rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is the best, most thought provoking, book I've read for some years. McCarthy puts a child into the real history of the West and gives him a gun. The result is a blood encrusted epic of mythic slaughter and America's origins. It is also very beautiful. McCarthy is an alchemist. He does simple things and produces something far greater than the sum of these effects.
"the slant black shapes of the mounted men stenciled across the stone with a definition austere and implacable like shapes capable of violating their covenant with the flesh that authored them and continuing autonomous across the naked rock without reference to sun or man or god."
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