McCarthy has been faulted for the apparent relish with which he describes the cruelest actions: the casual shooting of the dancing bear in Blood Meridian, for instance. At other moments in his stories, casual suffering is merely poignant, like that of the small bird impaled alive and fluttering upon a cactus spine in Pretty Horses. Yet in his relentless insistence upon cruelty and violence, Cormac McCarthy is perhaps making a subtle aesthetic — even a moral — point.What about old-fashioned sensationalism? I’ve only read one of his novels, The Road, which I thought was awful: Slogging through best-sellerdom.
Saturday, July 25, 2020
… Cormac McCarthy, brutal but brilliant | Spectator USA. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)