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The Passenger Box Set: The Passenger, Stella Maris
The Passenger Box Set: The Passenger, Stella Maris

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1. The Passenger

The Passenger

2. The Road (Oprah’s Book Club)

The Road (Oprah

  • acclaimed Cormac McCarthy’s latest novel The Road
  • searing postapocalyptic novel

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Todd Templeman

I hate to give this book five stars.

I'm a father. I read The Road years ago when my son was nine. I honestly had no idea at the time that I was picking up a book about a father and his roughly nine year old son. That's not a spoiler, you find that out on the first page.

Look, Cormac McCarthy writes so well I actually come back to his books on my shelves and open them up randomly, just to read a page and soothe my brain. But he digs the knife in so deep. I've actually hesitated to review his books before because there is so much beauty in the writing I just don't have the first ability to get a sense of it across.

More than that. I actually resented him after finishing this book. I wanted to shake his hand and punch him in the face. Maybe that's why I waited so long to finally admit this book deserves any accolade I could give it.

I finished The Road while sitting on a plane in Hong Kong, waiting to take off in the rain. I was a grown man, struggling so hard not to sob out loud that I started to choke. You might want to try "All the Pretty Horses" first, or even "No Country for Old Men," but those will grip you, too. I've never seen the man pull a punch. I think it also might depend where you are in your life. Just take my advice, if you're a father and you have a young boy, hold off on this, or at least read it when no one is around.

William Edward Schenck

"The Road", is a story of unrelenting dread and nearly hopeless struggle. A father and his son are walking together in a postapocalyptic world heading to what they hope is salvation on the southern coast many miles away from where they are. They have major crosses to bare. They have to find food in a desolate landscape that suffered some catastrophic event that wiped out all living things but somehow not all humans. They have to defend themselves and avoid at all cost humans who have chosen cannibalism as a means of survival and they have to face the possibility that they are not going to find the hoped for promise land when they reach the ocean. The father and son represent the good in the world of evil. The author structured the story to highlight the father's unwavering love for his son and the son's innocent belief that there is still good in the world and that they are carrying the fire of hope. The poignancy of danger is present throughout the novel and is not lifted until the final few pages. If you can bare the melodrama the book is a stunning rendition of the deep loving bond between a parent and their child.


To say that The Road is a rather dark book would be quite the understatement....
As far as dystopian literature goes, this is quite a step.
The story of a father and his son, walking to the sea through a ravaged, cold and grey world, hoping to somehow, find a better place, doesn't leave much space for a happy ending. Bleak is truly bleak here, not a lot of silver linings!
And yet...and yet, this is a beautiful book.
The writing is fantastic, for starter. The style, with short and descriptive sentences, carries the story to perfection. It also has a poetic quality that softens what is said/described and gives it another dimension.
The real beauty of the novel isn't on the outside though, but resides inside, in the incredible bond uniting father and son, a love so deep and unconditional that it seems to erase age gap and life experience, to only focus on their desire to care for each other. This love and concomitant sense of humanity stripped to its essence, manage to give sense and meaning to their otherwise hopeless journey.
On a deeper level, it also seems to invite us to reflect on what makes a life meaningful: beyond a primal survival instinct, what makes life worth living even when there is no hope in sight? The Road's answer is that, ultimately, what matters isn't "what" makes your life, but "how" you choose to live that "what"...

