Book #21: Child of God, by Cormac McCarthy

Let’s just say that my most recent reading ventures was… an experience. I’ve never read any Cormac McCarthy before, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect except maybe something fairly grim. I was basically right, but Child of God also has its fair share of humor, though it’s a very dark brand of comedy.

Essentially, Child of God is about Lester Ballard, a man in East Tennessee who lives off the land as an outsider; he’s falsely accused of rape early in the book and spends most of his time on the outskirts of society just trying to survive. Things start to get pretty weird, though, when Lester finds a young couple dead in the backseat of a car in a compromising position. Lester is lonely and takes the female for a “companion”… I assume you can connect the dots.

Now that I’ve finished the book, I’m anxious to watch James Franco’s 2012 film adaptation of the novel, a new addition to Netflix. I love James Franco and we have very similar literary tastes, so I have high hopes for the movie.


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