Tom McCarthy’s C may be the critic’s darling, but after 100 pages (that’s a long time to stick with a novel) I was thinking of doing what I never do – give it up. It didn’t get to that point because along about that time (towards the end of “C part one: Caul”), it picked up somewhat. It never roared away, but I stuck with it. The caul has some tradition in literature (most famously in David Copperfield) and the main character is McCarthy’s novel (Serge Carrefax) is born with one. Those born with a caul are supposed to be protected from drowning (along with other perks or curses). Ironically, Serge’s older sister dies by drowning.