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  1. Is this book as good as everyone said it was?
  2. Although "The Crossing" does not concern itself with the characters from "All The Pretty Horses", the first part of Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy, it is set in the same Mexican and Texan badlands at about the same time and similarly concerns itself with a young man's rites of passage. A wolf has been preying on the livestock at the farm where Billy Parham and his younger brother, live. Billy eventually traps the wolf and, realising that it is not from the local area but across the Mexican border, resolves to return it to its native habitat. From initial mistrust, she-wolf and boy form
  3. First, a word of warning. Sticklers for precise grammar will throw this book across the room in frustration at Cormac McCarthy's, um, individual approach to punctuation. There are no speech marks. Apostrophes are few and far between, hence cant, dont and oclock. Nations and nationalities are in lower case (america, english etc.) except Mexico. If you feel this would spoil your appreciation of a novel don't pick this one up. However, you'd be missing out on some of the most stunningly powerful writing in modern American literature. In fact, the minimalist apporach to punctuation compleme
  4. I read this for my first real-life book group though I am a remote member and email my thoughts in - so not really real-life afterall! It absolutely is one of the best books I have read this year, if not ever, and you would do well to treat yourself to a copy. It's a very bleak tale of a man and a son making a hazardous journey along a road. And that's basically it plot-wise. The book is set in a sort of post-apocalyptic world, where nothing remains or has remained for many years. We are at one point, told that cows are extinct and the boy seems to know little of what the world used to be
  5. Most bookshops here (NZ) carry only two McCarthy books: recent prize winner The Road and recently adapted for film No Country For Old Men. Having read those two, I was glad to see Unity Bookshop had plenty of his older titles in stock. Child of God, first published 35 years ago, is just as good as the other two books I have read. Thankfully free of the grammatically annoying stylistic tics that mar his later works, this book actually has punctuation and justified paragraphs. Such an innocent world it was in 1973. The plot is important, but no more so than McCarthy's wondrous prose sty
  6. West Texas, 1980. Llewellyn Moss is out hunting when he comes across an abandoned car. Inside are two men, one dead and one very nearly so, and $2 million in cash. Unable to resist, Moss takes the money, the proceeds of a heroin deal, despite the danger he acknowledges he will now be in. As a precaution, he sends his wife away to her mother in El Paso. On his trail comes the psychopathic Anton Chigurh to recover the money, killing anyone who gets in his way. These activities attract the attention of Sheriff Bell, shortly to retire and, in effect, the old man of the title, decent upri
  7. This was McCarthy's first published dramatic writing, though he had written a screenplay before this. A play in 5 acts which details the lives of the Telfair family over a period of three years. At the centre of the play is Ben, son of Big Ben, and grandson of Papaw. There are actually 2 Bens present on stage the whole length of the play. And McCarthy who seems reluctant to give up his prose authorial control, provides quite detailed stage directions. He states that both Bens should look very similar but notably distinct. Not speaking at the same time for instance. So, we have Ben 1, who
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