Books - Review

Showing all books by: Cormac McCarthy

The Road
Man and his young son travel south down an American post-apocalyptic road. Nothing grows, so food is a problem as most supplies have long run out, and cannibal gangs roam the country. The father presses onwards in the face of zero hope for himself as he is dying of some lung disease.
A little bleak and depressing but good characters. Glimmer of hope right at the end maybe?
Score: 7.5
Published: 2006
Read: June 15th 2010

No Country for Old Men
Llewelyn, out hunting deer, stumbles across a drugs trade gone wrong out in the desert. Virtually everyone is dead and he walks off with a suitcase of money, but returns later to give water to a dying man. At this point the baddies spot him and the chase begins, and continues through the book. The main pursuer is a psychopathic killer with a compressed air gun and a total disregard for life. Following his own 'moral' code that seems to drive him on, he leaves death and destruction wherever he goes. In the middle of this, Sheriff Bell tries to make sense of it all, protect the innocent and catch the bad guys.
Jolly good. Great pursuit plot, plenty of grisly killings, a wonderfully laconic Sheriff and stuff to think about like is life more important than death, aren't wars bad, and is growing old a good thing or not? Very hard to read this without hearing Tommy Lee Jones' voice playing the Sheriff:-
Deputy: 'It's a mess ain't it?'
Sheriff: 'If it aint it'll do till a mess gets here.'
Score: 8
Published: 2005
Read: August 12th 2012

Blood Meridian or The Evening Redness in the West
A young violent man (the kid) is drawn to a join a gang of marauding ex-US Army soldiers in their mission to kill and pillage wherever they roam. Paid for any scalps they can collect, both Mexican and Indian, the gang are lead by the mysterious and enigmatic Holden who leads them, nurtures them but ultimately destroys them.
Excellent Western. Very bleak, violent and full of difficult journeys across sun-baked deserts, the kid is a horrible sort of anti-hero until you realise he is nowhere near as evil as Holden.
Score: 8
Published: 1985
Read: December 10th 2019