Our list of some of the best Cormac Mccarthy books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.
- Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (1992)
- No Country for Old Men (2006)
- Child of God (1993)
- The Road (2007)
- All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, Book 1) (1993)
- The Orchard Keeper (1993)
- Cities of the Plain: Border Trilogy (3) (1999)
- Suttree (1992)
- The Crossing (The Border Trilogy, Book 2) (1995)
- Outer Dark (1993)
- Gardener’s Son (2014)
- The Counselor (Movie Tie-in Edition): A Screenplay (Vintage International) (2013)
- The Stonemason: A Play in Five Acts (1995)
An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America’s westward expansion, brilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the “wild west.” Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into the nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the mark…
No Country for Old Men (2006)
In his blistering new novel, Cormac McCarthy returns to the Texas-Mexico border, setting of his famed Border Trilogy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones. One day, a good old boy named Llewellyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a bodyguard of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the back.
Child of God (1993)
In this taut, chilling novel, Lester Ballard–a violent, dispossessed man falsely accused of rape–haunts the hill country of East Tennessee when he is released from jail. While telling his story, Cormac McCarthy depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humor, and characteristic lyrical brilliance.
The Road (2007)
A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there.
The national bestseller and the first volume in Cormac McCarthy’s , is the tale of John Grady Cole, who at sixteen finds himself at the end of a long line of Texas ranchers, cut off from the only life he has ever imagined for himself. With two companions, he sets off for Mexico on a sometimes idyllic, sometimes comic journey to a place where dreams are paid for in blood. Winner of the National B…
The Orchard Keeper (1993)
An American classic, is the first novel by one of America’s finest, most celebrated novelists. Set is a small, remote community in rural Tennessee in the years between the two world wars, it tells of John Wesley Rattner, a young boy, and Marion Sylder, an outlaw and bootlegger who, unbeknownst to either of them, has killed the boy’s father. Together with Rattner’s Uncle Ather, who belongs to a former age in his communion with nature and his stoic independence, they enact a…
Cities of the Plain: Border Trilogy (3) (1999)
In this magnificent new novel, the National Book Award-winning author of and fashions a darkly beautiful elegy for the American frontier. The setting is New Mexico in 1952, where John Grady Cole and Billy Parham are working as ranch hands. To the North lie the proving grounds of Alamogordo; to the South, the twin cities of El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. Their life is made up of trail drives and horse auctions and stories told by campfire light.
By the author of and , is the story of Cornelius Suttree, who has forsaken a life of privilege with his prominent family to live in a dilapidated houseboat on the Tennessee River near Knoxville. Remaining on the margins of the outcast community there–a brilliantly imagined collection of eccentrics, criminals, and squatters–he rises above the physical and human squalor with detachment, humor, and dignity.
In , Cormac McCarthy fulfills the promise of and at the same time give us a work that is darker and more visionary, a novel with the unstoppable momentum of a classic western and the elegaic power of a lost American myth.In the late 1930s, sixteen-year-old Billy Parham captures a she-wolf that has been marauding his family’s ranch. But instead of killing it, he decides to take it back to the mountains…
Outer Dark (1993)
is a novel at once fabular and starkly evocative, set is an unspecified place in Appalachia, sometime around the turn of the century. A woman bears her brother’s child, a boy; he leaves the baby in the woods and tells her he died of natural causes. Discovering her brother’s lie, she sets forth alone to find her son. Both brother and sister wander separately through a countryside being scourged by three terrifying and elusive strangers, headlong toward an eerie, a…
Gardener’s Son (2014)
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy’s acclaimed first screenplay, the basis for an Emmy-nominated film—a taut, riveting intergenerational drama of fathers and sons, power, inequality, rage, and violence set in post-Civil War South Carolina.Set in Graniteville, South Carolina, The Gardener’s Son is a tale of privilege and hardship, animosity and vengeance brought to life through two familie…
On the eve of becoming a married man, the Counselor makes a risky entrée into the drug trade—and gambles that the consequences won’t catch up to him. Along the gritty terrain of the Texas–Mexico border, a respected and recently engaged lawyer throws his stakes into a cocaine trade worth millions. His hope is that it will be a one-time deal and that, afterward, he can settle into life with his beloved fiancée.
From a writer hailed as an American original — and the author of the national bestsellers All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing — comes a taut, expansively imagined drama about four generations of an African American family.The setting is Louisville, Kentucky, in the 1970s. The Telfairs are stonemasons and have been for generations.
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Cormac McCarthy, Philosophy and the Physics of the Damned
Author(s): Patrick O'Connor
ID: 3259673, Publisher: Edinburgh University Press, Year: 2022, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf
In a Vision of the Night: Job, Cormac McCarthy, and the Challenge of Chaos
Author(s): Philip S. Thomas
ID: 3195556, Publisher: Baylor University Press, Year: 2021, Size: 10 Mb, Format: pdf
A Bloody and Barbarous God: The Metaphysics of Cormac McCarthy
Author(s): Petra Mundik
ID: 3236075, Publisher: University of New Mexico Press, Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub
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