Considering Cormac

Suttree examined

While I found The Road compelling and exemplary, I must admit to not being much of a fan of Mr. McCarthy's work.  As much as I've tried, I find that his vision of humanity is so radically different from, indeed, alien to my own that I can't find much of an access point.

I will point out as usual, "The fault llies not in the stars, but in [myself]."


  1. If it is your fault that his vision is so radically different from yours that you can't find an access point, then it seems to me that the fault is equally his also.

    I think I mentioned this before that I had read _The Road_ and didn't find it compelling. I have tried one other and lost interest. As the _I Ching_ would have it--No Fault.

  2. I read All the Pretty Horses and loved it. From that point, I've tried a few other McCarthy books and I haven't quite found them as compelling. Maybe it's my not being able to access his vision; but I'm not sure that everyone needs to access every book?

    I enjoyed No Country for Old Men as well. But it seemed easier to access it than say The Crossing or Cities of the Plain. I own both Sutree and Blood Meridian, but I haven't found myself ready to try reading them just yet...

  3. Dear Fred,

    Thank you for the comment. I always make that disclaimer so as not comment on the merit of a work that I am, for whatever reason unfit to judge. As you rightly point out, there is no real fault here, merely a syzygy of visions.

    Dear Jenny,

    Thank you for commenting. I may try _No Country for Old Men_ again. It didn't grab me the first time around, but I didn't give it a lot of chance to do so.




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