Cormac McCarthy = Edith Wharton

I just saw No Country for Old Men.  I’ve been avoiding watching the movie because I liked the book so much.  The movie was faithful to the book.  Fan-tastic.

I am a big fan of Cormac.  And that’s where the title heading come’s from.

The prose style of McCarthy is really sparse, evocative, and elliptical.  In other words, he is able to get a lot through with very little.  And I think in a sense, it’s very similar in the way Edith Wharton was able to get convey her sense of story.  Edith, was the one who wrote The Age of Innocence, among other books — which was adapted into an underrated and beautifully shot movie by Scorsese.  So imagine Wharton with steroids, guns, Texas, and all other things manly, then you got Cormac.  Okay, I’ve obviously gone over the edge here.

But the above thought did cross my mind.  And all of you should read  The Road when you get a chance.

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  1. The Road, for me, is the best novel ever written in the history of mankind. I literally have to stop in each paragraph while reading it. It too much to handle. I’m currently reading No Country. I’m done with the few chapters and I can say that the book is better. I love the movie version as well, though.

  2. Did you hear they’re making (well, made) The Road into a movie? I suppose it wouldn’t be too hard, but when I heard of some Blood Meridian movie plans I just about broke my sides with laughter. What commonalities do you see between Wharton and McCarthy?

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