Cormac McCarthy is the author of ten acclaimed novels, including The Road. Among his honours are the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for lifetime achievement in American literature.
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As professional bookworms we’re obliged to say that the book is always better than the film. But even we have to admit that there have been some pretty brilliant films based on books in recent times. Here’s our pick of the movies based on classic novels that are definitely worth taking your nose out of a book for.
By Philipp Meyer
Thirty years ago, if you’d asked someone to name the most important writers in America, Cormac McCarthy would not have been one of them. His masterpiece, Blood Meridian, had drifted out of print. In fact, all of his books had. McCarthy had lived most of his adult life in near-poverty, shunning publicity, turning down teaching and speaking engagements, and – one suspects – guessing his books would not sell much.
Now, you might well have seen this already, especially if you're a big Cormac McCarthy and/or James Franco fan, but we only just came across it and couldn't resist sharing.
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In 2009 Cormac McCarthy's award-winning novel was adapted for the big screen. With the novel a resounding success, the film was off to a brilliant start with a cast including Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce...
Below is an extract from All the Pretty Horses, the classic, highly regarded novel from Cormac McCarthy. We'd love to know your thoughts on this beautiful novel and McCarthy's writing style. Enjoy!
All the Pretty Horses was immediately hailed as an American classic, and here are just a few of the glowing reviews it received on publication...
McCarthy's novels All the Pretty Horses, Cities of the Plain and The Crossing, are known collectively as 'The Border Trilogy'.
Viewed today, over a decade after it was made, Thornton’s version of All the Pretty Horses, even in its truncated form, seems a better film than most critics were prepared to admit at the time of its release...
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Jeremy Clarkson arguably owes his entire career to roads, but the acerbic critic of cars wouldn't immediately spring to mind as an influential literary critic. That is until he read Cormac McCarthy's career defining novel The Road.
A corollary of the fact that good books almost always make bad films (and that successful adaptations should be taken as no more than freaks or flukes - No Country For Old Men being a case in point after last night's Oscars) is that many of the best films come from inferior source material.
I realise that with this blog post following on from my last one (not to mention the one that was slightly about poker) I'm risking getting myself a reputation as the person who blogs about tacky lowbrow things at Picador. Hang in there though, because in the next couple of weeks I'm hoping to be saying something interesting about Philip Roth.