In this taut, chilling novel, Lester Ballard a violent, dispossessed man falsely accused of rape haunts the hill country of East Tennessee when he is released from jail While telling his story, Cormac McCarthy depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humor, and characteristic lyrical brilliance.
Child of God In this taut chilling novel Lester Ballard a violent dispossessed man falsely accused of rape haunts the hill country of East Tennessee when he is released from jail While telling his story Cormac
The dumpkeeper had spawned nine daughters and named them out of an old medical dictionary gleaned from the rubbish he picked Uretha, Cerebella, Hernia Sue.They moved like cats and like cats in heat attracted surrounding swains to their midden until the old man used to go out at night and fire a shotgun at random just to clear the air He couldn t tell which was the oldest or what age and he didn t know whether they should go out with boys or not Like cats they sensed his lack of resolution They w [...]
Were there darker provinces of night he would have found them There is a quote by David Foster Wallace that good fiction s job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable Cormac McCarthy s trim third novel, Child of God, is an optimal example of this sentiment, as it manages to provide the counterparts of the both comfortable and disturbed elements within the reader by offering them an unflinching portrait of baseness and demanding reaction The short novel chronicles the hellish desc [...]
film of the book update None other than James I m handsome and I can do anything Franco directed a version of this last year I just saw it and damn, James, I hate to say this but it was really good And faithful Really great performance by Scott Haze as Lester You probably shouldn t watch it while you eat your tea nor should you be watching it with any elderly relatives but if you know what the story is about you probably would not do that Unless you want to kill them off with shock and horror Th [...]
FIGLI DI UN DIO MINORE Mi colpisce nell opera di McCarthy il ruolo che sempre affidato alla natura grande coprotagonista di tutte le storie, dura, selvaggia, violenta, ostica, ma non cattiva, non maligna racchiude la colpa e il peccato, e una sua qualche redenzione Questa e le due immagini che seguono sono prese dal film omonimo scritto, diretto e co interpretato da James Franco nel 2013, mai uscito in Italia, e mai uscito in un sacco di altri paesi il film ha partecipato a qualche festival, ma [...]
There is something inherently wrong with Lester Ballard As he skulks through the backwoods of Eastern Tennessee, a hunting rifle is his only companion Ballard s skewed thinking, awkward ways, and repugnant proclivities render him unfit to be around other people Darkly disturbing, fascinating and repellent Another walk in the dark with Cormac McCarthy This is his territory.
Child of God Cormac McCarthy s OutcastFirst edition, Random House, New York, New York, 1973 He moves in the dry chaff among the dust and slats of sunlight with a constrained truculence Saxon and Celtic bloods A child of God much like yourself perhaps.The setting is Sevier County, Tennessee, in the 1960s Our protagonist is twenty seven He is an orphan His life between the suicide of his father and the loss of his home is an unanswered question We are dropped into his story in medias res in the fi [...]
HE SEEZ DEAD PEOPLE THEN FUCKS THEM.
Creeeeepy I couldn t help but think of Ed Gein while reading this book Yuck Very morbidly entertaining Lol.
Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum 3.5 StarsAllow me to introduce you to my new boyfriend, Lester Ballard Ha Just kidding There s apparently even a limit to how weird I like em However, just in case you think Mitchell and I are slipping, please note that this title was added to the TBR once we discovered it was about a necrophile, which is basically our literary equivalent to As I said before, the story here is about a man named Lester Ballard A child of God much like yourself perhaps That [...]
He did not know how hawks mated but he knew that all things fought Cormac McCarthy, Child of GodAnd HE has sent me here Look, I ve read a lot ok all of Cormac McCarthy and this is not your mother s McCarthy I think this novel was the final pupa state before McCarthy emerged as THE absolute dark monster of American fiction and heir to Faulkner s title of ambassador to the strange malevolence of America s soul It wasn t as absurdly redeeming as Suttree or as coldly beautiful as Blood Meridian, or [...]
