“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Monday, January 14, 2008

If It Ain’t Fixed, Don’t Broke It

Where’d you get a gun like this? he said.
At the gittin place.
  Cormac McCarthy, ALL THE PRETTY HORSES (1992)

Where’d you get that pistol? she called.
At the gettin place.
  Cormac McCarthy, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2005)


Twenty Major said...

Did he just forget is he doing a Stephen King and referencing his own work?

Declan Burke said...

I'd say he was self-referencing ... it's not the kind of line you'd forget. Especially as it was in the All The Pretty Horses movie too ... Lucas Black stealing the show as Blevins. Cheers, Dec

Bill Crider said...

That's a typical Texas comment. I've heard it thousands of times over the course of my life.

Declan Burke said...

It's one of my favourite lines, Bill ... I love that kind of deadpan delivery. Cheers, Dec