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Caribou Island by David Vann

Posted by the editors on Monday, 23 January 2012

Caribou Island (2011)(Novel) by David Vann (Legend of a Suicide (2008))  Caribou Island, David Vann’s first novel, after his awardwinning collection of stories Legend of a Suicide, is rife with failed communication, the characters brimming with regret, misperception and self-delusion, and all suffering from psychological isolation; these bleak, dysfunctional characters relentlessly arcing their way toward certain disaster.  Written with a passionate and sharp eye for landscape and environment, used as a metaphor for the apparent, and dream-like, beauty and inherently brutal, fatal desolation of life and with, perhaps, an inspiration from Cormac McCarthy’s sensitivity to place, combined with some of the fatal flaws of Raymond Carver’s often doomed characters, Caribou Island is an inspired noir novel, full of precise descriptive prose, and often sensitive and frustratingly lost individuals inexorably struggling toward their painful ends. (PR)

See our posts on the novels The Crossing, All the Pretty Horses, The Orchard Keeper, Blood Meridian and Outer Dark, by Cormac McCarthy and our post on the collection of short stories What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, by Raymond Carver.

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All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 27 September 2011

All the Pretty Horses (1992)(Novel) by Cormac McCarthy (Child of God (1973), Cities of the Plain (1998)The Road (2006))  All the Pretty Horses, a bestseller, U.S. National Book Award winner and U.S. National Book Critics Circle Award winner, is also the first book of McCarthy’s “Border Trilogy.”  A moving novel, All the Pretty Horses, offers us a slightly more “romantic” version of McCarthy’s exceptional rhythmic, almost Hemingway-esque prose (note the use of polysyndetic elements), with its poignant sensitivity to place, its penetrating look at the actions of man.  Easily worth reading more than once. (PR)

See our posts on other novels by Cormac McCarthy: The Orchard Keeper, Outer DarkBlood Meridian (or the Evening Redness in the West)

Also see our post on the Coen Brothers film ‘No Country for Old Men‘ based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name.

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The Orchard Keeper – Cormac McCarthy

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 27 September 2011

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The Orchard Keeper, by Cormac McCarthy, first edition cover

The Orchard Keeper (1965)(Novel) by Cormac McCarthy (Child of God (1973), All the Pretty Horses (1992), The Road (2006))  The Orchard Keeper is Cormac McCarthy’s first novel and, even if it is only for that reason, should be read.  However, and marvelously, The Orchard Keeper also offers us a profound first experience with the mastery of McCarthy’s prose, his passionate and sharp view of nature, and the intersecting parabolic trajectories of his characters, who we come to know, often, through oblique actions rather than through explanation, through consequence rather than motivation.  A novel you must read. (PR)

See our posts on other novels by Cormac McCarthy: Outer Dark, Blood Meridian (or the Evening Redness in the West), and All the Pretty Horses

Also see our post on the Coen Brothers film ‘No Country for Old Men‘ based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name.

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No Country for Old Men

Posted by the editors on Monday, 19 September 2011

No Country for Old Men, by Joel & Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy

No Country for Old Men (2007) (DVD) Joel & Ethan Coen (Fargo (1996), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), True Grit (2010)), starring Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), In the Valley of Elah (2007)), Javier Bardem (The Sea Inside (Mar adentro) (2004), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Biutiful (2010)), Josh Brolin (W. (2008), Milk (2008), True Grit (2010)) and others.  No Country for Old Men, described by some as a “crime thriller”, is quite simply a superb movie (receiving numerous awards, including Best PictureBest Director (Joel and Ethan Coen), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh) among others) very closely based on the superb novel of the same name, written by Cormac McCarthy in 2005.  One may call it an examination of destiny and circumstance, a “new western”, even “a masterful evocation of time, place, character, moral choices, immoral certainties, human nature and fate” (Roger Ebert) and many other things.  The fact remains that Bardem as Chigurh is an extraordinarily compelling villain, the writing and direction are masterful, and one simply must see it, more than once. (PR)

See our posts on other novels by Cormac McCarthy: Blood Meridian, and Outer Dark.

Also see our post on the film by Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood, filmed in the same region as No Country for Old Men.

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There Will Be Blood

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 18 September 2011

There Will Be Blood (2007)(DVD) Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano and others, with cinematography by Robert Elswit and music by Jonny Greenwood.  Often called a masterpiece by critics, and at the very least a very good film, There Will Be Blood, really is a must-see.  An outstanding, and Oscar-winning, performance by Daniel Day-Lewis (My Left Foot (1989), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Gangs of New York (2002)), superb, and again award-winning, cinematography by Robert Elswit (Magnolia (1999), Syriana (2005), Michael Clayton (2007), Salt (2010)), excellent and unexpected music, once again, award-winning, by Jonny Greenwood (Bodysong (2003))(of Radiohead), not to mention, putting it all together, Paul Thomas Anderson‘s directing, yes, also award-winning; the ambiance, environment, and even the story, reminiscent of the work of Cormac McCarthy; perhaps no coincidence, as it was filmed in the same region as the Coen Brothers film, based on McCarthy’s novel, No Country for Old Men; buy it or rent it, but just make sure that you see it. (PR)

See our posts on Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian,  and Outer Dark.

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