Child of God
by Cormac McCarthy
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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By Cormac McCarthy, the author of the critique of the Frontier of the Trilogy, the Child of God is tense, a Romanesque cooling that plunges into the depths of human degradationLester Ballard, a violent, solitary and introverted young backwoodsman dispossessed of his ancestral land, is released from prison and allowed to haunt the hill country of East Tennessee, attacking the population with his strange desiresMcCarthy transforms banal brushes with humanity – in farms, shops and in the woods – into superb scenes from the comic strip and the grotesque, and as the story shifts towards its unforgettable conclusion, depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humor and lyrical character of the brilliance
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