Multcolib Picks: If you like Cormac McCarthy
Annotation:Harry, an elderly man, tells the story of a series of events that occurred in his 11th year, when the mutilated, murdered bodies of prostitutes began turning up in the county where his father was the local constable.
Annotation:The story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his desperate yet personal faith. He falls under the spell of a "blind" street preacher and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter. In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, Hazel founds the The Church Without Christ, but is still thwarted in his efforts to lose God.
Annotation:A dark allegorical masterpiece based on the author's own traumatic experiences in the Belgian Congo, recounts the voyage of Marlow up the Congo River in search of the mysterious Mr. Kurtz - a white trader whose domination of the local natives had transformed him into a depraved and abominable tyrant.
Annotation:Lou Ford is the deputy sheriff of a small town in Texas. The worst thing most people can say against him is that he's a little slow and a little boring. But, then, most people don't know about the sickness--the sickness that almost got Lou put away when he was younger. The sickness that is about to surface again.
Annotation:The author imagines an America of the future where a man and a woman trek across a devastated and dangerous landscape, finding strength in each other and an unexpected love. Once the safest, most prosperous place on earth, the United States is now a lawless, scantly populated wasteland.
Annotation:When a frontier baron hires gunslingers Charlie and Eli Sisters to kill a prospector named Herman Kermit Warm, the brothers journey from Oregon to San Francisco, and eventually to Warm's claim in the Sierra foothills, running into a witch, a bear, a dead Indian, a parlor of drunken floozies, and a gang of murderous fur trappers.
Annotation:America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst the destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive.
Annotation:Based on incidents that took place in the southwestern United States and Mexico around 1850, this novel chronicles the crimes of a band of outlaws, with a particular focus on one, "the kid," a boy of fourteen.
Annotation:John Grady Cole, a 16-year-old dispossessed Texan, crosses the Rio Grande into Mexico in 1949, accompanied by his pal Lacey Rawlins. The two precocious horsemen pick up a sidekick--a laughable but deadly marksman named Jimmy Blevins--encounter various adventures on their way south and finally arrive at a paradisiacal hacienda where Cole falls into an ill-fated romance.
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Cormac McCarthy has a unique style, writing stories that are psychological, intense and often unremittingly bleak. Here are some more authors to try after you've exhausted all of Cormac McCarthy's works.