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The Crossing

(1994)
(The second book in the Border Trilogy series)
A novel by

 
 
The opening section of The Crossing, book two of the Border Trilogy, features perhaps the most perfectly realized storytelling of Cormac McCarthy's celebrated career. Like All the Pretty Horses, this volume opens with a teenager's decision to slip away from his family's ranch into Mexico. In this case, the boy is Billy Parham, and the catalyst for his trip is a wolf he and his father have trapped, but that Billy finds himself unwilling to shoot. His plan is to set the animal loose down south instead.

This is a McCarthy novel, not Old Yeller, and so Billy's trek inevitably becomes more ominous than sweet. It boasts some chilling meditations on the simple ferocity McCarthy sees as necessary for all creatures who aim to continue living. But Billy is McCarthy's most loving--and therefore damageable--character, and his story has its own haunted melancholy.

Billy eventually returns to his ranch. Then, finding himself and his world changed, he returns to Mexico with his younger brother, and the book begins meandering. Though full of hypnotically barren landscapes and McCarthy's trademark western-gothic imagery (like the soldier who sucks eyes from sockets), these latter stages become tedious at times, thanks partly to the female characters, who exist solely as ghosts to haunt the men.

But that opening is glorious, and the whole book finally transcends its shortcomings to achieve a grim and poignant grandeur. --Glen Hirshberg

Genre: Western

Used availability for Cormac McCarthy's The Crossing

Hardback Editions

January 2010 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Crossing (Border Trilogy)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-7569-8009-7 / 978-0-7569-8009-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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September 2003 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Crossing (The Border Trilogy)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-606-29085-0 / 978-0-606-29085-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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April 1996 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Crossing
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-517-16895-2 / 978-0-517-16895-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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March 1995 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Crossing (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-613-70880-6 / 978-0-613-70880-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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August 1994 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Crossing (Border Trilogy S.)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-330-33462-X / 978-0-330-33462-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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March 1994 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Crossing
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-394-57475-3 / 978-0-394-57475-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
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Paperback Editions

January 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Crossing (Border Trilogy S.)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-330-54456-X / 978-0-330-54456-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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January 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Crossing (Border Trilogy)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-330-51124-6 / 978-0-330-51124-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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August 1995 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Crossing (Border Trilogy) (paperback)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-330-34121-9 / 978-0-330-34121-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 1999 : USA Paperback

Title: The Crossing
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-517-40270-X / 978-0-517-40270-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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March 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Crossing (Border Trilogy S.)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-330-35545-7 / 978-0-330-35545-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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September 1995 : USA Paperback

Title: The Crossing (The Border Trilogy)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-679-76086-5 / 978-0-679-76086-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Books
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May 1995 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Crossing (The Border Trilogy, Vol. 2)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-330-34165-0 / 978-0-330-34165-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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March 1995 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Crossing (The Border Trilogy, Book 2)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-679-76084-9 / 978-0-679-76084-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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June 1994 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Crossing (The Border Trilogy)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-679-75434-2 / 978-0-679-75434-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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Audio Editions

October 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Crossing: The Border Trilogy Book 2
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Wholestory Audiobooks
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October 2016 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Crossing: The Border Trilogy Book 2
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Wholestory Audiobooks
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October 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Crossing: The Border Trilogy Book 2
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Wholestory Audiobooks
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October 2016 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Crossing
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 1-5100-4716-6 / 978-1-5100-4716-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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February 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Crossing: The Border Trilogy, Book Two
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Recorded Books
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February 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Crossing: The Border Trilogy, Book Two
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Crossing
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 1-5019-1290-9 / 978-1-5019-1290-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2002 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Crossing
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 1-4159-1859-7 / 978-1-4159-1859-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape
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2002 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: The Crossing
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy, Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-7366-8804-8 / 978-0-7366-8804-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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September 1996 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Crossing
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-00-105244-6 / 978-0-00-105244-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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June 1994 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Crossing (The Border Trilogy)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-679-42703-1 / 978-0-679-42703-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

December 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Crossing (Border Trilogy Book 2)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   


August 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Crossing: Book 2 of The Border Trilogy
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA