OtherGround Forums Thoughts on Cormac McCarthy

Edited: 12/14/07 12:00 AM
05/20/2002
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One part that stuck out the most for me in Blood Meridian was when the bear was shot in the saloon towards the end of the novel. Is it wrong that I thought this was the saddest scene in the whole book? I mean, I know it was largly symbolic and there were plenty of other scenes of death and depravity. But, that poor bear. All he knew how to do was dance. Even after he had been shot and the music stopped, he still kept dancing. What a sad doomed dance before death.
Edited: 1/11/08 12:00 AM
03/13/2002
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Great thread. I just finished The Road and haven't been able to stop hugging my two kids. That book is sure to stay with me for awhile. Judging by this thread my second McCarthy book should be Blood Meridian?
Edited: 1/12/08 12:00 AM
01/01/2001
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All the Pretty Horses is my favorite out of the 3 books I've read so far. I liked the Road. I think? I couldn't stop reading it and when I finished it I was kind of sick to my stomach. Blood Meridian, well everyone says it's like Moby Dick. It's overly long, boring at times, and when I finished I thought "what in the fuck did I miss?" Since I couldn't make heads nor tails of it. I'm going to read the rest of the Border Trilogy once I finish a few other books I've got laying about.
Edited: 1/14/08 12:00 AM
01/01/2001
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I'm currently reading Blood Meridian, initially i had a dictionary in hand the entire time, but i gave that up. I think I'd never finish the book if i kept looking up words
Edited: 3/4/08 12:00 AM
06/07/2002
Posts: 1360
Just finished The Road. Wow, what a book. Much easier to read than Blood Meridian. I finished it in about 3 sittings. Really a book to get lost in. He makes you feel like youre a part of that world. One thing I found interesting; As I look back at the book, I think it should have been really boring, but it wasnt. At all. Any thoughts on why that is, and has anyone else noticed that?
Edited: 4/22/08 12:00 AM
2/23/02
Posts: 2566
"The Road" was a fantastic book!"

I don't really understand all the hype surrounding this book. I've read quite a few post-apocalyptic thrillers and this one is just sub-par.

I found the book to be 280 pages of the same old crap.

You ok?

Yes.

Are you sure?

Yes.

I'm hungry.

No, you are starving.

We are the good guys right?

Sure, we are carrying the fire!

Are you sure?

Yes.

Rinse/Repeat another 200 times.

Luckily there was the occasional intelligence filled, over descriptive paragraph to break up the monotony.

The best part about the book was that it over as quick as it started.
Edited: 4/22/08 12:00 AM
6/7/02
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"I've read quite a few post-apocalyptic thrillers and this one is just sub-par." Please suggest a couple. I enjoyed "The Road ", but Im definitely open to something new. Thanks.
Edited: 4/22/08 12:00 AM
2/23/02
Posts: 2568
Lucifer's Hammer is one of my favorites. Tops in the catagory, imo. (great pointers for survival too)

Swan Song was also pretty good. With "The Road" and "LH", these books allow you to feel like you could be there. SwanSong is more "fiction", but still a good story.

"Dies the fire" also puts an interesting twist on traditional Post-Apoc struggles. Decent series started with this one.
Edited: 4/22/08 12:00 AM
6/7/02
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Cool, Thx. Ill check those out.
Edited: 4/26/08 12:00 AM
7/15/05
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Cormac McCarthy is the man. Best living American author bar none. Do like Q_None's parody though.
5/28/08 9:36 AM
10/13/03
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I thought the road was excellent. Took a bit to get going, then hard to put down.
5/30/08 7:20 PM
4/23/08
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Here's an article in the NY Times about the movie adaption of "The Road" I posted on the UG, if anyone's interested.

I was skeptical at first but when they cast Viggo Mortenson and got the director of "The Proposition", I decided it might be good

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/27/movies/27road.html?ex=1369540800&en=d49b5ad71f558460&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

 

5/31/08 8:47 PM
10/13/03
Posts: 164
Kneeblock -

It's been nearly 9 months and I'm just easing into the final 80 pages of BLOOD MERIDIAN. What a journey!


I took a lot of breaks though and read other stuff. Reading it in one sitting is like reading the whole Bible!




I hear yah. I'm 1/3 of the way through the book. I haven't picked it up for about a month. I have a little difficulty keeping track of the characters.
9/18/08 12:27 PM
8/13/02
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TTT for Adam.
10/2/08 12:24 PM
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 Lucifers Hammer is my fav Post Apocolyptic novel and its set here where I live which makes it even better.
10/4/08 10:11 PM
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yeah oprah sucked in that interview (im sure shes equally as bad even with no talent and stupid celebs) but horrible, the whole time she was trying to affirm that she was intelligent to him, which came off very unintelligent and just bad interviewing skills
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the judge would not have bred with that negress
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9/28/09 10:59 PM
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TTT again.

No reason this thread should drop.
9/29/09 1:10 AM
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 ttt I agree.
10/1/09 11:20 PM
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ttmft + 100

Cormac = Fedor

Humble, honest, does his own thing, is the fucking greatest and doesn't give a fuck about "approval"

His biography and lifestyle are as impressive as his words.
10/1/09 11:55 PM
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HardHittingHeeb - His biography and lifestyle are as impressive as his words.


Yeah his lifestyle is real impressive (yes i know he hangs out at some think tank in new mexico) but there is nothing impressive (in fact its pretty fucking selfish) to have an 11 year old son at 75 years old. Im guesstimating the ages, but thats fucked up.
10/2/09 1:12 AM
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groundfighter2000 - 
HardHittingHeeb - His biography and lifestyle are as impressive as his words.


Yeah his lifestyle is real impressive (yes i know he hangs out at some think tank in new mexico) but there is nothing impressive (in fact its pretty fucking selfish) to have an 11 year old son at 75 years old. Im guesstimating the ages, but thats fucked up.


Kinda true I guess. But before that he was a role model, the last of the writers who wrote for writing's sake.
11/16/09 2:46 AM
8/23/09
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the crossing from the border series was the one that made me get into mccarthy.
11/20/09 9:36 PM
4/23/08
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For any fans, this is a very cool interview I just came across

A few interesting things:

-- he DID originally write "No Country" as a screenplay. Later he dug it up and made it a novel. I always thought it read like a movie (before it was made into a film), makes sense now

-- he lobbies for a "Blood Meridian" movie, thinks it could be great if the right person does it

-- talks about his next novel he's working on


http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052748704576204574529703577274572-lMyQjAxMDA5MDIwMDEyNDAyWj.html