McCarthy’s work is always hard for me to explain why I like it so much. My only explanation is that it’s just so visceral. I think he writes about the basest part of the human condition. The emotions and mentality that makes us do the things we do. He writes about survival, his characters mostly live on the edge of society, the dark places where most of us don’t want to tread.
That being said All the Pretty Horses isn’t quite as dark and gritty as his previous works. It’s about a kid who seems to want to live a life that’s long past. He sets off to Mexico on horseback to find that life. He finds it and finds a girl to love, but in true McCarthy fashion it all falls apart and vicious violence ensues.
This is a brilliantly messed up book. Taking place also in Tennessee in the early 1900’s. Rinthy and Culla are brother and sister who have a baby together. You read that correctly. In his shame Culla takes the baby out to the woods to kill it but instead gives the baby away to a tinker, but tells Rinthy that he killed it. Rinthy finds out he didn’t and sets out to find her child and Culla goes after her.
This is, what I believe, McCarthy’s darkest book. The landscape described is always bleak and rainy and people Culla comes across are dark hearted and untrusting of him. Rinthy’s journey is a little more lighthearted, but she carries her darkness with her.
If you’re a Lucero fan, then you know who Ben Nichols is. If you’re not, then you should get familiar with them because they’re a great band.
The Last Pale Light In The West is an EP by Ben Nichols that was inspired by the Cormac McCarthy novel Blood Meridian. If you’re familiar with the novel you will know it heavily influence this album just by reading the track list. And if you listen to the album you will hear paraphrases from the novel in the lyrics.
The Last Pale Light In The West