. Too much geographical detail -the ennui and angst might have been better without... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 6. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
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... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 17. November 1999 veröffentlicht
As I wrote to a cousin of mine (and this applies to the entire Border Trilogy), Cormac McCarthy makes Hemingway sound like Percy Dovetonsils!Veröffentlicht am 16. Juli 1999 von Alfred O. Myers
My math teacher at skewl is reading the book and instead of teachin' us square roots he tells from the book, what he has read in the past weeks, it really is a great book!Am 20. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht
A bit about the guy burying the female wolf was used on the 1999 English Literature AP Exam this afternoon. It was horrendous and confusing... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 11. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
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. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 23. Februar 1999 veröffentlicht