Cormac McCarthy

“He sat in the dappled light among the stones. A bird sang. Some leaves were falling. He sat with his hands palm up on the grass beside him like a stricken puppet and he thought no thoughts at all.”

Suttree, Cormac McCarthy


  1. susan smith

    I am just learning to appreciate this writer. He makes me thank God for the simple pleasure of reading a sentence that you absolutely can’t analyze until you’ve just spent a few moments rolling it around in your mouth like good Scotch. (If you’re into that kind of thing.)

  2. Jim Schmitmeyer

    I’ve been a fan of Cormac MacCarthy for a long time. I’m happy to say that now there’s a new writer on the scene whose style is similar to that of MacCarthy’s border trilogy. “The Wake of Forgiveness” is a debut novel by Bruce Marchart. It’s a literary work of incredible beauty. I highly recommend it.

  3. Cris

    By the time the reader finishes a page of one of McCarthy’s over-written paragraphs, the plot has nearly disappeared from memory. Too much of anything isn’t good-especially style.

  4. susan smith

    Oh, no, Cris. I think the idea is to read it like poetry. It’s not as plot-driven as image driven and you have to take at least twice as long with it as you would with someone else. The plot is definitely in the back seat, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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