Outer Dark

Outer Dark Outer Dark is a novel at once fabular and starkly evocative set is an unspecified place in Appalachia sometime around the turn of the century A woman bears her brother s child a boy he leaves the b

Outer Dark is a novel at once fabular and starkly evocative, set is an unspecified place in Appalachia, sometime around the turn of the century A woman bears her brother s child, a boy he leaves the baby in the woods and tells her he died of natural causes Discovering her brother s lie, she sets forth alone to find her son Both brother and sister wander separately Outer Dark is a novel at once fabular and starkly evocative, set is an unspecified place in Appalachia, sometime around the turn of the century A woman bears her brother s child, a boy he leaves the baby in the woods and tells her he died of natural causes Discovering her brother s lie, she sets forth alone to find her son Both brother and sister wander separately through a countryside being scourged by three terrifying and elusive strangers, headlong toward an eerie, apocalyptic resolution.

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About Author

  1. Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist and playwright He has written ten novels in the Southern Gothic, western, and post apocalyptic genres and has also written plays and screenplays He received the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for The Road, and his 2005 novel No Country for Old Men was adapted as a 2007 film of the same name, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.His earlier Blood Meridian 1985 was among Time Magazine s poll of 100 best English language books published between 1925 and 2005 and he placed joint runner up for a similar title in a poll taken in 2006 by The New York Times of the best American fiction published in the last 25 years Literary critic Harold Bloom named him as one of the four major American novelists of his time, along with Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, and Philip Roth He is frequently compared by modern reviewers to William Faulkner.In 2009, Cormac McCarthy won the PEN Saul Bellow Award, a lifetime achievement award given by the PEN American Center.


Outer Dark Comment

  1. This is my third Cormac McCarthy book First one was The Road, which is without a doubt one of the best books I ever read, it had a great impact on me Second was No country for old men, after seeing the movie and discovering this story was also written by McCarthy I felt the need to read the story too to fully grasp its meanings McCarthy writes dark, incredible, fascinating stories, Outer Dark is no exception I find his writing and style very powerful, very expressive, beautiful, clear sentences, [...]

  2. The following review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish.Proceeding cautiously through my long awaited, chronological rereading of the works of Cormac McCarthy, reading the supplemental materials I ve picked up over the years, and marveling at things I hadn t noticed first time around Isn t that why we reread anything This one, as dark and foreboding as anything he s written, in several ways, seems the telling of the Anti Nativity not the birth of the Anti Christ, but a birth magnific [...]

  3. Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy s Novel of Judgment and ResponsibilityAnd cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth Matthew 25 30, KJVIf there were ever a unprofitable servant to appear in literature, it would be difficult to find one less so than Culla Holme Brother to Rinthy, he has perpetrated the social taboo of incest He fears his sin will be found out When Rinthy s water breaks, he allows her to suffer through labor, refusing to even summ [...]

  4. Having given 5 to The Road my review here review show , I was surprised and disappointed at how much I disliked this Like The Road, it is dark and sparse, and involves destitute people travelling on foot, looking for food, shelter and hope, but that is where the similarity ends.This is set much longer ago before cars and tells several parallel and occasionally intersecting stories a woman searching for her missing baby her brother searching for her a tinker travelling between towns, and a gang.A [...]

  5. An air of ruin permeates this bleak tale of abandonment, desperation, and want Hard people makes hard times Culla and Rinthy Holme, brother and sister, were brought up hard They ain t never had nuthin Look for a man who bares his orangecolored teeth in a grimace of lecherous idiocy Regard the dead gray serpentine of the river as it flows See the old crone with the elfin face in the woods She won t abide a hound dog on the place, but has no qualms with a pig rooting around and sleeping inside her [...]

  6. 3.5 5The ancestors had called Europeans the orphan people and had noted that as with orphans taken in by selfish or coldhearted clanspeople, few Europeans had remained whole They failed to recognize the earth was their mother Europeans were like their first parents, Adam and Eve, wandering aimlessly because the insane God who had sired them had abandoned them Leslie Marmon Silko, Almanac of the DeadI will always be a fan of McCarthy because of his treatment of the Western tradition However, my r [...]

