If he wasn't trying so hard to be Faulkner, his work wouldn't be such a chore to read.

If he wasn't trying so hard to be Faulkner, his work wouldn't be such a chore to read. His prose is beautiful, but the styling is a gimmick that serves no purpose and gets annoying after awhile. If he only did it with two or three books, I'd be okay with it. But it's his style.

He's trying to turn the western (genre fic) into literature and it just doesn't work. He should be having fun with the material, but he's too focused on trying to win the Pulitzer.

He makes violence boring.

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Another redditor filtered by McChuddy

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Frick you, punctuation was created for a reason.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I thought it was just a fun story about a giant monster baby self insert

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Western has already been turned into literature, long time ago. Read Warlock.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Or Butcher's Crossing.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Try reading him, dumbass.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >t. exposed as barely literate and now buttmad

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I was _seething_ when he said he didn't like semi-colons; who does this guy think he is?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      He isn't a semi-sodomite like you.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I think it makes the prose flow really well as long as you're not trying to speed-read.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Faulkner throws in punctuation a plenty so wtf are you talking about?

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    He was only Faulkner-like in his first few books.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      McCarthy's Faulkner heritage is really only visible in his prose (specifically in the early works, not so much after that). The Orchard Keeper is aesthetically and thematically still quite different from Faulkner even if McCarthy is still a bit of a fanboy for Faulknerian devices in that one.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >i was too obvious last time, so this time i'll make sure i actually make it look like i have some genuine gripes, that way the entire thread won't just be anons calling me out for being a massive gay
    suck a dick

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    How the frick is McCarthy's style even similar to Faulkner
    Faulkner tended to be very punctuation heavy when he wasn't doing Stream of Consciousness, he was a very maximalist author
    McCarthy not only doesn't use Faulkner style Stream of Consciousness, his prose also doesn't mimick Faulkner's cadence or punctuation
    In fact the only vaguely Faulknerian thing about McCarthy's prose is the thing you praised him for, when he enters a flowery lyrical mode
    Even their subject matter is completely different. Faulkner was obsessed with recreating the feeling of old Greek tragedys and loved dynastic narratives while McCarthy usually sticks to a sort of Neo Biblical narrative

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      His writing is more like Hemmingway with Faulknarian themes

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        His themes aren't very Faulknerian and McCarthy's most minimalistic style is probably still more florid than Hemingway's most flowery.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's a distinct southerness and heaviness (gothicness?) that is common to both, albeit more rooted in the fact they are, after all, men who share a common cultural heritage. But I agree with the rest. Faulkner is quite emotional in his prose voice, you can tell he feels heavily for the people he is writing about. McCarthy, although very considerate of human behaviour, is much more neutral objectivist in his voice. The drama in McCarthy is in the natural world rather than between humans.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This Chad reads.

      Dam it. Now I gotta Google "maximalist" in relation to authors, dynastic narratives and Neo Biblical. In the commercial breaks during the handegg games today, I'll be researching these terms.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >he's too focused on trying to win the Pulitzer.
    Blood Meridian went unnoticed for years yet he still continued to write books with his same style during that time.

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