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Child of God

(1974)
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"Scuttling down the mountain with the thing on his back he looked like a man beset by some ghast succubus, the dead girl riding him with legs bowed akimbo like a monstrous frog." Child of God must be the most sympathetic portrayal of necrophilia in all of literature. The hero, Lester Ballard, is expelled from his human family and ends up living in underground caves, which he peoples with his trophies: giant stuffed animals won in carnival shooting galleries and the decomposing corpses of his victims. Cormac McCarthy's much-admired prose is suspenseful, rich with detail, and yet restrained, even delicate, in its images of Lester's activities. So tightly focused is the story on this one "child of God" that it resembles a myth, or parable. "You could say that he's sustained by his fellow men, like you.... A race that gives suck to the maimed and the crazed, that wants their wrong blood in its history and will have it."



In this taut, chilling novel, Lester Ballard--a violent, dispossessed man falsely accused of rape--haunts the hill country of East Tennessee when he is released from jail. While telling his story, Cormac McCarthy depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humor, and characteristic lyrical brilliance.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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June 1994 : USA Hardback
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Title: Child of God
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-8446-6750-1 / 978-0-8446-6750-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Peter Smith Pub Inc
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April 1975 : UK Hardback
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Title: Child of God
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-7011-2095-9 / 978-0-7011-2095-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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December 1973 : USA Hardback
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Title: Child of God
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-394-48771-0 / 978-0-394-48771-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

January 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Child of God
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-330-51095-9 / 978-0-330-51095-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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March 1989 : UK Paperback
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Title: Child of God (Picador Books)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-330-30643-X / 978-0-330-30643-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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June 1993 : USA Paperback
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Title: Child of God
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-679-72874-0 / 978-0-679-72874-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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1993 : UK Paperback
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Title: Child of God
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-330-69911-3 / 978-0-330-69911-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage, 1993
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1984 : USA Paperback
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Title: Child of God (Neglected Books of the Twentieth Century)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 0-88001-065-7 / 978-0-88001-065-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Ecco Press
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June 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Child of God
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
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June 2013 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Child of God
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June 2013 : UK Audio edition
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June 2013 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Child of God
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
ISBN: 1-4712-3565-3 / 978-1-4712-3565-8 (UK edition)
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November 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Child of God
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November 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Child of God
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November 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Child of God
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December 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Child of God
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Picador
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August 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Child of God (Vintage International)
Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Vintage
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