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Outer Dark is a novel at once fabular and starkly evocative, set is 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.

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"A perfectly executed work of the imagination. [McCarthy] has made the fabulous real, the ordinary mysterious." The New York Times

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"McCarthy is a master stylist, perhaps without an equal in American letters....In [his] hands, everything is done with consummate skill — a kind of maximalism with precision crafting." Village Voice

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"McCarthy's re-creation of the local dialect is surpassed by his poetic descriptions of the land and its people...a profound parable that ultimately speaks to any society at any time." Time

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Outer Dark is a novel at once fabular and starkly evocative, set is 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.

About the Author

Cormac McCarthy was born in Rhode Island in1933 and spent most of his childhood near Knoxville, Tennessee. He served in the U.S. Air Force and later studied at the University of Tennessee. In 1976 he moved to El Paso, Texas, where he lives today. McCarthy's fiction parallels his movement from the Southeast to the West — the first four novels being set in Tennessee, the last three in the Southwest and Mexico. The Orchard Keeper (1965) won the Faulkner Award for a first novel; it was followed by Outer Dark (1968), Child of God (1973), Suttree (1979), Blood Meridian (1985), All the Pretty Horses, which won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award for fiction in 1992, and The Crossing.

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awadeb, May 7, 2007 (view all comments by awadeb)
Outer Dark is one of my favorite McCarthy books. The novel is full of biblical themes and allegory but I don't think that it would put anyone off. The imagery is very clear and alluring. McCarthy does a great job of pulling the reader in to his dark, scary, and mysterious world from the first sentence. However, some of the imagery might be a bit too heavy for those with a queasy stomach. Although not nearly as gory as Blood Meridian, the situation in which Culla and Rinthy, ( the main characters), are involved, and the other characters they run into, are devastatingly haunting, and have not left my mind since reading the book. This book definitely ranks up there with Blood Meridian.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679728733
Author:
McCarthy, Cormac
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Incest
Subject:
Abandoned children
Subject:
Tennessee
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Incest -- Tennessee, East -- Fiction.
Subject:
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
no. 1
Publication Date:
19930631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x 0.58 in 0.4 lb

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Product details 256 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679728733 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A perfectly executed work of the imagination. [McCarthy] has made the fabulous real, the ordinary mysterious."
"Review" by , "McCarthy is a master stylist, perhaps without an equal in American letters....In [his] hands, everything is done with consummate skill — a kind of maximalism with precision crafting."
"Review" by , "McCarthy's re-creation of the local dialect is surpassed by his poetic descriptions of the land and its people...a profound parable that ultimately speaks to any society at any time."
"Synopsis" by , Outer Dark is a novel at once fabular and starkly evocative, set is 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.
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