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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have read in 20 years!, 1 Jun. 2008
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This review is from: Outer Dark (Paperback)
This is the second Cormac McCarthy book I've read, my first being "The Road", which I felt to be a pretty bleak piece, though no less rewarding for that. I enjoyed it enough to try another, and picked "Outer Dark" pretty much at random. Within the first few paragraphs, this book had me completely hooked. The story is a very simple one, employing few (if any) plot complexities to keep the reader interested. Instead, it's the rich portrayal of the protagonists, a varied and fascinating cast of supporting characters, and a darkly evocative "Southern Gothic" setting that keep you utterly transfixed and eager for more. Constant throughout is a carefully balanced sense of foreboding which underpins the story as it builds to its somewhat predictable yet devastating conclusion. This is, without a doubt, the best book I have read in the last 20 years, prompting me to order every other work by this highly talented author! If each of them is half as good as "Outer Dark", I have many hours of wonderful reading ahead!
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Initial post: 13 Jun 2008 11:33:23 BDT
Glad you've recently discovered McCarthy! You're right, his writing is often grim, bleak in many of his novels but as you say, rewarding. His descriptive writing of (bleak) landscape is unsurpassed.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jul 2008 10:51:01 BDT
Boof says:
Great review. I have just read The Road and it blew me away. Looking forward to this authors other work now.
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