Friday, November 11, 2011

I'm reading ... The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

Well, I'm currently reading nothing, as I’m still traumatised after finishing Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. A terrific but harrowing tale of a post-apocalyptic world.

It's the seventh of his novels I've read over the past couple of years. At the risk of being sacrilegious to perhaps the greatest living American novelist, here are my reviews – in five words or less – of some of his other great novels....

Blood Meridian – hell in the wild west (scalpings aplenty as a 14-year-old boy travels into the heart of darkness on America’s frontier).

Suttree – hell on a houseboat (squalor engulfs a young man living on a disintegrating houseboat in Tennessee).

All The Pretty Horses – ill-fated romance plus horses (first and most accessible part of his Border Trilogy).

The Crossing – remarkably sad, lonely and haunting (16-year-old boy follows a wolf from Texas into Mexico).

Cities of the Plain – male friendship and loss (final and perhaps weakest part of his Border Trilogy, which is nonetheless marvellous).

No Country for Old Men - movie was remarkably faithful and terrific (most satisfying in a conventional novel kind of way).

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