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Cormac McCarthy Starting Point?

Old 06-15-13, 08:21 PM
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Cormac McCarthy Starting Point?

Is there a good starting point w/ him or must read novel? I must say though that I have read THE ROAD, and know the story of NO COUNTRY and ALL THE PRETTY HORSES.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Out of the 4 McCarthy books I've read, (The Orchard Keeper, Blood Meridian, No Country for Old Men, and The Road), Blood Meridian was my favorite. If you liked The Road, you'll probably enjoy it as well.
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Thanks...I was looking at that one. BTW, if I choose to read a novel in his trilogy, does it matter if its out of order?
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I'd suggest starting with No know the story, but the film never quite captures McCarthy's prose (and the character of Chigurh is more nuanced and believable).

All the Pretty Horses is gorgeously written and is far superior to the film.

I tackled (and fell in love with) McCarthy in this order:

The Road
No Country
Pretty Horses
Blood Meridian (one of the most challenging and beautifully written books I've ever read)

The Crossing is on my summer reading list.
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I read Suttree for an American fiction class in college and hated it so much that I wouldn't touch McCarthy for a decade. I haven't revisited it since, so I can't say if I'd still hold the opinion, but at the time it struck me as extremely pretentious prose written by someone who checked his thesaurus for the most obscure option at every turn.

I waded back in for The Road, and loved it. Followed it up with Blood Meridian, All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing and No Country for Old Men and enjoyed them all to varying degrees. I'd say if one starts with The Road, it's probably easiest to follow it up with Blood Meridian or No Country for Old Men.
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Re: Cormac McCarthy Starting Point?

All The Pretty Horses was my first, and a good starting point. But Blood Meridian is probably his best, but also most intense if you're new to him.
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reading Blood Meridian and its my first cormac mccarty book and its a hard read. I have found its been difficult to get into his style of writing.
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The Road was my first and it's among my favorite post-apocalyptic works, which is one of my favorite genres. He is very difficult to read however. It's like he believes quotation marks belong in the kitchen and not in his pages.
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North Country for Old Men is definitely the place to start for beginners to him. It's probably his most accessible work (except for the
non-existent climax
) moreso than All the Pretty Horses. Next would be The Road.

Blood Meridian should definitely not be a starting point.
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I think you already started with the best starting point in The Road. Blood Meridian is my favorite of his work, and it is challenging, but also very rewarding.
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After reading this, I'm going to pick up a copy of Blood Meridian. I've read All the Pretty Horses and The Road - both of which are very good novels. Of the two, I prefer Pretty Horses (though his post-apocalyptic world made me cry several times). There is imagery and descriptions from both novels that has stayed with me for years.
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I've only read the Road and I blasted through it because it was so amazing. I'll have to check out some of the other books mentioned here though because I really did enjoy the work of this author.

PS, I sort of liked the no quotation mark thing.
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All the Pretty Horses. Or Outer Dark!
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