Child of God is the third McCarthy book that I have read over the past few weeks I usually try to stay away from any kind of review or description of a book just prior to reading, but I had recently come across the fact that this was supposed to be McCarthy s darkest work.Boy, I ll say.This book will make you feel like you need a long shower afterwards I believe that this was the same affect that Ellis was going for in American Psycho , but I think that McCarthy out Batemaned him on this one Thi [...]
How far can one book go How objectionable can the subject matter be Well, take a southern degenerate raised in an abysmal state of affairs and trace his downward spiral into serial murder and necrophilia that s what McCarthy did in Child of God But that s just the tip of the iceberg This novel is a descent into the darkness that can befall an uneducated and amoral man when left to his own devices someone abandoned on the fringes of civilization and left to fend for themselves with what little th [...]
Lester Ballard is a strange guy, a marginal Armed with his rifle, which he never leaves, almost the extension of his arm, he wanders in the forest Vagabond, half wild, a little crazy, he lives in a cave, hunting the squirrel for food And sometimes, it takes him, he kills He kills strangers, whom an unfortunate chance has placed on his way, without affect, emotion, or anger He kills, driven by his instinct, an animal instinct And sometimes, he relieves his frustration on the corpse of a woman As [...]
Such a Cute Little Novel about a Cave Dwelling Necrophiliac MurdererThe narrator of this short novel describes the main character, Lester Ballard, as a child of God much like yourself perhaps A 27 year old hillbilly outcast in 1960s, Sevier County Smoky Mountains , Tennessee He had no parents, recently lost his home and cannot carry on normal relationships with women When he finds a couple dead in a parked car, he takes the woman with him to be his necro concubine in a house in which he s squatt [...]
This is one of those books that, when you read it, and really like it, it makes you wonder if you should be worried about yourself I mean it s kind of like finding something brown and wondering if it might be chocolate and tasting it and discovering that it really is something vile and disgusting But then you should have known better I mean you found the brown thing on the floor, so there was no way you REALLY could have been expecting chocolate and then, Oh look There s another something brown [...]
There was two main reasons for re reading this novel in the month of October 2012, one was due to reading William Gay s novel The provinces of night of which the title is taken from the opening sentence of a chapter from this novel The second reason was Donald Ray Pollock s recommendation to read this in a recent interview I had with him.I am now convinced that we have in our midst a great writer In the first read of this and The Road I payed less attention to the prose and the whole way it was [...]
Oh I just couldn t do it Now I know my reasoning might annoy a few but this book annoyed me And that s the reason I love books To each his own I read this as part of the Southern Literary Trail book read and while this is nothing against the group which has some great picks, this is one 9.99 I want back So At first descriptions like palest starlight and bawling dogs annoyed me a bit not because I don t like the pairings, but because they started to appear everywhere, almost like an overwrite I w [...]
Straziante, eppure, eppure perch mi piace Perch adoro la capacit che solo poche persone hanno di raccontare i fatti come sono, senza indorare la pillola n per s n per gli altri, perch il parlare d orrore di McCarthy sembra comunque una poesia, un flusso d acqua che inevitabilmente scorre e dice tutto, anche ci che preferiresti non sapere Ogni pagina mi fa spalancare gli occhi Non si pu neanche parlare di malvagit , si parla dell uomo animale, peggio, di una bestia senza affetti, sola con le puls [...]
La discesa agli inferiDOVE In un qualunque paese del Tennessee tra alture e fitti boschi.QUANDO Negli anni 60 Ma potrebbe essere prima o dopo E un contesto in cui il tempo non segue le leggi temporali Povert , incesti, ku klux klan, convivenza con una natura selvaggia ed un clima rigidoCHI Lester Ballard 27 anni un uomo che guardava il mondo in cagnesco era cresciuto cos magro e cattivo Matto diceva qualcuno COME Il racconto una cronaca costruita con le voci degli abitanti locali La narrazione a [...]
