I just finished reading Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses
It is definitely more romantic than the other McCarthy books I've written, although I've never found him as bleak as others claim he is. It strikes me that his stories always contain a strong element of 'human resilience.'
It contains a line that I may use as the opening epigraph for my dissertation: Between the wish and the thing the world lies waiting.
This strikes me as an important observation when we think about power. We can be inclined to give the powerful too much credit, forgetting that the world does not readily conform to their wishes.