Books to Read Before the Summer Blockbuster Movies Come Out
Some of our all-time favorite novels and memoirs are about to have their debuts as films. Here's what to enjoy on the page, as well as on the screen.
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Child of God
Cormac McCarthy has made a career of spinning ugliness
into beauty, from the apocalyptic desolation of The Road
to the violent, doomed love story of All the Pretty
. This summer, James Franco has adapted McCarthy's 1973 novel about a vigilante mob hunting an
alleged rapist and murderer in the wilds of east Tennessee and, like the book,
Franco's film is a bleak testament to the evil inherent in man. But it's the author's sparse, evocative prose that makes the reader keenly
aware of the pain and loneliness of these desperate characters. We know from
the start that things won't end well; in McCarthy's world, they never do. And that's why we read him.
— Jordan Foster