Apr 21, 2010

Cormac McCarthy

Earlier this year I went and saw The Road. It was a harrowing and bleak experience, although it still contained its own form of beauty. Of course the film was based on a Cormac McCarthy novel and I was then excited to read the book of the same name. I have just finished it and I am now determined to read ALL of his work. I was that impressed. McCarthy's words flow like few other writers. His topics are often dark and disturbing, but his language is sheer beauty. His ability to encapsulate the visual is second to none.

Of course I previously saw No Country For Old Men, also based on one of his novels. This film was a veritable masterpiece, an instant classic. So I think I might make that the next McCarthy that I plan to read.

Now comes some exciting news. Two more McCarthy books are making their way to the silver screen. In 2011 we will see Blood Meridian, to be directed by Todd Field (In The Bedroom). Then in 2012 we will receive Cities of the Plain to be directed by Andrew Dominik, whose previous film was the magnificent The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. I look forward to both these productions immensely.

Now, here are some quotes from The Road. Please enjoy.

"You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget."

"There is no God and we are his prophets."

"People were always getting ready for tomorrow. I didnt believe in that. Tomorrow wasnt getting ready for them. It didnt even know they were there."

"He walked out in the gray light and stood and he saw for a brief moment the absolute truth of the world. The cold relentless circling of the intestate earth. Darkness implacable. The blind dogs of the sun in their running. The crushing black vacuum of the universe. And somewhere two hunted animals trembling like ground-foxes in their cover. Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it."


  • At April 21, 2010 , Anonymous Sean said...

    McCarthy is an unreal writer. His prose is so spare yet so cutting. I highly recommend The Border Trilogy...The Crossing is particularly powerful. Not sure why they skipped that one and are making a film of the third.

  • At April 23, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hey wayne, i've been reading your blog for awhile now and was curious of what you thought of fionn regan?


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