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Outer Dark av Cormac McCarthy
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Outer Dark (urspr publ 1968; utgåvan 1994)

av Cormac McCarthy (Författare)

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This stark novel is set in an unspecified place in Appalachia, sometime around the turn of the century. A woman bears her brother's child, a boy; he leaves the baby in the woods and tells her he died of natural causes. Discovering her brother's lie, she sets forth alone to find her son. Both brother and sister wander separately through a countryside being scourged by three terrifying and elusive strangers, headlong toward an eerie, apocalyptic resolution.… (mer)
Medlem:Teiresias1960
Titel:Outer Dark
Författare:Cormac McCarthy (Författare)
Info:Picador (1994), 256 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Outer Dark av Cormac McCarthy (1968)

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Holy hell that was bleak... and highly ambiguous... read this through any critical lens you choose, this lends itself to myriad interpretations, though none good. ( )
  exhypothesi | Mar 7, 2021 |
By this, his second novel, most of the McCarthy greatness is present, but he still had to shed a few of the sillier stuff that was dragging him down--most importantly, his belief that people can still be shocked by incest, the murder of the innocents, and infantophagy. Yes, the former is meant to put this squarely in Greek tragedy territory, but the latter (only hinted at, even here) as been de rigueur since Swift, and the murder of innocents functions much better in Blood Meridian, where instead of being the 'terrible' climax, it simply suffuses the entirety of the book/universe.

But that can be ignored. This is my second time through Outer Dark, and it really is an excellent novel: memorable scenes, an accurate depiction of childbirth and its after-effects, and much, much tighter than Orchard Keeper. This might be the place to start with McCarthy, in fact. ( )
  stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
This is an darkly atmospheric and episodic tale, as we follow the separate travels of a brother and sister around some uncertain part of the American South, probably in the late 19th Century. She is searching for her lost new born child and he follows, searching for her. The land is a harsh, unforgiving wilderness and the people who inhabit it often as harsh as the climate and as poor as the soil. Alternating episodes deal with encounters of the siblings on their travels. The sister, Rinthy, tends to accept hospitality from people on the way and be treated well, while her brother, Culla, more often than not stumbles into situations where he falls foul of suspicion and the pointed finger of blame for for crimes for which he is blameless - unless it is perhaps reward for his refusal to accept hospitality as he journeys, or the act he commits that sets both of them on their journey.

McCarthy weaves the tale with dazzling language, flights of metaphor and simile that bring to life the harsh world of the book. He does not worry that the language of narration is nothing that the simple, illiterate main characters of the novel could compose - or even, probably, comprehend - but merely chooses his analogies for their power and vividness (although, very occasionally, he overstretches, such as "as unfamiliar as android visitors from an alien world", which is just too far from the setting to sit right). The high language and episodic, picaresque narrative give the whole tale the feel of parable, and this is reinforced by the third storyline, the dark, murderous trio of men who occasionally cross Culla's path, setting up the eventual meeting and denouement. But if the tale is a parable, it is not one that is straightforward or easy to understand, but dark and murky, filled with uncertainty and uneasiness and thoroughly disturbing.

There is one lighter moment, oddly. On one of the occasions when Culla is falsely accused of a crime - indeed, the one for which the outcome appears most serious - the whole event quickly takes on the air of farce and, despite the imminent danger, I found it close to laugh out loud funny amidst the sombre tone of the rest of the novel. McCarthy is a writer of quite stunning power, and I'm just sorry I left it so long to make his acquaintance. ( )
  Pezski | Jun 8, 2017 |
McCarthy's second novel (1968), about the incestuous Holme siblings circa 1900. ( )
  beaujoe | Oct 3, 2016 |
Review: Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy. I thought it was a well written book for McCarthy’s style and quality of grammar. I enjoyed every aspect.

This story was about a brother (Culla) and sister (Rinthy) living in the wilderness, poverty stricken, in a run down camp. There was incest involved which led to the birth of a baby boy. The brother did not want to keep the baby so while his sister slept he took the baby and left it in the woods to die. He went back to his sister and when she woke he told her the baby died right after birth.

Unknown to the brother a tinker man was on route through the path where the baby was left. The tinker took the baby and found a woman to raise the child. The book never said if he was trying to save its life or if he just was interest in the baby to sell. This is the way McCarthy leaves his readers to fill in what has not been said in his book. He keeps us thinking and sometimes answering our own questions. Creepy, spooky dark dimensions.

I enjoy his way of explaining or not explaining some of the dense dark secrets of the story. His description of the characters, environment, events, is enough to keep the person interest to the end of the book. Plus, the way he creates the dialect is exceptional by his poetic descriptions of the land and its people. His deep invasion of words ultimately specks for itself.

The story continues…The sister with her mother instincts tells her that her brother is lying to her. She believes the baby is alive. She sets out across the Appalachian country side looking for her son. She travels through thick and thin, ushering what intellect she has and ventures into the world that is so unknown to her. With only the close on her back, no shoes on her feet she follows the trail of the tinker man. Plus, at a later time her brother takes his journey, working here and there for food in the hopes of finding his sister. Both characters lived in a dark world. The story continues….Creepy, spooky, set in a dark dimension aura…

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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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The originality of Mr. McCarthy's novel is not in its theme or locale, both of which are impressively ancient. It is his style which compels admiration, a style compounded of Appalachian phrases as plain and as functional as an ax.
tillagd av eereed | ändraNew York Times, Guy Davenport (Oct 29, 1968)
 
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They crested out on the bluff in the late afternoon sun with their shadows long on the sawgrass and burnt sedge, moving single file and slowly high above the river and with something of its own implacability, pausing and grouping for a moment and going on again strung out in silhouette against the sun and then dropping under the crest of the hill into a fold of blue shadow with light touching them about the head in spurious sanctity until they had gone on for such a time as saw the sun down altogether and they moved in shadow altogether which suited them very well.
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This stark novel is set in an unspecified place in Appalachia, sometime around the turn of the century. A woman bears her brother's child, a boy; he leaves the baby in the woods and tells her he died of natural causes. Discovering her brother's lie, she sets forth alone to find her son. Both brother and sister wander separately through a countryside being scourged by three terrifying and elusive strangers, headlong toward an eerie, apocalyptic resolution.

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