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5.0 von 5 Sternen Grotesque masterpiece., 17. April 2000
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
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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Stunning!, 5. April 2013
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After The Road, my absolute favorite regarding modern literature, I was looking for other McCarthy novels and found this one. Although the setting of Child of God is entirely different from The Road, it entirely matched my expectations featuring the outstanding style of McCarthy!

A remark for non-native speakers, as I am one: The vocabulary and style used throughout this novel are demanding. But that is exactly what makes it a rewarding read!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a dark gem, 27. April 1999
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Child of God is not flawed in the way Outer Dark is. The plot is sound and focused. Also, the prose is a perfect 10, as high-voltage and as sustained as any I have ever read. Cormac is not well enough known considering his talent. This is his most perfect (though Blood Meridian is more intense, more valuable). He writes with a scalpel.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Better than promised, 26. Juni 1999
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One reviewer said that the book "grabbed you from the first sentence," and it's true. I was impressed by the elegance of this extremely spare prose. The scene in the blacksmith's shop is a minor masterpiece, and could easily stand alone as a short story. It's hard to imagine better writing than this.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A grotesque masterpiece, 1. Juli 2000
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Cormac McCarthy, the heir to the Faulknerian tradition (and, in my opinion, a better artist than its founder), has created what is perhaps the most disturbing and beautiful novel to come out in the last fifty years. Dealing gracefully, even sympathetically, with something as heinous as necrophilia, McCarthy makes us feel what Lester Ballard is feeling. You could say that Ballard is the hero, or the antihero, but that kind of [stuff] is exactly what makes me want to stay as far away from "normal" literary criticism. This novel is too complex, too finely put together, to be pigeonholed by the literary crowd. Read it for the language, read it for the moral complexity, but read it.
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