Podcast on McCarthy

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  • 28 Feb 2016 at 10:33 am #8196

    Glass
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    The Society’s own Stacey Peebles is one of the McCarthy experts taking part in this excellent podcast:
    http://www.newstalk.com/reader/47.339.356/66155/0/


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    28 Feb 2016 at 12:43 pm #8197

    Ken
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    Thanks, Glass, and I just listened to it (the first half of the show, and part of the second half, which was not on McCarthy). Please correct me if I misheard or have poorly summarized what I heard:

    Every novel got mentioned except The Orchard Keeper until the question was McCarthy’s “WORST” novel! I had to laugh (as it has long been my personal favorite). The panelists did not say it is a bad novel, but their mentioning it following that question, and the only time it was mentioned at all, implies a certain degree of disdain (perhaps too strong a term) dislike distaste for the novel. The complaints: too Faulknerian, too modernist, and too difficult. What does “too modernist” mean? And how difficult is it?

    Also, a surprise to me was, when asked about the three best novels excluding Blood Meridian, no one named Suttree.


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    05 Mar 2016 at 9:01 pm #8205

    adrianb
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    Yes, thanks for posting this. I thought it was a good discussion, although very brief. Stacy Peebles and the Irish dude doing his PhD on McCarthy were both very articulate and I found myself agreeing with much of what they said about McCarthy and his books. I actually wasn’t surprised when most of them said that Child of God was their favourite McCarthy book outside of Blood Meridian. It’s my second favourite McCarthy book too (behind Blood Meridian). I adore Suttree, but I find myself re-reading COG all the time, like I do BM.


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