Okay. This cover ruined Daemon and Katy for me from Jennifer Armentrout's Lux series, but I'll give the book a shot anyway. This cover model dude is jOkay. This cover ruined Daemon and Katy for me from Jennifer Armentrout's Lux series, but I'll give the book a shot anyway. This cover model dude is just way too gorgeous and the story sounds fun....more
And the dreamer himself was caught up among the supplicants and when they had been blessed and the sun begun to blacken he did push forward and hold u
And the dreamer himself was caught up among the supplicants and when they had been blessed and the sun begun to blacken he did push forward and hold up his hand and call out. Me, he cried. Can I be cured? The prophet looked down as if surprised to see him there amidst such pariahs. The sun paused. He said: Yes, I think perhaps you will be cured. Then the sun buckled and dark fell like a shout.
If you're a McCarthy reader, you're well aware that his work isn't particularly the best to chain read. It's brilliant, but it's tough to digest. I always have to take my time and absorb it all, revel in it without drowning, because it takes me to such a raw, detached place. And yet when I'm reading it, I feel connected despite the isolation.
Outer Dark isn't my favorite of his, but I'm giving it 5 stars just for the sake of the sheer genius of it all. I felt like this was one of his darkest pieces, although I've yet to read Child of God and have heard that it's a valid contender. But between the classic elements of Southern Gothic lit and the underlying themes here, I definitely felt it was one of his darkest, and by the last page, I was once again rendered speechless. I just gave that last page a blank stare for a few minutes...and then proceeded to wipe the drool away.
And then it hit me...
This is completely insane. I mean that in the best way possible, of course.
Really, the story is insane. It involves incest, cannibalism, and a weighty biblical redemptive theme, with enough gritty power to knock the breath right out of you just a few pages in.
I can't decide which character is more interesting--Holme or Rinthy. While the story follows both their journeys, Holme is center stage. He can't seem to escape what's he done--or hasn't done--and the sin he's committed follows him in trails of bad luck wherever he goes. I could go on an on about each of his interactions throughout the story, but then I'd be here all day.
All I know is...by the time he encounters the three terrifying strangers with the child and has a run-in with the blind man, his fate is evident and everything comes full circle, and by that point in the game, I was spent.
Can he be saved? Does he even want to be? What did it all mean in the first place, and did it even have to happen? Does it mean nothing? If it does, then what does THAT mean? Where is the hand of God--if there is one--and is it loving or vindictive, just or unjust, sane or insane, and would he even recognize it if it hit him square in the eyes?
I think the very last line sums it all up:
He wondered where the blind man was going and did he know how the road ended. Someone should tell a blind man before setting him out that way.
Outer Dark--like all of McCarthy's work--is not for the faint of heart. If you love Southern Gothic and want to ponder the meaning of life, good and evil, and the nature of humanity, this is an absolutely amazing work of art and is well worth your time....more