3. The Passenger Box Set: The Passenger, Stella Maris

The Passenger Box Set: The Passenger, Stella Maris

4. Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (Vintage International)

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (Vintage International)

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The people who scoff at McCarthy, this book specifically, don't seem to understand his style. It's not that they're wrong to call it "hard to read" and "plotless". And I'm not trying to sound pretentious here. I agree with them semantically. It is not an easy to read piece, a normal article of literature that follows a smooth plot curve with complex, developing characters. It also isn't even cryptic poetry. I honestly think it's simpler than that. In the few interviews, and instances where he has been directly quoted, he explains it -- he's a naturalistic writer. He's simply narrating every second of a life in a real world. No one -- not him, not the characters, not us -- knows the plot. There is no plot in life. And his writing is very straight forward and flowing --"The judge walked." "They crossed the western edge of the playa." He's just taking you on a visual journey. And it's all a terrifyingly vivid journey, as close to reality as you can get. That's the beauty of it. Almost all literature distorts reality in some way for the sake of the "story" and what is supposed to be included in it. But real life is not a piece of literature. McCarthy captures real life. And it doesn't surprise me that he says his best friends are not writers but scientists. He hates writers. His idea of literature is almost that of scientific observation of humanity, and humanity's story is a strange and animalistic one, not some blocky cartoon.
I can tell you that I don't like his stuff for the same reasons as anyone else. I'm not going to sit and read it for the same reason I would read a non-fiction narrative or something. Life is short and you can't always devote hours of your time slogging through such a vivid record of one characters life, only to find no meaning at the end. But sometimes I want to, and I have to applaud McCarthy on being one of the only people who can open that door in the world of literature.

Matt Keyes

McCarthy is not an easy writer to simply pick up and read as has been hashed out all over the place. Yet, his style is oddly captivating for me. I've read a good number of his books (seven or eight or so), and, while they all tell an interesting an unique story as well as present (in my mind) a commentary on the human condition in various capacities, none come close to this book in terms of richness and the sense of an epic saga. Even The Road, a good read and loved by many, pales in comparison to this book.

This is not a book for everyone. McCarthy's unique style here present a view into a world that is seldom known or discussed. The Glanton Gang, a horror in its own right, is spelled out amongst beautiful landscapes and a vivid flow of words and vocabulary that is beautiful. You quickly the beauty and harshness of nature and the terrible capacity of mankind nestled within it.

Additionally, I don't typically discuss this book with friends. It is akin to discussing American Psycho - another important novel that is just as shocking in many respects. The Glanton Gang's murderous rampage through northern Mexico is not easy to digest. That said, McCarthy tells this important chapter of mankind's, especially America's, history in gory detail but in a captivating way that, to me, is somehow touching. Not touching in a soft way but a brutal reminder of what man can be when the elements of civilization, compassion, and such virtues are discarded.

I can understand why many would be put off by the style I suppose. Initially I found it humorous until I got into the "flow" that McCarthy presents. It is akin to watching a movie in your mind.

I am on my second read of this book after finally getting around to watching The Revenant. If you found that movie interesting then more than likely you will be enraptured by this novel. Highly recommended but be warned that it is not easy nor is it gentle.


Blood Meridian is one of the more misunderstood of American classics. Most people are just turned off by the whole thing. It fatigues them too quickly. They struggle keeping track of the storyline. The lack of quotations weirds them out. They don't understand the characters. So on and so on. For what it's worth, I don't blame people for not enjoying Blood Meridian if they have only read it once. And I'm not suggesting that one should be required to read a book multiple times in order to be qualified to say whether or not a book is good. My point is that this book simply requires revisiting because it's just a weird book. One kind of needs to acknowledge the unorthodoxy of Cormac McCarthy if they ever hope to make sense of his work. Those who revisit this book will be rewarded each time they do so. Each time you read it you make connections in your head that you hadn't made in previous bouts. It begins to flesh itself out if one gives it the time required. This rewards the reader because it lays before their eyes the myriad reasons this book is esteemed so highly.

