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How Well Do You Know Cormac McCarthy?

McCarthy is undoubtedly one of the finest writers the world has seen since the likes of Faulkner and Melville with such a particular style of writing that evokes a wide array of emotions. Can you tell where these unforgettable quotes are from in his anthology?

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  1. 1. Let's start with an easy one. Where does this quote come from?

    Via uncyclopedia.wikia.com

    "Nights dark beyond darkness and the days more gray each one than what had gone before."

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    Outer Dark
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    Child of God
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    The Road
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    No Country for Old Men
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    The Road

    Who could forget the chilling first page of the book detailing this uniquely apocalyptic world?

    The Road
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  2. 2. How about this memorable quote?

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    "Any man who could discover his own fate and elect therefore some opposite course could only come at last to that self-same reckoning at the same appointed time, for each man's destiny is as large as the world he inhabits and contains within it all opposites as well."

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    No Country for Old Men
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    Blood Meridian
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    All the Pretty Horses
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    Suttree
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    Blood Meridian

    The judge said this chilling quote about the possibilities of destiny. Pretty unique view, eh?

    Blood Meridian
    Via blackgate.com
  3. 3. Here's another classic quote:

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    "I had no say in the matter. Every moment in your life is a turning and every one a choosing. Somewhere you made a choice. All followed to this."

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    No Country for Old Men
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    Blood Meridian
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    All the Pretty Horses
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    Suttree
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    No Country for Old Men

    Chigurh uttered this quote after the unalterable coin flip proved someone's destiny. Man. Destiny and coin flips. How unique!

    No Country for Old Men
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  4. 4. Can you get this quote?

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    "No matter through whatever turnings nor how many of them. Till our turn comes at last and our turn passes."

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    No Country for Old Men
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    Blood Meridian
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    All the Pretty Horses
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    Suttree
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    All the Pretty Horses

    La dueña Alfonsa gave John Grady the same metaphor her father gave her as a child: the idea of destiny symbolized through a coin's heads and tails, cara y cruz. Where does McCarthy come up with so many new ideas?

    All the Pretty Horses
    Via 2-clicks-coins.com
  5. 5. Dust off your dictionary. Can you get these?

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    "It howled execration upon the dim camarine world of its nativity wail on wail while he lay there gibbering with palsied jawhasps, his hands putting back the night like some witless paraclete beleaguered with all limbo's clamor."

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    Suttree
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    Outer Dark
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    The Road
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    Child of God
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    Outer Dark

    What a wonderful passage! The only complaint about McCarthy's vocabulary I have is that he isn't quite grandiloquent enough for my bourgeois tastes.

    Outer Dark
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  6. 6. Here's some more new words for you:

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    "We are come to a world within the world. In these alien reachs, these maugre sinks and interstitial wastes that the righteous see from carriage and car another life dreams. Illshapen or black or deranged, fugitive of all order, strangers in everyland."

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    Suttree
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    The Road
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    The Orchard Keeper
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    Child of God
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    Suttree

    On the surface it may seem like a metaphor for the mysteries of fishing on the Tennessee River, but it's much deeper than that. I wouldn't expect you to get it.

    Suttree
    Via rikrawling.wordpress.com
  7. 7. Stretch your vocabulary some more. Where did this quote originate?

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    "It followed his movements as he approached and then turned its head when he reached out his hand to it, picked it up, feeling it warm and palpitant in the palm of his hand, not watching him, not moving, but only looking out over the valley calmly with its cold-glinting accipitral eyes, its hackles riffling in the wind."

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    The Road
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    Child of God
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    All the Pretty Horses
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    The Orchard Keeper
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    The Orchard Keeper

    What is life without a large vocabulary to alienate those with whom you try to communicate? How can we communicate with each other at all? Nothing matters. Nothing is real.

    The Orchard Keeper
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  8. 8. Let's get into the real meat of McCarthy's writing style. Identify this quote:

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    "I got to get on."

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    Child of God
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    Suttree
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    Outer Dark
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    Literally all of them, though
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    Outer Dark

    Give up. You cannot succeed. We all seek perfection and cannot obtain it.

    Outer Dark
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  9. 9. Here's a personal favorite of mine:

    Via launchministry.org

    "Well."

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    All the Pretty Horses
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    Blood Meridian
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    No Country for Old Men
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    Why are you doing this to me?
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    All the Pretty Horses

    Right is subjective. This is your destiny. Embrace the chaos.

    All the Pretty Horses
    Via liesma.deviantart.com
  10. 10. Remember the old nihilistic guy from that one book who keeps to himself and has given up on everything? What was his name again?

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    Ely from The Road
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    Ownby from The Orchard Keeper
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    Sheriff Bell from No Country for Old Men
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    McCarthy himself
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    They're all one and the same.

    Hollow explanation. Dissatisfaction. Move on. The end.

    They're all one and the same.
    Via panmacmillan.com.au

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