Outer Dark 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... show more
Outer Dark 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, apocalyptic resolution.
Publish date: June 29th 1993
Pages no: 242
Edition language: English
If you get sleep or if you get noneThe cock's gonna call in the morningCheck the cupboard for your daddy's gunRed sun rises like an early warningThe Lord's gonna come for your first born sonHis hair's on fire and his heart is burningSo go to the river where the water runsWash him deep where the tide...
A very powerful novel... the symbolism gets a tad heavy-handed at times, but I still enjoyed it a lot. There are some genuinely comic moments that are simultaneously extremely dark, and other that are just plain horrifying.
***The following review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish.Proceeding cautiously through my long-awaited, chronological rereading of the works of Cormac McCarthy, reading the supplemental materials I’ve picked up over the years, and marveling at things I hadn’t noticed first time around....
Having given 5* to The Road (my review here http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/64404137), I was surprised and disappointed at how much I disliked this.Like The Road, it is dark and sparse, and involves destitute people travelling on foot, looking for food, shelter and hope, but that is where the s...
I enjoyed the book but it didn't "WOW" me. It didn't throw me into the world or give me any emotional turmoil over the characters. Overall it is nicely written but nothing special. The mystery wasn't very suspenseful. I felt disconnected from the characters. When an emotional event occurred, I didn'...