I'm told that some people see the purpose of this book as nihilism, or intoned as if one pondered openly why they should be good in a bad world. I can see why people would come to this conclusion, but I'm not certain that this was McCarthy's point. I think this book goes another step further than either of these. Clearly, the books central theme is "WAR," which is the result of will-to-power conflict, which of course stems from pride (esteeming oneself more highly than someone/anyone/everyone else). We see throughout the duration of this story arc - from the teenage skirmishes of "The Kid" in Louisiana, to the Glanton Gang and their murderous exploits, to the final Yuma retaliation - example after example of absolute disregard for the other is shed before the reader in a manner that orders reality into dualism, where "I/thou" is replaced with "I/IT". Humanity is erased when one removes all traces of humanity from whom one kills. When one makes a god of oneself, one esteems oneself over some/all others. When one sees some/all others as below him, he liquidates the humanity of some/all. The theme of this book is thus both WAR and Injustice. Pride creates Injustice. Injustice creates WAR. Judge Holden does more than speak blasphemy when he declares WAR to be god. He proclaims himself - he being the symbol of WAR and all of its roots and tendrils - to be god. He is the ultimate example of sociopathic wickedness. He represents all the worst traits in human horror, while possessing all of its most charming. He represents the wickedness which mankind inflicts upon mankind, because mankind can never stop liquidating humanity from itself. He says that he will never die. This is to be so, if the saying engraved on Holden's rifle - Et en Arcadia Ego - means anything. Judge Holden will never die because mankind will never stop making war against itself.

This book is a deeply challenging read. Don't try it for a casual read. It's not meant to be read that way.

5. Stella Maris

Stella Maris

6. No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men

  • Vintage Books USA

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Joseph Walter

As a stand-alone book, it's a terrific read in its own right. (See other reviews for the great plot, characters, etc.) What I wish I'd known before buying, though: there is very little difference between the book and the 2007 movie of the same title (which won Best Picture at that year's Academy Awards). That the movie-makers (Joel and Ethan Coen) found that they could just lift the screenplay from the book-- nearly without edits-- is a big credit to the author: McCarthy's imagery, dialog, descriptions of landscapes and people, and plot-pacing (and much more) made embellishment by the movie-makers barely necessary. So as a huge fan of the movie, I grabbed the book hoping to get more of the back-story around the main characters (especially Chigurh) and sew-up a few plot-holes-- the kind of details I imagine movie directors and editors must cut out to keep the movie to a ~2-hr running-time. While I was disappointed (in that respect) after reading the book, that's not at all a criticism. Great Book. 5-stars. Just don't expect it to be a "deeper dive" into the story as told by the movie.

Dee Arr

This book is built around the premise that any one of us can think we are making a good decision only to later find out the depths of how bad that decision actually was. Llewelyn Moss chose to take a suitcase full of money from a drug deal gone bad, thinking he would never get caught…and it all goes downhill from there.

This was my first Cormac McCarthy book, suggested by a friend who well knows my penchant for Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style.” Commas are a rare breed, and quotation marks were extinct long before this book was written. Even so, the author’s style is fairly easy to understand, and the story drives this book anyhow. The down-home conversations reveal a lot about the characters, and the interludes with Sheriff Bell (where it seems as if he is speaking directly to us) tell us everything we want to know about the man, and more.

Mr. McCarthy balances multiple characters, allowing each to share the main stage and have their moment to shine as the book races to an unexpected climax. The plot examines motivations, particularly why different people make different decisions and the underlying currents that cause or force them to continue, right or wrong, to embrace whatever path was chosen. These moments are very revealing, and it is interesting to view each character’s interpretation of what is ethical behavior. This is not a speed read. The author’s style arm-twists us into slowing down, and for that I am grateful. Five stars.

thomas templeton

Unfortunately, I watched the movie prior to reading the book and I have to admit the book holds its own to a superb Coen Brothers film. McCarthy
writes a hard, cold, mean prose almost devoid of heroes. He juxtaposes good, decent ordinary human beings up against the 21st centuries' Hannibal Lecter only this psychopath has absolutely no charm nor charisma nor overpowering intellect. Anton Chigur is a psychopath with only one saving grace; he is as relentlessly ruthless and savage as death. Read the book and maybe you'll root for the sheriff or the man who stole the dope deal gone bad's brief case full of drug money. It is a truly remarkable and enjoyable book.. The 20th century had Hannibal Lecter, a suave and brilliant psychopath. The 21st century has Anton Chigur, a frozen creature without even a hint of a soul. Take your pick: charm and great taste or the bloodless soulless threat of a great white shark on the hunt.

