Monday, December 2, 2013
Crossing into McCarthy Territory
The Crossing is the second book of McCarthy's Border Trilogy. Set in New Mexico just before WWII, brothers Billy and Boyd Parham come of age amidst the lonesome landscape of the New Mexico border. Billy, just sixteen years old, is a young, self-sufficient cowboy, who sets out to return a trapped wolf to the mountains of Mexico. He returns to find his parents killed and the family horses taken, and pursues the horse thieves with his brother. This gritty, intelligent novel explores brotherhood and what it means to be completely alone in the world. Its bleak and beautiful, violent and vibrant. I still can't say that I love McCarthy, but he does write with such distinctive voice and confidence that I find myself wanting to read more of his work.