EBOOK or KINDLE (Child of God) AUTHOR Cormac McCarthy
Ng Ballard fleshing him out by examining him from many angles and views while also constructing a penetrating look at those around him Child of God is another impressive addition to the American mythology of darkness that McCarthy has builtThe story of Lester Ballard is not for the sueamish as McCarthy illuminates his depravity without ever shielding the readers eyes from the disgusting sights It is what readers of McCarthy have come to expect McCarthy is an expert in probing the depths of the human soul and rubbing in our faces all the darkest and most disturbing elements the imagination can find down there in the shadows we try to conceal and forget Ballard does
the unthinkable and inexcusable again and again yet McCarthy does not unthinkable and
*INEXCUSABLE AGAIN AND AGAIN YET MCCARTHY DOES NOT HIM *again and again yet McCarthy does not him a flat pure evil character He has much in store for our souls to digest and wrestle with Chronicling his life McCarthy depicts Ballard as a man alienated by his community chased like a rat into hiding because of his differences and difficulties putting on a normal persona in the world Ostracized isolated and with no one to turn to Ballard has little choice but to give in to his alarmingly abominable ways Occasionally he is called out of the darkness some old shed self that came yet from time to time in the name of sanity a hand to gentle him back from the rim of his disastrous wrath However being so withdrawn and removed from society the voice of civilized reason is most often lost in the wilderness of wickedness His criminal acts seem a way he has found to give voice to a sense of impotence and alienation he has felt all his life You ain t even a man You re just a crazy thing a girl says to him It is easy to just consider him a thing a being removed from us so that we can despise and scorn him without inner remorse It eeps us safe from identifying with him from having to understand him or see life through his eyes But is he just a thing or is he still a man We are reminded that Lester Ballard is a child of God and not so different from you or I Those of the religious faith are taught to forgive and love thy brothers and sisters as we are all cut from the same cloth Ballard too And to deny him of this would be to deny God s word and this is the skillful and wonderfully ironic moral conundrum McCarthy imposes on the reader Let he who is free from sin cast the first stone is a statement from the Bible pointing out that we all bear the scars of sin and can we really judge Ballard without then judging ourselves Religious or not this is a uandary that tests our moral judgment and reminds us that all of us are capable of evilAll the bleakness aside it is hard to not be astounded by McCarthy s dexterity with prose styling and his way with diction And despite the grim context this is actually uite a darkly comical novel at times Ballard gets swindled trying to sell watches bootleggers are too drunk to find their own hiding places and other sorts of gross yet somehow humorous elements Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography keep the book from being too flatly dark It is not an enjoyable read yet there is much enjoyment toeep the reader thinking and turning pages It is short as to not begrudge the reader with too much darkness and entertaining and engaging enough so that most can finish it in a sitting or twoThis is a bleak novel with little to nothing in the way of redemption within the book However this is because the redemption rests within the reader can we look into the heart of another man and disregard him as pure evil Is everything black or white or can we feel pity even for those who are the epitome of depravity Lester Ballard is chased from society eventually having to hide in caves like a wild beast or a descent into hell and we must uestion if he is just an evil man or a product of his circumstances This isn t to say that he is to be cleared of his crimes but it does make an interesting point about humanity I was glad to have read this book on a bright sunny day beside a case of fine IPAs which lasted the duration of reading this book as the novel left me feeling cold and hard and hollow on the inside Child of God might be my least favorite of McCarthy s novels Suttree toping my list but it still packs a wallop of a punch Bleak and brutal yet darkly funny this book is not for everyone But if you are willing to stare into the eyes of darkness and voyage into the deepest recesses of the human heart McCarthy is the ideal tour guide45 What sort of meanness have you got laid out for nex. Carthy depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity humor and characteristic lyrical brillian. .
Creeeeepy I couldn t help but think of Ed Gein while reading this book Yuck Very morbidly entertaining Lol There is something inherently wrong with Lester Ballard As he skulks through the
BACKWOODS OF EASTERN TENNESSEE A HUNTINGof Eastern Tennessee a hunting is his only companion Ballard s skewed thinking awkward ways and repugnant proclivities render him unfit to be around other people Darkly disturbing fascinating and repellent Another walk in the dark with Cormac McCarthy This is his territory film of the book update None other than James I m handsome and I can do anything Franco directed a version of this last year I just saw it and damn James I hate to say this but it was really good And faithful Really great performance by Scott Haze as Lester You probably shouldn t watch it while you eat your tea nor should you be watching it with any elderly relatives but if you The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, know what the story is about you probably would not do that Unless you want toill them off with shock and horror This time round I spotted that Child of God starts just like Omensetter s Luck with a rural auction Kind of a really useless factAnd now the actual reviewME AND CORMAC WE GO BACK A LONG WAYThis was a re read my first for years and once again I loved Cormac s outrageous daring style I gave it five stars all those years ago and I give it five now I felt again that I was in the presence of a writer who could dip all the other American writers in his Weetabix and mush em all together and eat em up and go for another bowl of em This guy is the real deal Well allright So how come I didn t like any other CMcC book if he s such a wow Good uestion you now I had a go at Blood Meridian and as everyone nows that s like reading the Bible if God was Sam Peckinpah Beautiful beautiful writing completely suandered on an endurance test Western with zero story and zero character So I failed there All the Pretty Horses well that was better and I did finish it but by now Cormac s style has got ever outre he s much deeply in love with the conjunction and and by then he d got too mythtastic for my taste I still like my soap opera thank you I m just this suburban gentleman in a semi detatched house with a cat and a bottle of real ale and a High Llamas cd Myths Not so much So I think Cormac and me had a parting of the ways But if I recall right before we bade farewell and he took the road west we shook hands cordially It felt cordial that is although his face betrayed no expressionTHIS WILL MELT YOUR FACEAs to Child of God this book is a total treat but I got to warn you the main character is a little unsavoury Lester Ballard our grisly necrophile protagonist has uite a bit of the old Ed Gein about him Which if so would make him the fourth fictional incarnation of Ed so inspirational was he and that is leaving aside the biopic about him which is called Ed Gein There was
