C ~ Tom McCarthy

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.

[More at Booker 2010 page]


1 Comment

Filed under Books

One response to “C ~ Tom McCarthy

  1. Pingback: Death of a River Guide ~ Richard Flanagan | Chazz W

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s