Brief Review: Cormac McCarthy’s Outer Dark


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Classic McCarthy: people on the road, lawless expanses, sparse dialogue, meaningless cruelty. This is McCarthy before he became famous, this novel dating from 1968. I can understand why you would be drawn to the worlds of darkness he creates. But if you are, like me, drawn to his minor works having read the two undisputed masterpieces (The Road and Blood Meridian), then you might find this novel a bit too disturbing and pointless.


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