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The Orchard Keeper

February 8, 2011

McCarthy’s first novel. Stylistically more baroque than his later work, less interested in story, it’s most interesting for its tactile Appalachia, and for the seeds of later novels that you find buried here and there. Halfway through, this description of a man and boy: “They moved on across the field, through vapors of fog and wisps of light, to the east, looking like the last survivors of Armageddon.”

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