Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy

“Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy

Ive seen the meanness of humans till I dont know why God aint put out the sun and gone away.

This was another dark novel by Cormac McCarthy. If you read The Road, and are expecting a more upbeat novel from McCarthy, please turn back now, and run!

A brother and sister have a baby together. They have conflicted feelings about this; the sister wants to see the baby, but before she can, the brother abandons it in the forest to die. But…that doesn’t happen. The rest of the book is about the sister running away seeking the child, and the brother seeking the sister. Along the way the brother encounters evil men, and the sister encounters kind people. There is a tinker, and a gang of 3 violent men too.

This story reads like a parable of good and evil. There is a lot of murder and death in this story. I am still mulling over this book in my mind. The brother kept encountering bad situations on his journey, was this punishment from God for his action? The sister encountered better people who empathized with a woman looking for their child. In the end though, they were both punished for their original sin.

Many feel the biblical allusions when reading this, and I felt it too. Instead of Mary’s miraculous birth, we have insect. Instead of 3 wisemen, we have 3 bad men. There are pig shepherds. There is human sacrifice too, but is it for their sins, or for others?

The story will stay in my mind for a time to come, but this isn’t a story for everybody. Many complained it was violent, but that’s like ordering a beef hamburger and complaining there is too much beef in it. If you know McCarthy, you know what you’re getting into.

Rating: ★★★★★

Book #7 in my #ReadingChallenge2021 #BookReview #Books #CormacMcCarthy #USA #violent #horror”,

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