Child of God

3.87 based on 18130 ratings & 1533 reviews on Goodreads.com

By Cormac McCarthy, the author of the critically acclaimed Border Trilogy, Child of God is a taut, chilling novel that plumbs the depths of human degradation. Lester Ballard, a violent, solitary and introverted young backwoodsman dispossessed on his ancestral land, is released from jail and allowed to haunt the hill country of East Tennessee, preying on the population with his strange lusts. McCarthy transforms commonplace brushes with humanity - in homesteads, stores and in the woods - into stunning scenes of the comic and the grotesque, and as the story hurtles toward its unforgettable conclusion, depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humour, and characteristic lyrical brilliance.

A powerful and talented writer, able to elicit compassion for his protagonist however terrible his action.
Sunday Times
A reading experience so impressive, so "new", so clearly well made that it seems almost to defy the easy aesthetic categories . . . Accomplished in rare, spare, precise yet poetic prose.
New Republic
McCarthy charts the terrible decline of Lester Ballard with passion, tenderness, eloquence, and a humour which, at its best, is attuned perfectly to the bitter wryness of the South.
Times Literary Supplement

About Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy is the author of ten acclaimed novels, most recently 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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Books by Cormac McCarthy

The Gardener's Son
The Gardener's Son
The Stonemason
The Stonemason
The Counselor
The Counselor
The Sunset Limited
The Sunset Limited
The Road
The Road
Cities of the Plain
Cities of the Plain
Outer Dark
Outer Dark
Suttree
Suttree
The Crossing
The Crossing
The Orchard Keeper
The Orchard Keeper
All the Pretty Horses
All the Pretty Horses
Blood Meridian
Blood Meridian
The Road film tie-in
The Road film tie-in
No Country for Old Men
No Country for Old Men
The Border Trilogy
The Border Trilogy