OtherGround Forums Thoughts on Cormac McCarthy

Edited: 9/8/06 12:00 AM
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Blood Meridian was easily his magnum opus. In fact, it is quite possibly the best book I have ever read. That said, his other books have left something to be desired - most prominently No Country for Old Men. I am beginning The Crossing now, and it seems promising. Input, friends?
Edited: 9/9/06 12:00 AM
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try "Invisible Man" by Ellison. I'll have to read McCarthy sometime.
Edited: 9/20/06 12:00 AM
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Blood Meridian stayed with me for along time. great book. great characters. i haven't read the crossing but i really like all the pretty horses. i agree that no country..wasn't that strong. it was dark and violent and farily brutal at times. but chigurh just didn't carry the same menance as the judge did in blood meridian.. still i like his writing style overall. and will probably read the crossing when i go back to his books..
Edited: 9/25/06 12:00 AM
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The westward expansion of the US gone horribly awry. Cowboys hunting Indians for their scalps.
Edited: 10/4/06 12:00 AM
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He's a good vocabulary builder, LOL. Blood Meridian is astounding. I've started reading All the Pretty Horses a couple of times, still haven't been in the right head to commit to it. And I hate having to carry a dictionary with my novels!
Edited: 10/4/06 12:00 AM
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Almost finished with Blood Meridian and Ali is correct about it being a vocabulary builder and I've really enjoyed the novel. Will probably finish it today.
Edited: 10/13/06 12:00 AM
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Are any of his books nearly as good as Blood Meridian? Cause I really enjoyed that but I think most of that is how much I liked the Judge character.
Edited: 10/16/06 12:00 AM
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Several years ago I was at my mother's house in New Hampshire and was looking for something to do. The paper listed that Cormac McCarthy was appearing at a local pub. I got all excited and went into town to see him, thinking it was a reading or something. Got there to find it was some lounge singer type crooning standards to bad guitar work. Talked to the guy later that evening and he said there are always a few literary idiots like me at every show expecting to see the author. Asked me as he was leaving "You actually thought the author, Cormac McCarthy, was going to be doing a reading at Frank's Bar and Grill in Concord, NH?"
Edited: 10/17/06 12:00 AM
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I started it, haven't gotten far, a couple times, now. I have had this experience with McCarthy before, but this is one I actually don't think I'll read.
Edited: 10/18/06 12:00 AM
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groundfighter2000 -- sorry, LOL. I just mean I couldn't get absorbed and don't know how many attempts I have in me. Interesting question about whether you have to be known to get away with certain stylistic "difficulties". I've wondered that about a lot of people. William Gaddis is a guy who writes huge, difficult books (except "Carpenter's Gothic", which is a small difficult book). Very odd stylistic things. How did a publisher decide it would sell? I've wondered this with McCarthy, too.
Edited: 10/19/06 12:00 AM
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Damn, I'm grouped with the sackless now. No wonder chicks don't dig me. *sighs*.
Edited: 11/27/06 12:00 AM
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"McCarthy is the best living American writer. no questions asked." Amen. The Fedor of the English language. His nobel is long long long long long overdue. Read every book by him, even Wake for Susan and another one of his short stories that were published in his high school newspaper. I actually checked on the book ground for the first time, curious if there'd be a thread about him. The Road is excellent, btw. Like Blood Meridian but with less of an academic commitment.
Edited: 11/28/06 12:00 AM
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McCarthy makes Fedor look like Shannon Ritch.
Edited: 12/6/06 12:00 AM
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The Judge = Fedor The kid = Sakuraba The man of the epilogue = Dana White Discuss.
Edited: 12/31/06 12:00 AM
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I was going to come to MMA tv and tell everyone to read "The Road." And I come here and find an entire Cormac McCarthy thread. Sometimes I don't give people who post on MMA tv enough credit. Maybe it's just the book forum. The Road is the most disturbing book I have ever read. I read "The Stand" in whe I was a sophmore in high school 24 years ago and I thought no other book could effect me the way that one did. Two decades (plus) and two children later The Road blows "The Stand" completely away. "The Road" makes "The Stand" look like a trip to the mall. I read it all in one sitting, and if you start, you will too. Just keep in mind that it's not a survival book. It's not supposed to be real. (I had to keep telling myself that anyway.) It's the authors view of the human condition. Good luck.
Edited: 1/1/07 12:00 AM
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I just saw Pursuit of Happiness, which reminded me of THe Road a bit.
Edited: 2/8/07 12:00 AM
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Read a review of the Road in Outside magazine last month and although I thought it sounded good I forgot about it until I read this thread last week. Loaded up bought Blood Meridian and I'm going to read it as soon as I finish the shitty book I'm reading right now.
Edited: 6/12/07 12:00 AM
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Any of you dopes see the Oprah interview he did? Really cool.
Edited: 6/13/07 12:00 AM
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I'll have to try Blood Meridian.
Edited: 7/8/07 12:00 AM
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"The Road" was a fantastic book!
Edited: 7/10/07 9:45 AM
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*double post :(
Edited: 7/10/07 12:00 AM
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"McCarthy is the best living American writer. no questions asked." NEgative. Gene Wolfe deserves that title. Unfortunatly, he writes fantasy, by which I mean the true sense of the word, fiction with fantastic elements, not fucking dwarves and elves or other Tolkien inspired nonsense, so he recieves little credit and attention from the mainstream crowd.
Edited: 7/10/07 12:00 AM
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Throw your favorite Wolfe paragraph on here, I'll top it bigtime with one from Cormac.
Edited: 7/11/07 12:00 AM
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"Throw your favorite Wolfe paragraph on here, I'll top it bigtime with one from Cormac" LOL, what? I've read McCarthy, and I've read Wolfe. Why don't you do the same and see who you prefer? THe above paragraph isn't that impressive. Its like something from Stephen King's Dark Tower series, just with a marginally better vocabulary.
Edited: 7/14/07 12:00 AM
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Still waiting on Sadyv's quote. You threw down the gauntlet, back it up biatch.