This story is captivating and believeable. It is a tall tale about three Texan teens on a rideabout in Northern Mexico. Two of the three, Cole and Blevins, have unique, almost superhuman capabilities. Cole, who is the principled, taciturn protagonist, is extremely gifted with horses. Blevins is a gifted marksman. The third musketeer is Rollins, who is decidedly more normal. Blevins' actions regarding a horse are the fulcrum for the story which drive the characters to flee deeper into Mexico as fugitives. It is great tale of comradeship, horsemanship, revenge, justice and learning to love. The prose is brilliant at times. The narrator is pitch perfect. At the conclusion of the story we realize that our protagonist has grown through the adventures to become a scarred man of some spiritual substance. The spiritual substance is not intellectual, but has been distilled from the big Western horizons, the intrinsic goodness of horses and the complexity and creulty of men and women. It is my first Cormac McCarthy book and definitely not my last.
Auden Schendler is what I would call a "truth-teller" and he's an important person to read if you are involved in the green movement. He eschews rhetoric for reality and keeps the book totally focused on the mundane and painfully real stories of greening companies. The book reflects a lifetime of environmental committment and dozens of traps to watch out for along the way. He's been there and done it. Sometimes he has done it wrong, but he always learns from his mistakes and better yet, tells us about them. He doesn't kowtow to the Sacred Cows of the Sierra Club or LEED, which is also refreshing to see.
I was surprised by his extremely spiritual message in the book's afterword, which comes out of left field, but actually places his real world stories on a plane much higher than ROI, NOI or any other biz school acronym we use to rationalize the adoption of green strategies.
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