Book Reviews 409 Cormac McCarthy: All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, The Road. Edited by Sara L. Spurgeon. London, UK: Continuum, 2011. 226 pages, $29.95. Reviewed by Christopher Schaberg Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana What I really like about this book is how it continuously redirects the reader back to the primary texts--the literary works and their screen adaptations. Sara Spurgeon has hit on a brilliant concept here, for her book successfully explores these three works by Cormac McCarthy in a somewhat transmedial fashion: as novels, of course, but also as films. This is achieved even though the third section of the book, on The Road (2006), does not explicitly engage the film adaptation (it was not out by the time the manuscript was being prepared for publication). Nevertheless, the way the first two sections unfold, the final section beckons to its readers to think across platforms, as it were, and to consider how its analyses of The Road (the book) might be seen to translate or interpret aspects of the now extant film. This balancing act is indicative of the whole book, which stands in my mind as an example of the best kind
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