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The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy
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Of the three McCarthy novels I've read so far, this is my favorite. The story is more compelling than in Blood Meridian and there are none of the purple passages that I recall from my reading of All the Pretty Horses years ago. With this book, McCarthy's fictional world becomes more complex in terms of the balance of good and evil. Yes, there are cold-blooded killers and thieves who commit gruesome acts of violence, but there are also numerous characters--many of them poor gypsies and Mexican Indians--who are very kind toward strangers. I also like the running commentary on the Mexican Revolution and its legendary folk heroes. Most importantly, the relationship between the two teenage brothers, Billy and Boyd, deepens as the book progresses and becomes truly moving. Anyone who still thinks of McCarthy as a "radical conservative," in the words of one book reviewer, should take a closer look at this book.
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