7. Suttree


  • Vintage

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Like Faulkner, there is a complexity to the writing that takes some adjustment. But unlike any other work of McCarthy's I have read, this stays deep, does not engage in inordinate gratuitous violence, and though there is occasional comic relief, for the most part there is a worthy sense of gravity,. I hated when the book ended because I did not want to lose my connection to the protagonist, Cornelius (Sut) Suttree. He is such a compelling character - he has enormous capacity to understand people, accept them with their foibles, help when he can, but not push where he cannot. He has child-like qualities but he is in no way a child. My favorite example of his greatness is when he doles out his refusals carefully to the beggar who offers him potatoes, but still manages to give that beggar fish without making him feel a charity-case. He befriends the friendless, and finds his greatest comfort being with the poor. I believe him Christ-like except he is not a proponent of any religious perspective. I got this copy for a friend - but I keep mine handy. I read this book every few years. This is my favorite book - and I am always surprised that it is Cormac McCarthy who wrote it since except for The Road, I have liked nothing else he has written.

La Yhadira

Cormac McCarthy is an extraordinarily naturalistic writer. Put simply, his writing is perfection; it is so true to the patterns of life that it immediately conjures up ordinary scenes but with a mythic quality attached to them. The writing represents life in such a way that you can't help but look back on the myriad moments in your own life in which you were bored or unenthused, and then regret your ever having taken those moments for granted.

Suttree is so finely written that I envisioned every single corrugated landscape and flash of character interiority as if they were happening in the far stretches beyond my own backyard. A book like this is the ultimate corrective to the spiritual poverty that has permeated many book subcultures today.

McCarthy is nothing less than a titan, one of the last true giants of American literary fiction. He is my absolute favorite writer and I am so, so grateful for his work. It has fashioned so many moments of transcendence in my own life that I can manage to describe them only with the language of religious experience.

If you commune with Harold Bloom, if you value serious literature, then you will enjoy Suttree. I will revisit Blood Meridian and Child of God - and read every other book and short story McCarthy has ever written.


I used to love Dan Brown. Once I read the Da Vinci code I went back and read everything he'd ever written. I felt like the descriptions I was reading put me right there in Rome, or Venice, or the Vatican. But then I discovered Cormac McCarthy (and Daniel Wooodrell) and I feel like I've been taken to the next level in terms of literature. Any paperback at the airport now falls short of my new standard and I'm a better person because of it. I still enjoy Dan Brown in it's place, but I use him as an example because his books are very enjoyable. I can't believe most of the other best selling authors have ever gotten published. But if you thought Dan Brown could take you to the Vatican, wait until Cormac McCarthy takes you to Knoxville!

Set along-side the putrid river, Suttree takes you to a time and place you'd probably not care to be a part of, but when observed from the comfort of your armchair, it's "country noir" at it's finest. Unforgettable characters from the terrifying to the hilarious. Side trips and diversions lest you ever start to get tunnel blindness, descriptive prose that is just'll see every wart, smell every noxious gas, taste every bitter drop of shine, feel every punch.

A fantastic low-brow epic adventure, told by a master story teller. You won't regret reading this.

8. Child of God (Vintage International)

Child of God (Vintage International)

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Robert Jacoby

Up front: I'm a big fan of Cormac McCarthy. I've been reading his novels over the years, sort of working backwards. This is his earliest work I've read yet. I knew the disturbing subject matter going in (killer necrophiliac running loose in the Southern countryside), but, still, I wasn't prepared for what McCarthy can do with prose in such a stomach-churning setting.

The story is simple: It's the mid-20th century in the mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee. Lester Ballard becomes dispossessed, left to wander the countryside. A man not quite right in the head. As the story goes on Lester becomes more and more...let's say "unhinged" in his dealings with people, particularly women and girls.

