Cormac McCarthy: All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, The Road by Sara L. Spurgeon (review)

Cormac McCarthy: All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, The Road by Sara L. Spurgeon... 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Western American Literature The Western Literature Association

Cormac McCarthy: All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, The Road by Sara L. Spurgeon (review)

Western American Literature, Volume 47 (4) – Feb 20, 2013

Loading next page...
 
/lp/the-western-literature-association/cormac-mccarthy-all-the-pretty-horses-no-country-for-old-men-the-road-8zBzQXw907
Publisher
The Western Literature Association
Copyright
Copyright © The Western Literature Association
ISSN
1948-7142
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

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

Journal

Western American LiteratureThe Western Literature Association

Published: Feb 20, 2013

There are no references for this article.

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Search

Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly

Organize

Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.

Access

Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

DeepDyve

Freelancer

DeepDyve

Pro

Price

FREE

$49/month
$360/year

Save searches from
Google Scholar,
PubMed

Create folders to
organize your research

Export folders, citations

Read DeepDyve articles

Abstract access only

Unlimited access to over
18 million full-text articles

Print

20 pages / month

PDF Discount

20% off