  7. I wasn t sure about this book I read All the Pretty Horses many years ago and didn t care for it I tried Suttree and put it down after a couple of chapters I liked The Orchard Keeper , but it wasn t his typical dark, dark themes.But maybe this one came along at just the right time in my evolution as a reader Despite the violence and sadness, despite the intentionally evil actions of some and the wrong actions of others that were committed in innocence, this book became for me an allegory of our [...]

  8. From his earliest literary forays like The Orchard Keeper and Suttree , it was clear that the American Novel had found its heir to Faulkner His prose contained the same lyrical beauty and biblical gravity of his artistic predecessor, but with a harsh, often brutal clarity that was all his own.With Outer Dark , he transcended the labels and comparisons, defining himself as the greatest prose stylist of his generation, framing the rough structure for his dark personal vision of America populated b [...]

  9. Ive seen the meanness of humans till I dont know why God aint put out the sun and gone away Cormac McCarthy, Outer DarkI keep reading Cormac McCarthy to find a single crack of light in his dark, grotesque lyricism Outer Dark was unconventional and amazing The story was allegorical without being stiff, it was regional without being provincial Like most of McCarthy s work it is Biblical in its power and intensity In Outer Dark , McCarthy is throwing chert boulders at the dark center of the Univers [...]

  10. Color rating CrimsonHere, in this forested glade lorded over by Moloch, I could remain ever I place Outer Dark in one of the medaled positions of McCarthy s entire body of work it s that extraordinary There is an ephemeral otherness to the whole affair that renders it an uncommon jewel of a novel and a bit of an outlier in comparison to his other books you re required to do a lot of the heavy lifting and connect some dots yourself As I don t mind working for my keep, that s than fine by me.List [...]

  11. Quando era mi da ouvia falar, em surdina, num livro maldito que levava loucura quem o lesse at ao fim Como sempre fui mais curiosa que medrosa, no dia em que o encontrei tratei, rapidamente, de o ler do fim para o princ pio, para ter mais efeito mal fico e n o fiquei louca pelo menos n o mais que os demais Teria cerca de dezasseis anos e, muito descrente de hist rias de bruxaria, ri me, perdidamente, imaginando a trabalheira que os feiticeiros tinham para conseguir os ingredientes necess rios co [...]

  12. All of the other reviews are too slavering, too worshipful, too fucking nerdy and self referential to suggest that their authors actually read this book I read about 15 of them, and not once did I see a comment, suggestion, reflection that added anything to my understanding of the text Spare me the book reports If you don t have anything to say, find a forum in which your lack of authority is expected I suggest the rest of your life Funny that I didn t see a single mention of its place in the ca [...]

  13. I m not a fan of nonsense lyrical language nor am I a fan of incest cannibalist nihilism or lack of punctuation so this book is probably not the book for me.

  14. If I met Mr McCarthy I d be mighty tempted to ask him what happened to him as a child to make him write books this dark But I wouldn t ask because he d probably tell me.

  15. Absolute pleasure to read Artistic perfection The book and the author are classics Update after second reading A horrible and violent story, beautifully written No happy ending.

  16. This was my second Cormac McCarthy read, having initiated myself years ago with his Faulkneresque rookie effort, The Orchard Keeper I really enjoyed this one grim, brooding, spectral atmosphere, replete with three harrowing strangers, seeping violence, who dog the steps of the fraternal half of our brother sister protagonists The book begins with sin, and this particular stain won t wash out, regardless of how far the brother, Culla, journeys through unnamed Appalachia in an attempt to scrub it [...]

  17. What s a jew One of them old timey people from in the bible.This was as bleak and foreboding as each McCarthy novel I ve read so far Perhaps made all the enjoyable as I just returned from visiting a very Child of God like part of Tennessee Almost put me off BBQ meat, though

  18. I read this in one day as it was that good I was afraid that it was going to be a really dark read with a lot of violence, and not to say that it didn t have some moments, but it was no worse than All the Pretty Horses So, my next book by him will be Blood Meridian Might as well delve into the real darkness.It reminded me somewhat of his book The Road but only in that Holmes was out looking for his sister who was roaming the country trying to find their baby, and in their search they were meetin [...]

