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Child of God

McCarthy, Cormac

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ISBN 10: 0701120959 / ISBN 13: 9780701120955
Editorial: Chatto & Windus, 1975
Condición: Near Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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Near fine first printing in near fine, price-clipped dustwrapper. The book is square and tight with pages free of markings. A little dust to top edge but generally a fresh copy with no evidence of reading. The dustwrapper is a little age toned but apart from the price clipping, the wrapper is clean, unmarked and without chips or tears. Photos available on request. A very attractive copy. As a keen collector myself I make every effort to provide a high level of service. Enquiries welcomed. N° de ref. de la librería 005933

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Título: Child of God

Editorial: Chatto & Windus

Año de publicación: 1975

Encuadernación: Hardback

Condición del libro:Near Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine

Edición: First Edition.

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Sinopsis:

By the author of the critically acclaimed Border Trilogy, "Child of God" is a taut, chilling novel that plumbs the depths of human degradation. Lester Ballard, a violent, solitary and introverted young backwoodsman dispossessed on his ancestral land, is released from jail and allowed to haunt the hill country of East Tennessee, preying on the population with his strange lusts. McCarthy transforms commonplace brushes with humanity - in homesteads, stores and in the woods - into stunning scenes of the comic and the grotesque, and as the story hurtles toward its unforgettable conclusion, depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humour, and characteristic lyrical brilliance. "Demands its reader's attention from the opening sentence" - "Newsweek". "A reading experience so impressive, so 'new', so clearly well made that it seems almost to defy the easy aesthetic categories ...Accomplished in rare, spare, precise yet poetic prose" - New Republic. "His prose, unfailingly beautiful and exact, carries us into a dreamworld of astonishing and violent revelation. It is a frightening, entrancing world, which we must finally recognize as our own" - Tobias Wolff. "McCarthy is a powerful and talented writer, able to elicit compassion for his protagonist however terrible his action" - Sunday Times.

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"Scuttling down the mountain with the thing on his back he looked like a man beset by some ghast succubus, the dead girl riding him with legs bowed akimbo like a monstrous frog." Child of God must be the most sympathetic portrayal of necrophilia in all of literature. The hero, Lester Ballard, is expelled from his human family and ends up living in underground caves, which he peoples with his trophies: giant stuffed animals won in carnival shooting galleries and the decomposing corpses of his victims. Cormac McCarthy's much-admired prose is suspenseful, rich with detail, and yet restrained, even delicate, in its images of Lester's activities. So tightly focused is the story on this one "child of God" that it resembles a myth, or parable. "You could say that he's sustained by his fellow men, like you.... A race that gives suck to the maimed and the crazed, that wants their wrong blood in its history and will have it."

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