San Francisco, California
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Cormac McCarthy's "The Crossing" (2nd work in the "Border Trilogy")
In December 2013, a group of Polis students requested a course on Cormac McCarthy's "All the Pretty Horses". We are always open to suggestions for courses that spark Polis student interest. We held the "All the Pretty Horses" course in February 2014 and the discussion was filled with enriching conversation about themes of home, displacement, and shifting morality. The group suggested that we read the next work in McCarthy's "The Border Trilogy" which is "The Crossing". We will end the trilogy with McCarthy's "Cities of the Plain" in early May 2014.
In The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy fulfills the promise of All the Pretty Horses and at the same time give us a work that is darker and more visionary, a novel with the unstoppable momentum of a classic western and the elegaic power of a lost American myth.
In the late 1930s, sixteen-year-old Billy Parham captures a she-wolf that has been marauding his family's ranch. But instead of killing it, he decides to take it back to the mountains of Mexico. With that crossing, he begins an arduous and often dreamlike journey into a country where men meet ghosts and violence strikes as suddenly as heat-lightning--a world where there is no order "save that which death has put there."- NYT Review 1994
Please note: It is not necessary to have come to the previous classes to take part in the course on "The Crossing" and it is not necessary (though it is recommended) that students have read "All the Pretty Horses".
Instructor: Mary Finn
When: Wednesday March 26, 7:00-8:30 PM
Where: The Women's Building, 3543 18th St, SF