Happy Sunday! Summer is
officially here on the west coast as we begin our four day weekend with triple
digit temperatures. But we can't complain because this year we actually had
beautiful spring weather for quite a while before the heat hit.
Little did I realize when I picked our author of the month at the end of last year that we'd be
celebrating his life and death. Cormac McCarthy passed away last month on
June 13th at the age of 89.
In 2021 I read The Road
and was enthralled to say the least. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it
down. McCarthy's writing pulled me deep into the apocalyptic world of the man
and boy and their journey through a devastated world, bleak and dangerous, full
of obstacles to overcome from nature itself and the people left behind. I began
to wonder what and why? Why did the man need to get to the coast? What was he
expecting to find there? Who was he expecting to find? When they found safe
places with water and food, why didn't they stay here. What would I have done
in his place? I, for one, would have hunkered down in the bunker and stayed there.
What was this great need to keep going? It was bleak and dark, but full of
perseverance, hope, love, and goodness in the face of evil. I'm glad I finally
"He pulled the boy
closer. Just remember that the things you put into your head are there forever,
he said. You might want to think about that. You forget some things, don't you?
Yes. You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to
Once I finished, I wanted
more but McCarthy, for me, is one of those authors you have to be in the
mood for and read slowly and deliberately. Much like Proust. So I'll be working
my way through his books over a period of time. On the nightstand for this
month are his last two books - The Passenger and Stella Maris.
Join me in reading Cormac
We’ve reached the halfway
point in our reading and will be working our way backwards through the alphabet
from z to a. No zipping, zapping, or zooming through your reads. Enjoy!