Lester Ballard, a violent, solitary and introverted young backwoodsman, is released from jail and allowed to haunt the hill country of East Tennessee, preying on the population with his strange lusts.
McCarthy transforms commonplace brushes with humanity into stunning scenes of the comic and the grotesque, and as the story hurtles toward its unforgettable conclusion, depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humour, and characteristic lyrical brilliance.
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"A powerful and talented writer, able to elicit compassion for his protagonist however terrible his actions" (Sunday Times)
"McCarthy charts the terrible decline of Lester Ballard with passion, tenderness, eloquence, and a humour which...is attuned perfectly to the bitter wryness of the South." (Times Literary Supplement)
"His prose, unfailingly beautiful and exact, carries us into a dreamworld of astonishing and violent revelation" (Tobias Wolff)
The Reader's Voice.
The biggest, sickening impact for me was the way in which the young child was portrayed and the attitude of others, to him.
His voice and expression.
I did listen to it all in one go. It is fairly short, but this wasn't born out of a disparate desire not to put it down, it was more chance timings.
It is a strange book, strange people, strange times.
It's like Mr. McCarthy wrote this for Mr. Stechshulte. They are alike: two comedians. Tom speaks in every Southern tongue, he sings or weeps if necessary, he is Child of God himself. Every word echoes for weeks in my memory. This frighteningly terrible and hilarious book becames an unforgottable audio experience. I look up other Stechshulte narrations for sure.
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