Search Results: "Cormac McCarthy"


BOOK REVIEW

SUTTREE by Cormac McCarthy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1978

"McCarthy's idiosyncratic vocabulary and chronic verbal excesses will put off a lot of readers, but there is a cumulative power and occasional beauty in the relentless wretchedness that Suttree and his biographer wallow in."
Cornelius Buddy Suttree shares the three-fold plight of nearly all Cormac McCarthy heroes: he is an unregenerate loner-outsider, his unwavering isolation is never fully accounted for, and his present life and station are described with a poetic force that at once overwhelms and repels analysis. Read full book review >

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THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 2, 2006

"A novel of horrific beauty, where death is the only truth."
Even within the author's extraordinary body of work, this stands as a radical achievement, a novel that demands to be read and reread. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 1992

"Like the late D.H. Lawrence at his worst and most pretentious, all blood-voodoo and animistic design, McCarthy makes an awfully unconvincing lot of a little here."
McCarthy's work (Blood Meridian, 1985, etc.) is essentially about fatality: grotesque human acts that lack self-direction, that seem to be playing out a design otherwise established. Read full book review >

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THE ORCHARD KEEPER by Cormac McCarthy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1965

"MPSLUGMISTER McCarthy's novel, While desolate, is effective in many ways; there is some unusual writing furrowed by a stark, visual imagery while the story itself has a shadowed fascination."
A first novel, a singular novel, which uses several elliptical techniques to silhouette its hooded story of some covert activities in a small village in the hills of Tennessee. Read full book review >

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THE CROSSING by Cormac McCarthy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1994

"Like the tales of Homer and Melville, his timeless work will resonate for ages."
Volume two of McCarthy's Border Trilogy — following the much-acclaimed National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses (1992) — treads familiar territory but probes deeper into the darkness of the human animal. Read full book review >

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CHILD OF GOD by Cormac McCarthy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 1973

"As for the real ones, read Capote, Joe Eszterhas, or Ed Sanders — they do it much better."
Child of God, maybe, but also murderer, arsonist, and necrophiliac is crazy Lester Ballard from Tennessee. Read full book review >

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NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN by Cormac McCarthy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2005

"Magnificent writing, nonetheless, makes the best case yet for putting McCarthy on a pedestal just below the one occupied by William Faulkner."
Almost as frustrating as it is commanding, McCarthy's ninth (and first since the completion of his Border Trilogy: Cities of the Plain, 1998, etc.) is a formidable display of stunningly written scenes that don't quite cohere into a fully satisfying narrative. Read full book review >

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OUTER DARK by Cormac McCarthy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 1968

"A somnolent fascination, a spectral charade, but for whom?"
The Outer Dark, on the perimeter of nowhere, is the second one of Cormac McCarthy's penumbral, parabolic tales (The Orchard Keeper—1965) which resist time and specific definition. Read full book review >

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CITIES OF THE PLAIN by Cormac McCarthy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 1998

"Judged, as it must be, in the context of its brother novels, Cities of the Plain is nonetheless, flaws and all, an essential component of a contemporary masterpiece."
The concluding volume of McCarthy's hitherto lavishly praised Border Trilogy is a long dying fall that brings together the two surviving protagonists of the previous novels, John Cole Grady of All the Pretty Horses (1992) and Billy Pawson of The Crossing (1994). Read full book review >

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BLOOD MERIDIAN by Cormac McCarthy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1982

"Grandiose, feverish, opaque."
Virtually all of McCarthy's idiosyncratic fiction (The Orchard Keeper, Child-of God, Suttree) is suffused with fierce pessimism, relentlessly illustrating the feral destiny of mankind; and this new novel is no exception—though it is equally committed to a large allegorical structure, one that yanks its larger-than-life figures across a sere historical stage. Read full book review >

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THE SURFACING by Cormac James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Meditative and spare, this is not a fast read but one worth the effort: underneath all the ice, there is real emotional depth."
An Arctic expedition gets stuck at sea with a pregnant woman hiding onboard in Irish author James' hypnotic North American debut that's less a high-stakes adventure than a slow-burning psychological study. Read full book review >

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THE WILDEST RACE EVER by Meghan McCarthy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Solid research underpins whimsy in McCarthy's latest historical foray. (historical note, photographs, selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
In time for the 2016 Summer Olympics, McCarthy spotlights the men's marathon at the first Olympic Games hosted by the United States, held at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Read full book review >