The writing is classic McCarthy. He makes you feel what you're reading. And this is a short novel, which makes its reading all the more difficult because it is so compressed. (I read it over two days.) The language is beautiful and uplifting; the story is grotesque and disquieting. What a dichotomy. The theme, to my reading, is because it just is that way (it's a common McCarthy theme). Some children for glory; some children for fire. Is Ballard a child of God? The same as other creatures inhabiting this world, yes. Even as McCarthy writes: "a child of God much like yourself perhaps." (That's a fresh take on the idiom "There but for the grace of God go I.") Perhaps. Likely not. Lester Ballard becomes a sick, twisted child, a fiend dwelling in caves and haunting the townsfolk. Who among us would stoop to this? Precious few, thank God. But there still is the theme: it could be you, but for the grace of God. Yes, there are moments throughout this novel of cruelty and barbarity and psychopathy/sociopathy; but there are also heart-rending moments of tender clarity--yes, I mean for Ballard. A broken vessel can cry to the heavens; McCarthy makes this monster human, all too human, like us, and that's the real horror.

For me, McCarthy is America's greatest living novelist, and this early work of his shows how he was developing his craft. You can see some elements here that he used in such later (and fuller and finer) works as No Country for Old Men and Blood Meridian. But this work stands alone as an eyepiece on one child turned loose to be sick and to sicken the world.

Eclectic Reader

Many years before the horrifying, realistic violence of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2005) and the grim post-apocalyptic THE ROAD (2006), Cormac McCarthy wrote his third novel, CHILD OF GOD (1973), providing readers a pen-light beam on a path through a very dark landscape indicating what was to come. CHILD OF GOD contains many of the characteristics readers now identify with the Pulitzer Prize winner who, arguably, ranks among America’s finest living novelists.

Set in the backwoods of East Tennessee and allegedly based partially on a series of true-life murders outside Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1963, CHILD OF GOD is simply terrifying. It tells the story of twenty-seven-year-old Lester Ballard who people say “never was right after his daddy killed himself” when Lester “was about nine or ten.” As an adult, Lester is a loner. He is unliked, distrusted, and all but shunned by others. When his childhood home, such as it is, is auctioned off against his will, Lester finds himself without shelter, totally alone, and his devolution as a human being begins and it rapidly escalates.

McCarthy’s attributes as a writer as seen in the novel are numerous. Readers quickly get accustomed to and accept the author’s minimal, concise, and quirky style of writing (he never uses quotation marks for dialogue) because the author’s prose is consistently at a very high level and so carefully considered. The author convincingly recreates the culture, speech, and way of life of the rural, isolated mountain folk of Sevier County. Regardless of the events which take place, McCarthy chronicles them in a stoic, objective fashion. There is clearly no intent to titillate or inflate the proceedings which occupy the plot of the story and turn it into a horror novel. There is also no effort to make them less shocking than they are or to protect the reader from truly dreadful occurrences. Throughout, McCarthy proves himself a master of imagery and metaphor (the continued return to and emergence from caves is a perfect example).

Lester Ballard becomes a scavenger, struggling to survive without benefit of man-made shelter or companionship. In spite of being almost child-like at times and seeming mentally deficient to most, Lester possesses an incredible amount of willpower and skill in the wild. Less readers begin to find too much sympathy for the character, McCarthy, when least expected, has Lester commit one vile offense after another, each one worse than the last. If his actions are motivated by a sense of want or need, revenge against those who did him wrong or even life in general, one would have a better understanding of him. However, Lester goes from a would-be survivor to a marauding, one-man force of evil, seemingly totally amoral, and capable of extraordinary, self-serving deviance with no remorse, even entering the realms of necrophilia and the real-life horror, Ed Gein. In spite of McCarthy’s ironic title of the book, it is virtually impossible to see Lester as a “child of god” compared to other human beings. However, as it becomes clear to others a crime spree is taking place within their community and Lester is responsible, those who hunt him do so with more than a dedication to justice, but with ruthlessness and deadly intent. In their pursuit to end Lester’s deviant, immoral behavior, they begin to sink to his level. Hence, it is possible to read into McCarthy’s novel a statement about the extremes which can be found in both human nature as well as the very complexion of any possible divinity.

