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The Batebe of Toro Foundation
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You've really got ot be able to tune into the prose. I don't imagine your job helps, Lt., and mine certainly doesn't.
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I actually - seemingly wrongly, it would appear - thought the absence of speech quotes was a literary device used by the writer - the sparseness of the punctuation and the prose echoing the sparseness of the landscape the characters found themselves in.
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I also read it like that, Hofzinser.
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Well, you know, style and content should be fairly seamless - that's the mark of a great (post/)modern writer. You pick the techniques that best suit the work, I don't think there's any real contradiction here.
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I also felt compelled to read this in one day but the emotional wallop others have described never arrived for me.

McCarthy's simple prose does provoke. The idea that language dies almost as quickly as the reality it describes is a brilliant one.

The details of the apocalypse back story are irrevelant beyond those that are skilfully sketched in but the pared to the bone story does lose something.

All The Pretty Horses and the film of No Country For Old Men are all about hard-earned humanity and I felt that with this book McCarthy assumed this message would arise out of the story rather than delivering it.

The use of dialogue alone to convey very complex transactions reminded me of the bits of Faulkner I've read. What it does is flatter the reader by deferring to her recreation of the back and forth.

It also demands that the dialogue be consistent in tone and I didn't think that happened.

Maybe I've missed something, a great deal according to some of you, and maybe I'll read it again but for now file me under disappointed.

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File me under dissappointed too. Not because I've read it, just that I went into Foyles last night and they didn't have it.

May as well have gone to bloody Waterstones.

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It seemed to me an extremely accomplished book, but the unremitting grimness overwhelmed me. I don't think I have the stomach to re-read it, but it was thought provoking.
It probably didn't help that I started it while on vacation in Hawaii, and finished it on the plane back.

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