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Excellent first novel
on 17 June 2009
McCarthy's first novel addresses themes returned to in later works. Man's relation to nature is a key theme in this work, in which hunting (of animals and of men) is a recurring image, as is the weather. There is also a constant struggle between choice and chance in shaping the lives of the characters in this novel.
The dialogue, humour, beauty, and brutality usually displayed in McCarthy's work is evident here. Not as dense or horrific as something like Blood Meridian but not the best McCarthy novel to start with either, I'd suggest All the Pretty Horses or No Country for Old Men.