Each trip tests Billy as he must try to salvage something once he fails in his original goal. On both his first and last quest he is reduced or perhaps exalted to some symbolic futile gesture in his attempt, against all obstacles, to maintain his integrity and to be true to his moral obligations. This novel explores such issues as guilt, the acquisition of wisdom, heroism, and the crucial importance of stories.
I came to retrace his steps. Perhaps to see if there were not some alternate course. What was here to be found was not a thing. Things separate from their stories have no meaning. They are only shapes.
Of a certain size and color. When their meaning has become lost to us they no longer have even a name. The story on the other hand can never be lost from its place in the world for it is that place. And that is what was to be found here.
And like all corridos it ultimately told one story only, for there is only one to tell. The cats shifted and stirred, the fire creaked in the stove. Outside in the abandoned village the profoundest silence. What is the story? In the town of Caborca on the Altar River there was a man who lived there who was an old man.
He was born in Caborca and in Caborca he died. Yet he lived once in this town, in Huisiachepic. What does Caborca know of Huisiachepic, Huisiachepic of Caborca? They are different worlds, you must agree. Yet even so there is but one world and everything that is imaginable is necessary to it.
For this world also which seems to us a thing of stone and flower and blood is not a thing at all but a tale. And all in it is a tale and each tale the sum of all lesser tales and yet they are the selfsame tale and contain as well all else within them.
So everything is necessary. This is a hard lesson. Nothing can be dispensed with.
Because the seems are hid from us, you see. The way in which the world is made. We have no way to tell what might stand and what might fall. And those seams that are hid from us are of course in the tale itself and the tale had no abode or place of being except in the telling only and there it lives and makes its home and therefore we can never be done with the telling.
Of the telling there is no end. And whether in Caborca or Huisiachepic or in whatever other place by whatever other name or by no name at all I say again all tales are one.
Rightly heard all tales are one.The Crossing Quotes. ― Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing. 7 likes. Like “The wicked know that if the ill they do be of sufficient horror that men will not speak against it. That men have just enough stomach for small evils and only these will they oppose.”. That's The Crossing.
Cormac McCarthy's "The Border" trilogy is where you'll find dusty plains, hard living, and a recent past populated by a people still living in an even more distant past.
His characters are full of character, thei One decision, as innocent as it may be, can fuck up your life forever/5. The Crossing, publicized as the second installment of McCarthy’s Border Trilogy, is the initiation story of Billy Parham and his younger brother Boyd (who are 16 and 14 respectively when the novel opens).The novel, set just before and during World War II, is structured around three round-trip crossings that Billy makes from New Mexico into Mexico.
Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing. The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy. My rating: 3 of 5 stars. The Crossing () is the follow-up to All the Pretty Horses () and the second part of Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy, three novels focused on young American men coming of age in the early-to-midth century on the border with Mexico.
The Crossing The novel, set just before and during World War II, is structured around three round-trip crossings that Billy makes from New Mexico into Mexico. Each trip tests Billy as he must try to salvage something once he fails in his original goal.
In The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy has the ability to challenge the reader's concept of free will and how much a person's attitude can change what and the way things occur. The reader sees Boyd.