Child of God

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Child of God
Falsely accused of rape, Lester Ballard is released from jail, and a trip to the dry-goods store, an errand to the blacksmith, and other incidents are transformed into scenes of the comic and the grotesque.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1993, c1973
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 0679728740
Branch Call Number: FIC M
Characteristics: 197 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jul 12, 2014
  • Piemanthe3rd rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Quite simply put: I didn't get it. I didn't get why this was a story at all. An entirely dislikeable character rambling his way through the hills whose mental state seems to diminish more and more as the story progresses. The book seems to get high praises from those who have read it, so perhaps I have entirely missed the point, but to me the book just seemed pointless. I have, up until now, enjoyed everything I have read by Cormac McCarthy so this book was a surprise. It had the same style but none of the same good quality content. Even the writing seemed to suffer under excessive metaphors and similes attempting to describe the simplistic nature of the world in grandiose ways. I would not recommend this book to anyone. Some may find it disturbing, and others, like myself, may just find it uninteresting.

Sep 25, 2013
  • mariednguyen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Nor is the novel a "horror story," calculated to make us shudder. But even if that were is intention, it would not be more successful than it is as a statement about cruelty, isolation, inhumanity, etc. It is too self-contained for significant effectiveness on any level, Lester too stupid and Lester's peculiarity too limited. Killing people is awful--and it would be awful for us to watch Lester doing it if we cared about Lester; but even if we did care about Lester, it is very unlikely that our concern would be enhanced by watching him dressing and undressing dead girls and getting on top of them. John Fowles's "The Collector" worked because the collector's victim was alive.

What we have in "Child of God" is an essentially sentimental novel that no matter how sternly it strives to be tragic is never more than morose.

Feb 23, 2012
  • dumbghosts rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Strange, bizarre, ultimately rather depressing little book told in Cormac McCarthy's usual dry, bare prose. Rape, incest, necrophilia, murder, arson and shopping for women's underwear... you know... the usual.

Apr 13, 2011
  • kindred1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

If you are not afraid to live in the mind of a madman and you think you can stomach the subject matter of this book, then I strongly recommend it to you. However, it is not for everyone. I think it would appeal to those readers who have a passion for true crime or psychological thrillers, and who are not repelled by strong subject matter.

Oct 19, 2010
  • rhys33 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is my first McCarthy book, so I'm new to his writing style. I initially found his delivery unusual and hard to follow, particularly because of the inclusion of slang in the character dialogue. The style is quite direct however, cleverly written, and easy to pick up. After the first couple pages, the story flows nicely. He says a great deal using just a few words.


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Sep 23, 2013
  • mariednguyen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Other: Release date September 29, 2013 (USA)


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