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Savage with Loveliness: What I Will Tell My Daughter About Reading Cormac McCarthy

Gavin Paul
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18 min readNov 28, 2023

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I’ll tell her to start with All the Pretty Horses. It’s not his earliest or latest or most profound but it’s probably my favorite of his twelve novels, though when it comes to picking favorites, as McCarthy said in his infamous 2007 interview with Oprah when asked if he believed in God, “It would depend on what day you ask me.” If she starts with All

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Gavin Paul
Human Parts

English Professor. Author of "Conspiracy of One," a small book of short stories, and “The Coward," a collection of essays. amazon.com/author/gavinpaul