Friday, April 13, 2007

Oprah Picks Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road'

Novelist Cormac McCarthy made a big splash in the literary world a few years back with this Border Trilogy, epic novels that captured the adventurous (and violent) spirit of the Texas-Mexico borderlands in the early decades of the twentieth century.

McCarthy's most recent book, The Road, now out in paperback, has also made a splash. It's the current pick of the revived Oprah Book Club, a fact which is likely to boost sales and bring more attention to the reclusive author. We haven't read The Road, but the reviews have been mostly positive. It's a survival story, which makes it sound rather bleak.

If his earlier books (Child of God, Blood Meridian, All the Pretty Horses, Cities of the Plain) are any clue, McCarthy's new book will be dense, beautiful and terrifying all at the same time. The Road is worth a look.


R. Higgs said...

I am a long-time admirer of Cormac McCarthy, so I was pleased to see you refer to him here. His extraordinary body of work has many of the literati placing him among the greatest American writers ever. "The Road" is gut-wrenching, terrifying and deeply moving, usually all at once.
There is a great online forum at that is the most literary site I've found on the web. The responses by the scholars, philosophers, writers and critics who post there to the news that "The Road" is an Oprah selection has been quite hilarious.
--Richard Higgs

R. Higgs said...

By the way, Alternative Tulsa, I'm glad to have discovered your blog. I invite you to visit my blog as well, recently started. I call it Tulsa Streetlife. It is located at I intend it to be , entertaining vignettes of life in Tulsa, perhaps similar in tone to The New Yorker's 'talk of the town' section. I have added your blog site to my links there. If you enjoy Tulsa Streetlife and feel it worthy, we would welcome a reciprocal link. Keep up the great work!
R. Higgs

Alternative Tulsa said...

Thanks Richard. We'll add Tulsa Streetlife to our site.