Lest of the Lest

Child of God by Cormac McCarthy

I started reading this book Sunday morning and finished it Sunday night. It was that good. And, not only did I finish it in a single day, I also was inspired to do a booksketch that same night.

If you're familiar with Mr. McCarthy's work, you'll know what you are in for. Amongst his other (dark) works are No Country for Old Men, All The Pretty Horses and Blood Meridian. Oh gosh, and his latest work, The Road, from which I have also drawn a booksketch.

I won't go into what happens in the book, but I'll just say that it is a study of a human being being degraded and likewise degrading his humanity. Lester Ballard succumbs bit by bit to the hard path that was cut for him in a mountainous region of Tennessee. Isolation conflicting with society when the two are forced to meet. Depravity uninhibited by any moral foundation. Disturbing actions that apparently do not disturb the main character. Things like that. Realistic, sparse dialogue.

The momentum snowballs and when the turning point of the book came, my mouth actually dropped open a bit. Way to go, Cormac!

The illustration above is what I figured Lester Ballard, a man of about 27 years, would look like after a few days cave dwelling and many years of isolation. And maybe reacting to a snide comment from the townsfolk.

About the illustration:
I used watercolor and Micron pen on this one. That seems to be the Burt trend lately, eh?


Denise Gallagher said...

I love this guy's sneer and his wild cave-dweller hair!

Good one Burt!

Burt said...

Haha, yes, I'm happy with how uncouth the illustration came out! Ooo "uncouth" is such a neat word.