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10 thoughts on “Crossers

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    The novelist John Gardner put forth the notion that fiction should evoke a vivid and continuous dream In other words it should immerse the reader in a world that feels alive from the beginning of the book to the end Creatin

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    Mesmerizing blending of the past and present Caputo artfully alternates between the two Not sure which I enjoyed the tales of Castle's grandfather or Castle's present life but violence is the common denominator You know thi

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    Maybe a five star rating is one star too high but I live right in the middle of the area where all this unfolds This is a real place and many of the people you meet there are straight out of the book The week before I opened the book I was talking to a neighbor as a group of wetbacks went marching through the trees behind him Not too far i

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    Blurbs from Jim Harrison and Robert Olen Butler may give the impression that this is a serious novelappropriately heavy elements911VietNamImmigrationSenecaare undercut by lightweight characters suited to a Movie of the Week from the 1970'slot

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    Admittedly this is the first I've read of Caputo's fiction I did read Rumor of War decades ago I chose this upon learning of an upcoming publication of a new novel that shared similar themes with this one and found this riveting Particularly in today's volatile climate regarding the US border with Mexico Vengeance that spans generations and twists that ensue make this an exciting thriller but it also contains a contemplative exam

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    This thing is only a little weightier than some throw away romance novel Way too much of the author's personal bel

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    How many pages does it take to say that Gil Castle was hurting and sad? Obviously it's than I think it takes

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    The enormous malevolence of Sept 11 2001 still suats upon the imagination resisting our efforts to comprehend it Writers as various as Jay McInerney “The Good Life” Jonathan Safran Foer “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” John Updik

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    This book is a combination historical novel crime thriller romance but one that is guy friendly story of personal redemption philosophical re

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    It’s going to sound weird but I have to describe CROSSERS as the FX network’s “The Bridge” TV series meets Steinbeck’s EAST OF EDEN The 2009 novel depicts a bleakly violent border region and contextualizes events with a mu

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free download ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ç Philip Caputo

From the acclaimed author of Acts of Faith “A miracle You can hardly conceive of a affecting reading experience” Houston Chronicle a blistering new novel about the brutality and beauty of life on the Arizona Mexico border and about the unyielding power of the past to shape our lives Taking us from the turn of the twentieth century to our present day from the impoverished streets of rural Mexico to the manicured lawns of suburban Connecticut from the hot and dusty air of an isolated ranch to New York City in the wake of Caputo gives us an impeccably crafted story about t. Maybe a five star rating is one star too high but I live right in the middle of the area where all this unfolds This is a real place and many of the people you meet there are straight out of the book The week before I opened the book I was talking to a neighbor as a group of wetbacks went marching through the trees behind him Not too far into the book I read a description that matched that vision to a TCaputo mentions a restaurant called Santos in the village of Patagonia While eating breakfast I asked the waitress Have you heard of Santos She explained that Santos was now Mercedes which I could almost see from my table not surprising as you can seen most of Patagonia from any other place in Patagonia The one thing Caputo does not mention is that Patagonia is a speed trap so if you visit be forewarnedThis may be a novel but the fiction is only skin deep Caputo was a former Marine Infantry platoon leader very familiar with conflict And he made his living in civilian life as a journalist With a little research you can uickly find journals with his reportage of border patrol ride alongs and his forays into MexicoIn this part of the borderlands half your neighbors carry guns and only half of them are crazy I can only hope Caputo has not mined out his sources here because Crossers reads like an intel report for new arrivals

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Hree generations of an Arizona family forced to confront the violence and loss that have become its inheritanceWhen Gil Castle loses his wife in the Twin Tower attacks he retreats to his family’s sprawling homestead in a remote corner of the Southwest Consumed by grief he has to find a way to live with his loss in this strange forsaken part of the country where drug lords have power than police and violence is a constant presence But it is also a world of vast open spaces where Castle begins to rebuild his belief in the potential for happiness until he starts to uncover th. This thing is only a little weightier than some throw away romance novel Way too much of the author s personal beliefs filtered through his one dimensional fictional characters This was sent to me by one of my book clubs and I had high hopes What a letdown From the Jackie Collins school of writing I imagine

free download ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ç Philip Caputo

E dark truths about his fearsome grandfather a legacy that has been tightly shrouded in mystery in the years since the old man’s death When Miguel Espinoza shows up at the ranch terrified after two friends were murdered in a border crossing drug deal gone bad Castle agrees to take him in Yet his act of generosity sets off a flood of violence and vengeance a fierce reminder of the fact that while he may be able to reinvent himself he may never escape his historySearingly dramatic bold and timely Crossers is Philip Caputo’s most ambitious and brilliantly realized novel yet. This book is a combination historical novel crime thriller romance but one that is guy friendly story of personal redemption philosophical reflection on our times The thing is it worksThe protagonist Gil castle whose wife died on 911 accepts his relatives invitation to come to stay at their ranch on the Arizona Mexico border While there he becomes embroiled in the schemes of drug traffickers the desperate plight of illegal migrants and a relationship with a woman who is also dealing with a lot of emotional baggage Ultimately he must confront the past in order to cope with the presentCaputo blends together a number of themes to produce a really good novel In the hands of a lesser writer some of the themes and seemingly stock characters could border on clich the emotionally scarred man going into the wild to salve his spirit the healing power of love the gritty frontier ranchers the vengeful Latin etc Luckily Caputo is a skilled writer who is excellent at making these elements work He is an incredibly evocative writer able to make the reader see the sights and smell the smellsThroughout the novel 911 cast its shadow Through the character of Gil Castle Caputo muses on the ways in which 911 borders immigration and cross border crime are related and muses that ultimately the 911 terrorists and the narcotrafficantes are merely manifestations of the same monster Caputo tackles issues like the aftermath of 911 illegal immigration drug trafficking and the troubled relationship between the United States and Mexico so far from God so close to the United States In a way Caputo s use of familiar themes and character types serves his purpose These are all difficult issues that get people frothing at the mouth and which we as a nation are afraid to confront forthrightly and realistically By telling an engaging story he is able to get these concepts past people s intellectual defenses so that they might engage them in a thoughtful wayI read this book at the same time that Arizona was passing laws making undocumented residency a state crime In the midst of all the overheated arguments on both sides of that issue it was good to read a nuanced approach to the situation While there are definitely villians aplenty most of the characters fit in the gray in between areas This book intertwines history in the form of Castle s frontier ancestor Ben Erskine with the present All of the characters have to deal with the blowback from the deeds of their ancestors For some such as the brutal head of a drug cartel or Blaine Erskine the brooding Vietnam vet who holds to his grandfather s hard code of honor history or the skewed memory myth based on it is a constant presence One might say the same for the perpetrators of the 911 attacks Fanatics are often obsessed with a version of history It all made me think that while we cannot overcome the past we can learn to live with it