  19. BestialeMi ero quasi dimenticata di cosa volesse dire leggere McCarthy Esseri umani elementari, primitivi, colti nell atto della loro sopravvivenza quotidiana, scevri da qualsiasi sovrastruttura dovuta alla cultura o all abitudine alla convivenza, impegnati a guadagnare un dollaro al giorno quando la fame aggredisce le viscere, o meglio, quando gli stenti non consentono pi di proseguire il cammino Nei libri di McCarthy si cammina spesso e si incontrano persone, tutte poco meno affamate e selvati [...]

  20. I ve been struggling with this review for over three weeks Outer Dark is probably my favorite Cormac McCarthy book to date and also the most aptly titled There should be vouchers for free therapy printed on the inside cover The thing that attracts me to McCarthy s work is that he utilizes such beautiful prose in tales that outline the nature of human ugliness Here are two of my favorite passages She shook him awake from dark to dark, delivered out of the clamorous rabble under a black sun and in [...]

  21. Who were those three men I am sure that view spoiler I have no idea hide spoiler I have read several Cormac McCarthy books The Road, No Country for Old Men, Blood Meridian and Suttree With the exception ofSuttree I have not disliked any of those books and I even gaveSuttree two stars It Was OK because of the stunning language that turned up regularly.So Outer Darkwas a special McCarthy experience for me I could actually follow the story sister has baby brother abandons baby sister goes in search [...]

  22. As though Martin s A Song of Ice and Fire focused intently on the concentration of forces at issue in the moment of the things I do for love I ve read enough McCarthy to understand, I think, that his prose is almost tediously spartan for nine parts and then will bust a sudden swagger of rhetorgasm, as perhaps suggested by prior remarks on Blood Meridian.Some examples in addition to the quotations in the status updates Early foreshadowing in the trees reared like enormous androids provoked at the [...]

  23. This, much so than the Orchard Keeper, feels like McCarthy s first full work The narrative focus is much tighter, even if the journeys that Culla and Rinthy take are every bit as shiftless and as doomed But by the end of the book, Mccarthy has stepped well beyond the typical southern Gothic territory he spends most of his first novel treading through Outer Dark, with it s central incestuous conflict, could easily have been just another novel about screwed up Appalachian degenerates Instead it l [...]

  24. It s been said that for writer s first novels, it is inevitable that they wear their influences on their sleeves This is certainly the case with Cormac McCarthy s second novel, Outer Dark Steeped in the tradition of Southern Gothic writing, this story of wandering siblings perpetually on the wrong side of luck and fortune reads like a Faulknerian nightmare.Rinthy Holme has no sooner given birth to her first child than its father, her brother Culla, hoping to rid himself of the incestuous offspri [...]

  25. A lunatic and disgusting novel, Outer Dark sends an incestuous, impoverished and illiterate brother and sister across a hellish landscape populated by three violent vagabonds and a mysterious tinker, none of whom seem human The brother, who abandons the child his sister bears him, experiences the worst in people The sister, who sets off in search of this child, gets mainly the best There s all this talk of names and how the damned don t have them and a lot of characters without names and a few o [...]

  26. Of course, I loved it To my great surprise, I discovered that I had not read this one while leafing through my paperbacks Knowing this author, it foreshadows much of his later work, especially with the biblical themes of original sin, banishment from the garden, and the journey that our actions take us on That journey is dangerous, often humorous, but always tinged with the innate cruelty residing in the heart of man The two characters seem oblivious to their original error incest , though McCar [...]

  27. Sono tempi duri la gente dura che rende duri i tempi Ho visto tanta cattiveria fra gli uomini che non so perch Dio non ha ancora spento il sole e non se n andato E il 1968 quando Cormac McCarthy pubblica questo suo secondo romanzo Altamente metaforico e di grande potenza narrativa, Il buio fuori esige un lettore vigile non solo ai repentini cambi di scena ma anche ad un registro linguistico accurato e cesellato che reclama un attenzione particolare In poche parole non un libro che si concilia co [...]

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