Re: RARA-AVIS: No Country For Old Men

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 05 Aug 2005

BLOOD MERIDIAN is a mythic quest. The contrast between his florid style and the stark brutality of the action is stunning. McCarthy has magic. It's everywhere in BLOOD MERIDIAN, and peppered throughout his other works, the scene at the blacksmith's in CHILD OF GOD, the visit to the witch in SUTTREE.

Up until this novel, McCarthy was writing solidly within the realm of literature. He has taken a considerable step backwards with NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.

My view on McCarthy's opening allusion to the gas chamber is that it was written with full knowledge of its historical breach.


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