Have you read it?

I just finished it. What was the calamity?

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Hey, guys, the man's name is Cormac McCarthy, for Pete's sake! Cormac is a grand old Irish name.

Wright--whose books DO you like? McCarthy is a superb writer. He won one of the coveted MacArthur "genius" prizes some years back. He is a widely-recognized major literary talent. At least two of his books have been made into very well-reviewed motion pictures. I am just curious why you are so negative on McCarthy.

Literary talent runs in the McCarthy family. Long ago, in another incarnation, Cormac's younger brother was on my staff in a gummint agency. He was by far the best writer I encountered in almost 30 years of gummint service.

Perhaps you should stay with Stephen King. He is, I must concede, a first-rate writer and deserving of the awards he has received. Those who classify him as simply a horror story writer are missing some of the depth of his works.

Allow me to recommend another great writer. Next time you visit a library, check out something by T.R. Pearson. He has an unusual and engaging style and writes with a sly humor about dark subjects. A good book of his to begin with is "Off for the Sweet Hereafter." You will laugh yourself sore when you read the first chapter.

Keep reading, though; it keeps us off the streets and away from the TV!
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I thought it was one of the best books I read last year and I read a lot of books. It was beautifully written and very powerful.
I read it. The writing was spare, wasn't it? No extra words..very bleak. But then, the subject matter was bleak.

I wonder if the movie was able to convey the mood of the book.
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Originally posted by beternU:
Hey, guys, the man's name is Cormac McCarthy, for Pete's sake! Cormac is a grand old Irish name.

Wright--whose books DO you like? McCarthy is a superb writer. He won one of the coveted MacArthur "genius" prizes some years back. He is a widely-recognized major literary talent. At least two of his books have been made into very well-reviewed motion pictures. I am just curious why you are so negative on McCarthy.

Literary talent runs in the McCarthy family. Long ago, in another incarnation, Cormac's younger brother was on my staff in a gummint agency. He was by far the best writer I encountered in almost 30 years of gummint service.

Perhaps you should stay with Stephen King. He is, I must concede, a first-rate writer and deserving of the awards he has received. Those who classify him as simply a horror story writer are missing some of the depth of his works.

Allow me to recommend another great writer. Next time you visit a library, check out something by T.R. Pearson. He has an unusual and engaging style and writes with a sly humor about dark subjects. A good book of his to begin with is "Off for the Sweet Hereafter." You will laugh yourself sore when you read the first chapter.

Keep reading, though; it keeps us off the streets and away from the TV!


I do read King. I read King frequently. Don't get me wrong. Cormac McCarty (yes I caught that just didn't want to be rude) deserves his place in literary history. I just don't like his style. I never made it past Blood Meridian after reading The Road. Maybe I should try some more of his work?
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Originally posted by HomesickGirl:
I read it. The writing was spare, wasn't it? No extra words..very bleak. But then, the subject matter was bleak.

I wonder if the movie was able to convey the mood of the book.


Excellent description.
Bet,

Thanks for the correction. I gave the book away after I read it, but I should have checked online how to spell his name.

It was bleak. Desperate.

I also read "All the Pretty Horses". McCarthy definitely has a dark side.

Has anyone seen the film? I have not, but will look for it now.

nsns
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Originally posted by Not Shallow Not Slim:
Bet,

Thanks for the correction. I gave the book away after I read it, but I should have checked online how to spell his name.

It was bleak. Desperate.

I also read "All the Pretty Horses". McCarthy definitely has a dark side.

Has anyone seen the film? I have not, but will look for it now.

nsns


McCarthy tends to be bleak and dark. If you want to read something really bleak and dark and menacing, read McCarthy's "Blood Meridian," subtitled "The Evening Redness in the West." It is one of his earlier books, written before he acquired national and international fame.
I've read 'No Country For Old Men' I thought it was great, but the fact that McCarthy didn't use quotation marks for any of his character's dialogue made the story difficult to follow. Is that a 'thing' that he does in his other books also?

From what I've heard about 'The Road' it ain't exactly a 'feel good' kinda book. I figure the movie is probably the same way.
I love postapocalyptic fiction, and I thought it was a great book even though it was a hard read. I haven't been able to get into his other books though.
If you like postapocolyptic fiction, of which I have a ton if anyone wants to borrow some, try a book which I recently read by the name of The Passage by Justin Cronin. It is a very long book (about 850 pages) but reads very quickly and has similar bleak outlook.
Another good one that I liked was "Children of Men" by P.D. James. The movie version is also very good.

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