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Child of God [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Cormac McCarthy
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1. Januar 2010
By the author of the critically acclaimed Border Trilogy, Child of God is a taut, chilling novel that plumbs the depths of human degradation. Lester Ballard, a violent, solitary and introverted young backwoodsman dispossessed on his ancestral land, is released from jail and allowed to haunt the hill country of East Tennessee, preying on the population with his strange lusts. McCarthy transforms commonplace brushes with humanity - in homesteads, stores and in the woods - into stunning scenes of the comic and the grotesque, and as the story hurtles toward its unforgettable conclusion, depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humour, and characteristic lyrical brilliance. A powerful and talented writer, able to elicit compassion for his protagonist however terrible his action' Sunday Times A reading experience so impressive, so new , so clearly well made that it seems almost to defy the easy aesthetic categories ...Accomplished in rare, spare, precise yet poetic prose' New Republic McCarthy charts the terrible decline of Lester Ballard with passion, tenderness, eloquence, and a humour which, at its best, is attuned perfectly to the bitter wryness of the South' Times Literary Supplement

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  • Taschenbuch: 185 Seiten
  • Verlag: Picador (1. Januar 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0330510959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330510950
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 19,7 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (11 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 16.935 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

Mehr über den Autor

Cormac McCarthy wurde 1933 in Rhodes Island geboren und wuchs in Knoxville/Tennessee, auf. Für seine Bücher wurde er u. a. mit dem William Faulkner Award, dem American Academy Award, dem National Book Award und dem National Book Crities Circle Award ausgezeichnet. 2007 erhielt er für seinen epochalen Roman Die Straße den Pulitzerpreis. McCarthy lebt heute in El Paso, Texas. "Kein Land für alte Männer" wurde von den Coen-Brüdern fürs Kino verfilmt.

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"Scuttling down the mountain with the thing on his back he looked like a man beset by some ghast succubus, the dead girl riding him with legs bowed akimbo like a monstrous frog." Child of God must be the most sympathetic portrayal of necrophilia in all of literature. The hero, Lester Ballard, is expelled from his human family and ends up living in underground caves, which he peoples with his trophies: giant stuffed animals won in carnival shooting galleries and the decomposing corpses of his victims. Cormac McCarthy's much-admired prose is suspenseful, rich with detail, and yet restrained, even delicate, in its images of Lester's activities. So tightly focused is the story on this one "child of God" that it resembles a myth, or parable. "You could say that he's sustained by his fellow men, like you.... A race that gives suck to the maimed and the crazed, that wants their wrong blood in its history and will have it." -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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By the author of the critically acclaimed Border Trilogy, "Child of God" is a taut, chilling novel that plumbs the depths of human degradation. Lester Ballard, a violent, solitary and introverted young backwoodsman dispossessed on his ancestral land, is released from jail and allowed to haunt the hill country of East Tennessee, preying on the population with his strange lusts. McCarthy transforms commonplace brushes with humanity - in homesteads, stores and in the woods - into stunning scenes of the comic and the grotesque, and as the story hurtles toward its unforgettable conclusion, depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humour, and characteristic lyrical brilliance. "Demands its reader's attention from the opening sentence" - "Newsweek". "A reading experience so impressive, so 'new', so clearly well made that it seems almost to defy the easy aesthetic categories ...Accomplished in rare, spare, precise yet poetic prose" - New Republic. "His prose, unfailingly beautiful and exact, carries us into a dreamworld of astonishing and violent revelation. It is a frightening, entrancing world, which we must finally recognize as our own" - Tobias Wolff.

"McCarthy is a powerful and talented writer, able to elicit compassion for his protagonist however terrible his action" - Sunday Times. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Grotesque masterpiece. 17. April 2000
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This may be the scariest ride in contemporary American fiction. A tale of the crazed Lester Ballard and his gradual slide into absolute depravity--necrophilia is just the beginning of it--this is dark, dark stuff. It could have been merely a freak show in prose, but fortunately we're in the hands of a master stylist, who makes this a rich, haunting, blackly comic experience. Nor is the violence extraneous to the point, as McCarthy puts forth the notion that even a Lester Ballard--"a child of God much like yourself perhaps"--may somehow occupy a vital place in the human family. A first-rate novel.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Chilling Backwoods Yarn 20. Dezember 1999
Von Mr. E
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This is only the second of McCarthy's books I have read, the other being Blood Meridian. While I have read Blood Meridian 3 times, I would not reread Child Of God. Not to say that Child Of God is a bad book, it is just too disturbing! The violence is far more intimate and upsetting here, than in Blood Meridian. It is like the difference between watching The Wild Bunch and watching a graphic serial killer film. They are both bloody, but the mood is entirely different. A good read, but read with caution!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Spellbinder 10. Januar 2000
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It may be an understatement to say that Child Of God "plumbs the depths of human degradation." Cormac McCarthy's story is shocking and disturbing. It is not a novel for the squeamish. But the writing is superb and the story is riveting. The richness of the vocabulary (often sending me to the dictionary for a word that wasn't there). The dialect ("It's possible. I'd say it might could)." The blacksmith scene. The glimpses into Lester Ballard's twisted mind. This is a book I'll never forget. It was my first exposure to McCarthy. It won't be my last.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Dark, eerie and beautiful simplicity 23. Januar 1997
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A southern-fried American Psycho, although comparing Ellis' novel to McCarthy's is a bit misleading, like comparing a graphically violent, Hollywood splatterpunk epic (i.e. Friday the 13th) to a brooding, dark police documentary.
McCarthy's sparce, acute prose tells the tale of Lester Ballard, his personal and moral decrepitude and the destitute, perverse acts he commits while haunting East Tennessee hill country. No, this is no "slice-of-life" vignette--I would hope not, for God's sake--but a genuinely creepy and chilling rendering of acts that refuse to rear their ugly heads even in today's sensationalism-soaked headlines. McCarthy's refusal to fall back on cartoonish imagery, instead opting for a haunting simplicity, gives rise to the realistic eeriness which propels this novel.
In short, I think it is damn near impossible for anyone with a genuine interest in reading to begin this book without finishing it. Damn near impossible.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen why random violence exists in the world 10. August 1999
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No one finishes Child of God with an indifferent impression. Usually I'm sad to finish a good book, but I was happy when this one was over. Child of God is not a modern day morality tale but a complex book that produces a healthy confusion of pleasure and disquietude. The pleasure is derived from the beautiful language, language especially effective when used to describe a character. It's the subject matter which made my mind uncomfortable. The details are too real, the subject too macabre for a moral human to enjoy. At times Lester Ballard seems closer to the "sympathetic apes" in the story than to a man with a conscience. The first sentence and last twenty pages alone are worth the purchase price of the book; what comes in between will race your pulse and curdle your stomach. Don't read this on a camping trip in the woods, but read it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant, fascinating, not for everybody. 18. April 1999
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"Child of God" is the story of Lester Ballard, outcast, necrophiliac, and psychopath in the Tennessee mountains. I'm sure some people would find this subject matter repellent, but I think the book has just enough of a lyrical quality to keep it from being too distasteful. In the hands of a less talented writer, it could have degenerated into a silly Stephen King-type horror story. In about two hundred pages, Cormac McCarthy creates a powerful and vivid portrait of a twisted individual, one I don't think I'll ever forget. This book is a perfect companion piece to his earlier novel "Outer Dark." (Both of these books would make great movies.)
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