Although CHILD OF GOD is thirty-eight years old at this time, it is, unfortunately, a story of our current times. All of the needless violence, the lack of remorse, the hate, the selfishness, the lack of concern for others, the vigilantism and disregard for proper justice in the novel has existed throughout our history and like a tide, rises and falls and rises again. As McCarthy writes: “You could say that he’s [Lester] sustained by his fellow men, like you. Has peopled the shore with them calling to him. A race that gives suck to the maimed and the crazed, that wants their wrong blood in its history and will have it.”

The conclusion of CHILD OF GOD is as traumatizing and coolly presented as the earlier events in the novel. The visual images it leaves readers with is staggering, gruesome, tragic, and unforgettable. Complete with flashes of dark humor and vivid, carefully chosen language, CHILD OF GOD is not a comfortable read, but McCarthy’s proficiencies as a great writer are unquestionable. [NOTE: CHILD OF GOD was filmed in 2013. The film was directed by James Franco from a screenplay written by himself and Vince Jolivette. Scott Haze stars as Lester Ballard.]


I can't remember the last time a read an entire book in just a few hours. I'll admit, this being my first Cormac Mccarthy read, it was a little difficult to get into the groove of his writing style but once I did I couldn't stop. I had been waiting in anticipation for this book, and I'm sure that's in part why I was so eager to find out what Lester was going to do next, but I truly enjoyed it. A strange tale of Appalachian murder, mayhem, rape and incest. I even felt like I caught a glimpse of a past long lost, of simpler times, where simple folk enjoyed simple country life... a scene where Lester basically haggles with a shopkeeper over the money owed on his tab sticks out in my mind. A great read for those of us with a morbid curiosity.

9. The Border Trilogy: All the Pretty Horses, the Crossing, Cities of the Plain (Everyman’s Library)

The Border Trilogy: All the Pretty Horses, the Crossing, Cities of the Plain (Everyman

  • Everyman s Library

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For the me three novels are unquestionably 5/5, but this review is more about this particular edition. It is a high quality, clothbound hardcover with a well made dust jacket. The paper is high quality and the print / font is perfect. It's big but not giant, too, so you can read it without it being unwieldy. This is THE edition to have. Great price point since you're getting all three books. 5 / 5, very easy rating to give.

C. M Mills

Cormac McCarthy was born in Providence Rhode Island in 1932. He has lived in Texas and Knoxville Tennessee among other cities. He is one of our greatest American novelist whose writing bears the influence of such masters as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. His prose is taut and laconic as he knows well the speech patterns of cowboys living in New Mexico and on the Mexican border. He is most known for his Blood Meridian and No Country for Old Men and The Road his apocalyptic novel of a father and son. However this trio of novels published in a beautiful edition by Everyman Press was my first experience reading him. The book contains all three works and runs to a little over 1000 pages. The novels are:
All the Pretty Horses-Young teenager John Grady Cole's family horses are stolen and he and his brother Boyd travel to Mexico in order to find them. Along they way they meet a boy named Blevins. What ensues are beautifully lush descriptions of the harsh Mexican landscapes, violence and tragedy. A great novel.
The Crossing-Billy Parham is a teenager who rescues a wild female wolf from a trap., He decides to return her to her home in Mexico. He is joined by his younger brother Boyd. In Mexico the boys encounter women, Mexican natives who share their life philosophy and murder. A grim sober saga of American during the World War II years.
Cities of the Plain-Billy Parham and John Grady Cole are working together on a ranch, The novel focuses on the abilities of Grady to break horses and his tragic love affair with a young Mexican prostitute.
The novels contain a good deal of Spanish language dialogue and the author does not follow standard punctuation. His novels are beautifully written though and he stands tall as a great American author.

