Loving Cormac McCarthy, but Puzzled


I am a big fan of the writings of Cormac McCarthy. His use of language is thrilling (even though he refuses to use quotation marks. You get used to it).

However, I find myself scratching my head over this paragraph at the end of a chapter (p. 18) in his novel, Outer Dark:

“It howled execration upon the dim camarine world of its nativity wail on wail while he lay there gibbering with palsied jawhasps, his hands putting back the night like some witless paraclete beleaguered with all limbo’s clamor.”

You tell me.


About Mike McNichols

Mike McNichols is a writer living in southern California.

Posted on March 7, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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