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Child of God

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Child of God is thought provoking story

Child of God is indeed a disturbing book. I live in rural Virginia and have known many people who have lived for generations in the same world dipicted in this book. This deliverance-esque way of life is very real, although it may seem foreign to most people. The action...
Child of God is indeed a disturbing book. I live in rural Virginia and have known many people who have lived for generations in the same world dipicted in this book. This deliverance-esque way of life is very real, although it may seem foreign to most people. The actions of Lester Ballard may be ghasty and horrible at times, but are also undeniably quite humorous. This book is very much what you might imagine the life of Edward Gein might have been- a man who is generally thought of as the town dullard and goofus, maybe a little wierd- who has an entirely different life unbeknownst to the people with whom he has lived with his entire life. I found this book, funny, horrible, and very thought provoking. This is a book that shows you a very well-drawn picture of a sad and hopeless man, and what his life is like. This picture may not be pretty, but it is real- and it shows you a different aspect of life that you may not have realized was there. This book stays in your mind for a long time, and I would only recommend it to people who are interested in expanding their knowledge and broadening their point of view. If you are looking for a book that is comfortable and relaxing, you should stick to All The Pretty Horses.

posted by Anonymous on July 29, 2001

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Intense but sickening

'Child of God' goes deep down and explores the depths of human perversity and insanity. Lester Ballard is a demented individual living in the eastern hill country of Tennessee who has been falsely accused of rape. After a very brief stint in the clink, he begins committ...
'Child of God' goes deep down and explores the depths of human perversity and insanity. Lester Ballard is a demented individual living in the eastern hill country of Tennessee who has been falsely accused of rape. After a very brief stint in the clink, he begins committing savage acts against his fellow man. Overall, this is an interesting and gripping novel, but very stomach turning and graphic. The novel is very well written and features stunning imagery. I liked the chapter where the town sheriff, deputy and an elderly man named Mr. Wade are rowing a boat down the flooded town streets. I thought their conversation was interesting and a little surreal. Overall, a good book to read. Beware though, it's not for those who don't like to read about gruesome and sinister things.

posted by Anonymous on December 28, 2001

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2001

    Intense but sickening

    'Child of God' goes deep down and explores the depths of human perversity and insanity. Lester Ballard is a demented individual living in the eastern hill country of Tennessee who has been falsely accused of rape. After a very brief stint in the clink, he begins committing savage acts against his fellow man. Overall, this is an interesting and gripping novel, but very stomach turning and graphic. The novel is very well written and features stunning imagery. I liked the chapter where the town sheriff, deputy and an elderly man named Mr. Wade are rowing a boat down the flooded town streets. I thought their conversation was interesting and a little surreal. Overall, a good book to read. Beware though, it's not for those who don't like to read about gruesome and sinister things.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Shoulda been a poet

    Although I can't deny the beauty of McCarthy's writing, I don't find any suspense and only the bare bones of a plot in any of his books. Child of God is no exception. The story consists of beautifully crafted snapshots of Lester Ballard's madness and eventual destruction, but suspense? No. It is thought provoking as to the courses madness can take and the form in which it reveals itself. Maybe the Ballad of Lester Ballard would have been a better title. Also, it's a short, quick read. The 3 stars are for the brevity of the novel

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