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Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy
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Jun 14, 12

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This, one of McCarthy’s earlier works, is clearly one of his best. Though I still have a few of his works left to read, this one stands alongside ‘Blood Meridian’ as a masterpiece. That is not to say that it is similar. There is what appears to be an early version of Judge Holden there, but the writing is different, more folksy and authentic to the land he describes. Cruelty and the rush to meting out death to strangers is on about the same level, even if with lower frequency, but there is sympathy here too, and longing that is simply not the topic of ‘Blood Meridian.’ This one seems a little closer to Faulkner, and it is in some places challenging, and everywhere very difficult to put down. ‘Child of God’ is next.
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