Sir Charles Panther

"The task of the narrator is not an easy one . . ."

And so I continue to work my way slowly through McCarthy's brilliance. There is no order or plan to my approach: I just take them as they come to me, as the quoted title advises.

This is a reader's dream, 1,020 hard-bound pages, with an embroidered gold satin placekeeper. This is a book to keep and treasure, that you will read again, and that you will want to pass on (ideally to a son), maybe adding your own note to the lovely dedication, almost hidden in the back pages.

My father, dead three years now, read 

10. The Crossing: Book 2 of The Border Trilogy

The Crossing: Book 2 of The Border Trilogy

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Killer Is Me

I have finished the trilogy and I highly recommend you do the same. You can read All The Pretty Horses and The Crossing in whichever order you prefer, although the timeline of The Crossing takes place before Horses and so that's the order I read them in. Both books are equally excellent. Horses, while certainly not upbeat, is much brighter than The Crossing, which is bleak. Very, very bleak. Cities Of the Plain includes characters from both the first two books and there are occasional references to things that occurred in them so that book should be last.

I read Blood Meridian a few years ago and I hated it. Perhaps I wasn't in the mood for it, but I remember thinking at the time how McCarthy was trying so hard to be the southwestern version of Faulkner and how nobody should try to emulate Faulkner because that kind of greatness can't be reproduced. But now that I've read three more McCarthy books I have to admit - he's damn good. So I'll go back and read Blood Meridian again, right after I finish Suttree.

You'll have to sort through the conversations in the books on your own. By that I mean there are no "Billy said" this or that - it's left to you to know who's speaking. There are no quotation marks either. Again, it's for you to follow along and know what's what. If you can't do that you shouldn't be reading these books in the first place.

Two things to be aware of: first, the author takes off on tangents sometimes. The tangents are interesting for the most part and usually involve someone else's story but I found in a few instances I lost track of where the main story was. I got it back after only a sentence or two, but still, I got lost in the secondary story. There is another type of tangent where McCarthy just rambles a bit. Those I attributed to late-night bourbon writing. The second thing to be aware of are the sentences and sometimes whole conversations that are in Spanish. If you speak the language you are fine, but if you don't and are interested in what is being said you will need to translate (the Kindle does this). If you have no means of translation you will miss what's being said but after a few more sentences it will become apparent.

That's about it. Read the trilogy and expect to be caught up in them, but also know the author will not be spoon-feeding you.

John P. Jones III

This is the second volume of Cormac McCarthy's aptly named "Border Trilogy." After a reading of the first, 

Denny cranford

I love Cormac MaCarthy and was very excited to get the sequels to “all the pretty horses.”
In typical McCarthy style the protagonist Billy Parnan’s sentimentality for animals and his younger brother override his outwardly calm and pragmatic demeanor. When his desire to save a helpless hunted predator takes him into Mexico and heartbreak.
Upon his return home he takes on the responsibility he left behind.
This book is better ( if possible) than “all the pretty horses.”
McCarthy is a master at crafting the written word. His writing brings to mind the show biz saying “ always leave them wanting more.”
I bought more. See my review of the final book of the series.

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Sometimes the product you purchase needs customer support and that’s important. So it’s better to check their official website and support system. How faster their response is and how helpful they are.

So support depends on your product type and services. You should define the product and how consistent customer support you will be needing or not.

Product Price

Product price plays an important role in purchase decisions. Yes, some products provide real value for the money, but it does not mean high price product is always good. But you know money talks and a product with better price, chances are the product is good.


The customer reviews compiled above helped you to understand the pros and cons of the product. Customers review helps to take decision real quick. It saves your time and effort. So you got some idea on cormac mccarthy books, That is our happiness.

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