Outer Dark

Outer Dark

Book - 1993 | 1st Vintage International ed
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This stark novel is set in 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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1993
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
Copyright Date: ©1968
ISBN: 9780679728733
Branch Call Number: F MCCAR-C
Characteristics: 242 pages ; 21 cm


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Mar 01, 2018

A dark parable with wonderful poetic prose. Evil characters and difficult situations in the journeys of the two protagonists are masterfully described by a wonderful wordsmith. Worth reading if you appreciate the author or are interested in the book.

May 10, 2016

Alright book. Very... interesting

Sep 28, 2015

The content of this book is a little troubling but the journey the woman goes on to find her child is extrodinary. Great descriptive writing. Cormac really puts you there.

Jan 14, 2013

This is a troubling, difficult story that takes you to a place and circumstance, a desperation and level of poverty, that is a bit like having a terrible dream you want so badly to awaken from and yet realize the next day has left you with a message you will not forget.

I have read all of McCarthy's books, this being the last. For me, the writing of this story is his greatest writing of all.

But beware. The story that emerges is very ugly. Like Neil Young once said about a sad song he'd written: it starts out depressing and goes downhill from there. Not unique to this of his books, McCarthy has created some characters so horrific and vicious that it makes the story difficult to endure.

I suggest reading this story for it's poetry and larger message, knowing that it's a story you won't forget....even if there are parts of it you'd prefer you could.


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