This book is the second in the Border Trilogy. It is longer and slower than the first book, All the Pretty Horses. I found it to be a very introspective book. There’s a lot of philosophical thoughts. Three times the main character meets someone in his journey and is told stories by them that become three short stories within the whole novel. Each story reflects deeply on life and the troubles of life and the search for meaning in life. The whole novel follows this theme.
The main story is a downward spiral into deeper despair for the main character. Everything he loves and cares for is slowly stripped away as he goes on his travels, and for no seemingly good reason. The story makes you think about life and the true reasons for living it. I was reminded of Ecclesiastes and Job from the Bible as I read this book.
This is the fourth Cormac McCarthy book I’ve read and I like his writing more and more. He has written at least ten novels that I know of. I intend to read them all.