You think people was meaner then than they are now the deputy said.The old man was looking out at the flooded town No, he said, I don t I think people are the same from the day God first made one.Never has madness been coincided with so fitting an atmosphere A representation of fizzled humanity and self preservation is often regarded as morally inept But there s no doubt that our hero is Ballard, romping through a desolate landscape with his dark lusts, poisoning Tennessee with his indulgences A [...]
My review just got completely deleted I m starting over, and it will be EVEN BETTER maybe There s a creek that winds along behind my parents house in downtown Indianapolis It s barely than a trickle, barely enough to get your feet wet when you re wearing shoes with thick soles It was just wide enough that my ten year old self had to jump to make it across But it was the wildest, most natural thing I d known at that age, and I followed that son of a bitch I walked down one direction to where it [...]
Typical dark, dark McCarthy book Really breaks contemporary stereotypes of where you think the story is going.
Sevier County, Tennessee is the Happiest Place on Earth Bring Your Family Go Spelunking You think people was meaner back then than they are now the deputy said The old man was looking out at the flooded town No, he said I don t I think people are the same from the day God first made one People are bad to the bone Always have been, always will be Or so Cormac McCarthy seems to feel I don t think I ve read a misanthropic book in my life I thoroughly enjoyed The Road and I liked this one well enou [...]
It s not as clear of a narrative, like No Country, it s kind of like watching a train wreck in slow motion The feeling of dread that builds throughout the book is excruciating similar to the way I felt about Chigurh The writing style is very sparse the descriptions of nature are poetic, in contrast to the ugliness of some of the action I don t want to say too much about what happens, but it is truly shocking The story starts out with the town auctioning off Lester Ballard s property he has defau [...]
Cormac McCarthy has an ability to turn a savage, degenerated human qualities into poetry, dark but still poetry Loved this book My video review youtube watch v 6oDyZ
While browsing the Internet I stumbled upon a comment Didn t like Child of God, couldn t get comfortable with it Rape, murder, necrophilia Who could be get comfortable with any of it One could claim it is only instinctive and usual to flinch at the mere sight of such perversions even if they remain descriptive in nature.Thinking even further.McCarthy.when were any of you comfortable with his work In here lays the core of our preference for his distinctive narrative It is impossible to remain in [...]
My god, this is dark Whereas in his later novels, McCarthy explores ideas of right and wrong, morality and justice, there is no trace of these in Child of God only a sheer plunge to the depths of human depravity an intimate confrontation with the worst that a man can become And despite the grim subject matter, this is McCarthy at his most lyrical and poetic He manages to wring such depth and colour from his words, creating vivid pictures from unusual and imaginative combinations These images are [...]
Orrore, raccapriccio, violenza, miseria S , ma non solo.McCarthy mi piace sempre di pi Lui racconta l irraccontabile con la sua prosa scarna, ruvida e splendida, mentre io non posso evitare di farmi coinvolgere, di metterci i sentimenti, le emozioni, gli interrogativi che sempre riesce a suscitare in me Quando se ne furono andati, rest a guardare le orde di stelle fredde disseminate lass nella cornice del buco, e si domand di cosa fossero fatte, e di cosa fosse fatto lui.youtu TlDumR6QOpE
I finished this book yesterday morning and then was an absolute emotional wreck for almost the whole rest of the day I don t know if there s any connection or not I also didn t eat the day before except a Greek yogurt, a rice pudding, and movie popcorn and also drank a shitload of Earl Grey AND stayed up too late AND saw Let the Right One In which is exquisite , but oh my LORD This is a book I will never recommend to my Mom, to say the freaken LEAST Just utterly stunningly backbreakingly horrify [...]
Per the proposed new GR rating system 4 goatheads 4 pentagramatical swords color heliotrope Goddamn, look at me feeling all sentimental Maybe it s because I hadn t read this book in nearly 20 years, or because I ve just generally been on a Southern Gothic kick as of late, but I m giving this bastard a grade it really doesn t deserve Why Why not It s just all so much fun, so obviously intended to pick up the impossible legacy that Flannery O Connor left behind Had O Connor s preternaturally atten [...]