Hitchcock s Psycho there was ol Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was ever a film so aptly titleds Psycho there was ol Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was ever a film so aptly titled was in Texas there was a massacre it was done with a chainsaw and there was the regrettable Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Tiny Little Baa Lambs with his human skin dresses Now Barbara Gowdy in her arresting story We So Seldom Look On Love makes a case that there are indeed true necrophiles people that only love people if they re dead Imagine the fate of a necrophile who s looking for commitment I guess the only solution there would be taxidermy But I argue that the great majority of necrophiles wind up with the dead through poor lifestyle choice and low self esteem They are just lonely But in a special way You and me we may have been through lonely times you may still be going through those times and I only wish I could reach my hand through this screen and give your shoulder a little sueeze wouldn t that be nice hmm maybe it wouldn t can you imagine if you booted up your computer and all these *arms came out wiggling around Doesn t bear thinking about I digress this loneliness that we have suffered was still on * came out wiggling around Doesn t bear thinking about I digress this loneliness that we have suffered was still on planet Earth it was a recognisable common emotion We could have been rescued at any time These necrophiles though the loneliness of these guys is a cold cold moon of Pluto They are off the scale of ordinary inabilities to communicate to invite affection they are the antimatter of human dalliance They make autists look like uiz show comperes The only date they ve been on is where they shoot em in the back of the head and lug em home That s a date Of sorts Now Lester. In this taut chilling novel Lester Ballard a violent dispossessed man falsely accused of rape haunts. ,
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Ballard if he could only of met a nice girl some time in his early life and could of settled down somewhat it may have been the making of him But he never met the right gal And he took the wrong turn in life The way it goes sometimes The dumpkeeper had spawned nine daughters and named them out of an old medical dictionary gleaned from the rubbish he picked Uretha Cerebella Hernia SueThey moved like cats and like cats in heat attracted surrounding swains to their midden until the
old man used to go out at night and fire a shotgunman used to go out at night and fire a shotgun random just to clear the air He couldn t tell which was the oldest or what age and he didn t now whether they should go out with boys or not Like cats they sensed his lack of resolution They were coming and goin How far can one book go How objectionable can the subject matter beWell take a southern degenerate raised in an abysmal state of affairs and trace his downward spiral into serial murder and necrophilia that s what McCarthy did in Child of God But that s just the tip of the iceberg This novel is a descent into the darkness that can befall an uneducated and amoral man when left to his own devices someone abandoned on the fringes of civilization and left to fend for themselves with what little they possess When basic needs aren t met and baser desires are never addressed or fulfilled the human reaction is often extreme and appalling History has taught us this time and time again Lester Ballad is uite possibly one of Child of God Cormac McCarthy s Outcast First edition Random House New York New York 1973 He moves in the dry chaff among the dust and slats "of sunlight with a constrained truculence Saxon and Celtic bloods A child of God much like yourself "sunlight with a constrained truculence Saxon and Celtic bloods A child of God much like yourself The setting is Sevier County Tennessee in the 1960s Our protagonist is twenty seven He is an orphan His life between the suicide of his father and the loss of his home is an unanswered uestion We are dropped into his story in medias res in the finest Faulkner style As the story opens the small unclean unshaven man watches his home place Great day in the morning He is making me homesick Just the speech patterns which McCarthy nails It reminded me of River s Edge although the movie seems mild by comparison Maybe I m just grateful that it used an inflatable doll Dennis Hopper as Feck and Daniel Roebuck as Samson John Tollet from River s Edge 1987 HE SEEZ DEAD PEOPLE THEN FUCKS THEM Child of God Cormac McCarthySet in mountainous Sevier County Tennessee in the 1960 s Child of God tells the story of Lester Ballard a dispossessed violent man whom the narrator describes as a child of God much like yourself perhaps Ballard s life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few ot Were there darker provinces of night he would have found them There is a uote by David Foster Wallace that good fiction s job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable Cormac McCarthy s trim third novel Child of God is an optimal example of this sentiment as it manages to provide the counterparts of the both comfortable and disturbed elements within the reader by offering them an unflinching portrait of baseness and demanding reaction The short novel chronicles the hellish descent of Lester Ballard into the maelstroms of human depravity from simple onanistic voyeurism to murder and necrophilia Yet McCarthy reminds us that Ballard is a child of God much like yourself perhaps and reminds us of how human we really are Through sparse and stupendous prose McCarthy drags the human soul through the mud and muck of this gruesome parable to show us the degradation of humanity when chased into the shadows by isolation and ostracization showing us wickedness and making us feel much to the reader s discomfort eual parts disgust and empathy To open a McCarthy novel is to step into a nightmarish wasteland of the soul built out of breathtaking bricks of penetrating prose Through language that borders on biblical and flourishes effortlessly like tangled ivy on Greek pillars McCarthy brings the reader into the dirty dregs of a small Tennessee town and makes them practically smell the damp soil and sweaty backs and gunpowder of the novel Broken up into three parts each uniue in style and execution McCarthy unfolds the story of Lester Ballard through the eyes and ears of the locals as well as his omniscient narration Each voice is a piece of the puzzle to understandi. The hill country of East Tennessee when he is released from jail While telling his story Cormac Mc.