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03 Jul 2016 at 11:44 am #8411
GlassMember04 Jul 2016 at 1:11 pm #8414
Funny how things affect us in different ways. I’m like that with the end of The Road. I hate it. It seems to me to present utter hopelessness. And yet Dianne Luce says it reduces her to tears every time she reads it because it’s so beautiful.
robmcinroyQuote04 Jul 2016 at 9:52 pm #8415
Hopelessness is also the title of the new album by Anohni ( formerly known as Antony, of Antony and the Johnsons fame). The most powerful music I’ve heard in ages.
cantonaQuote05 Jul 2016 at 11:45 am #8416
Re: the end of The Road.
Good gosh, I still read the end of THE ROAD as resoundingly hopeful. I can’t see it any other way.
And the end of SUTTREE that Glass hates? I love that too. How nice that McCarthy gives us alternate ways of looking at it. If I didn’t know better, I’d think he studied quantum mechanics and Hugh Everett’s Many Worlds theory. Of course, in some worlds he probably does, has, and will.
Richard L.Quote28 Jul 2016 at 8:35 pm #8466
The best things about SUTTREE are the humor, the clear imagery, that is, the kind you don’t need an OED to decipher, and the dialect. Gene Harrogate nods to Sut Lovingood but Gene is still a comic original. In dialect Cormac surpasses Faulkner. The worst thing about the novel is Suttree the character, a self-absorbed, drunken bum through a good deal of the story. He’s more complicated than that as I show in my essay in the Suttree Casebook, Second Edition. Still, Bud Suttree is not a sympathetic character and doesn’t really present a convincing case for his escapist debauchery. I’m mostly with Glass on Bud S.
BobbyKnoxvilleQuote29 Jul 2016 at 9:29 am #8467
I meant to include in the last post that Erskine is all wet on the minor characters in the novel. They are certainly not boring and at times strikingly distinguishable. Blind Richard, Trippin through the Dew, Ethel, Wanda and most of the others are usually drawn well enough for us to see and hear them clearly.
I seldom visited the Huddle but one time there I heard some guy ask Blind Richard, “You holdin’ anything.” Richard blew him off with a smirk and a shrug.
Sometimes the crit-liters get it wrong. When they do, fly them.
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