Cormac Mccarthy


I cannot find a crtical essay on, " The Crossing", does anyone have any ideas where I could find this or where i could find a review??

>>By bookworm03   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:58)

ME EITHER!!! any ideas anyone?

>>By stacey4lr   (Wednesday, 23 Apr 2003 21:47)

I read "The Road" recently and lent it to a friend. He had read "Blood Meridian" and "The Crossing" but "The Road" was tough going for him and me too. It seems like McCarthy has come to the end of the road and is not very optimistic about what lies ahead. But then, when you get to the end. Where is there to go?

>>By mythster   (Friday, 23 Mar 2007 14:27)

I read The Road in one sitting - on a flight from Sacramento to Atlanta - and was in love with every word. I found it to be pure genius. I don't think the book has anything to do with what McCarthy is personally feeling about the prospects of "what lies ahead." If it did then I would say he has great hopes for the future; after all the book ended with the boy finding a family to grow in. I got the distinct feeling that the end of The Road was the rebirth of civilization through the boy. It was a terrifying and beautiful read. Worth every moment I spent gulping it down on a cross-country flight.

>>By VoraciousBibliovore   (Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 17:40)

Just finished "No Country for Old Men" and was very satisfied. I find that it's a soon to be released movie (maybe already as of 27 November, 2007.)
Based on this read I obtained "The Road," "All the Pretty Horses," "The Crossing" and "Cities of the Plain."
I've got a feeling that these won't be the only McCarthy publications I will be reading.

>>By Windwoodtrader   (Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 02:48)

I'm insane over McCarthy!

I'd never really given him a chance because I thought he wrote Westerns, but my boyfriend assured me that I'd like him. . .

Blood Meridian is hands down my favorite! It's brilliant. I've never loved a villain as much as I love Judge Holden. He's mythical. Gigantic. Omnipresent. I also love how McCarthy manages to make even the heroes into villains. I bought Blood Meridian for my grandfather last X-mas. I sent it to my brother while he was in jail las year. I'd recommend it to anyone. . .

Some of my other favorites are Outer Dark, The Road, and Child of God, all of which make desolation terrifying.

One final note: I love that Oprah chose The Road for her book club! I love thinking of all of those middle aged women reading that book. . .

>>By drowninginflame   (Friday, 14 Dec 2007 05:53)

Coming into the knowledge of Cormack McCarthy through the theatrical release of "No Country For Old Men" (which I actually haven't seen yet), I checked out a copy of "Child of God" from the Seattle Public Library, and I have to say that I was totally blown away...his writing is very spartan and very seminal, and McCarthy is my new shiny thing that I've found.

"Child of God" was excellent, I think it's a very bold commentary on the condition of Man and I hope people people who read it don't simply absorb the sensational acts that take place, but recognize what he says about what motivates us all and really enjoy the artisan work that it is.
Wow - - what a big sentence that was!

In all, it it took me a total of perhaps twenty-four hours to read it, in three or four sittings. One of them was a dusk-til-dawn stretch where I shrugged off notions of sleeping in order to continue reading - - I HIGHLY recommend this to everyone.

>>By polyesterbrown   (Monday, 17 Dec 2007 04:40)

He is an extremely intense writer. A word craftsman. I've read most of his work but nothing prepared me for it. "All the Pretty Horses" simply stunned me and I was hooked. I could not get through "Sutree" however. "No Country for an Old Man" and "The Road" show him at the top of his form, but still, for me, "Horses" is is best book.

>>By crazyhorse   (Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 17:03)

Undoubtedly one the best writers of our time, McCarthy has a style and message that can shake readers right out of their boots and yet there is nothing sensationalist about him. "Pretty Horses" may be his best work but I have yet to read any of his work that wasn't top level.

>>By mythster   (Monday, 22 Sep 2008 04:10)

I read The Road, and actually found it quite hard to get on with. I finished it and liked it, but it didn't exactly carry my along for some reason. Then I read Child of God and liked that one more. He has a very minimalist style of writing, but every now and then there's a snatch of something very poetic and profound that really catches you off guard.

>>By Flagg   (Wednesday, 24 Sep 2008 13:34)

McCarthy grows on you. My first read was No Country for Old Men which I enjoyed immensely but not until I was almost through it. Then I couldn't put it down. The next was The Road. This book I will never forget. Although I read it years ago I have almost total recollection on it. My next was All the Pretty Horses- Made into a movie- Very true to the novel BTW. Well done. Blood Meridian was next. Somewhat surreal but I was captivated here as well. More but I won't bore you.

This guy was totally ignored for most of his life quite literally living out of his car- Wives left him- Spurned attention- Sold book rights for a song- Looks like and lives like a hermit. Writes in a style many find impossible to read (I have no problem) and will be remembered as one of the most important authors of both the 19th and 20th centuries as well as the 21st- Maybe.

I think he's the reincarnation of Edgar Allan Poe.

>>By Windwoodtrader   (Sunday, 10 May 2009 00:27)

No one currently uses the English langauge with such depth, power, creativity and precision.

>>By ozejohn   (Saturday, 7 Aug 2010 03:16)

If you tried to read Suttree and had some trouble with it, try it again. I re-read that book after years of having discovered it and really enjoyed it, although the end is quite depressing. Some great stories in it, however, and that is the case with most of his books. There are a few small "short stories" in each of them that could actually stand on their own quite nicely.

>>By keeth   (Monday, 9 Dec 2013 23:07)

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