Before you listen to this book, you should understand what it is-- and more importantly what it is not. This book is not a western in the traditional sense, although it takes place in the American West as well as in Mexico. And this book is certainly not a bestseller in the popular, mass-produced, summer-blockbuster, movie-novelization sense, although it was a commercial success (Cormac McCathy's first commercial success, though his sixth novel).
Instead, this is a remarkable work of literature (it won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award) written by a brilliant author.
This is a book for people who love language and for people who like to think. This is not a book for children or for childish adults. It is a book that is both horrifyingly beautiful and seductively horrible. It is not a book for either the fainthearted or faintminded.
This is a book that rewards the reader. I have read it four times and listened to it twice. And each time, I come away from the experience with something new, something meaningful, and something to enrich the soul.
And THAT, after all, is what literature is all about.
Actually, there are lots of big mistakes in this book, but the FIRST major mistake is the fact that it is classified as NONfiction. I mean, come on... Any book with a subtitle that includes the phrase "How Dubya Became a Great President" HAS to be fiction. Actually, now that I think about it some more, ten years ago if anyone had written a novel with a plotline about the idiot, alcoholic son of a failed president becoming president himself, the book would never have found a publisher. Absolutely unbelieveable, they would have said. Utter fantasy, and poorly conceived fantasy at that. Yet here we are. And now John Podhoretz, an alleged journalist from the New York Post (what? Were all the writers at the National Enquirer busy that weekend?) manipulates and twists the facts as quickly as a street mime making a balloon hat. But political fantasy is still fantasy. The only thing this book is missing is a hobbit or two...
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