Monday, July 20, 2009
CORMAC McCARTHY b. JULY 2OTH 1933
"He thought that in the beauty of the world were hid a terrible secret. He thought the world's heart beat at some terrible cost and that the world's pain and its beauty moved in a relationship of diverging equity and that in this headlong deficit the blood of multitudes might ultimately be exacted for the vision of a single flower." All the pretty horses cormac mccarthy
anyone who could create anton chigurh isn't viewing life through rose colored glasses, that's for sure. go back to the earlier novels like blood meridian & you'll see his vision has always been dark & hard. his prose has gotten more accessible, even as his view has become more apocalyptic. born up north in rhode island, he was raised in the south(knoxville tenn). the early novels tended to feature dense "faulkerian" prose & fracture narratives. there was also violence & blood.
i think delillo & mccarthy are our two great living writers. philip roth is in there too but he's from another generation for the most part.
the coen brothers made a stunning version of his later novel, no country for old men. it's now in my top 3 favorite coen brother's films.