Blood Meridian, Or, the Evening Redness in the West
An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, Blood Meridian brilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the "wild west." Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into the nig...more
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First, he's got a personal philosophy/credo, and he punishes people who don't hold themselves to it (not unlike Chigurh from No…moreTwo reasons I suspect:
First, he's got a personal philosophy/credo, and he punishes people who don't hold themselves to it (not unlike Chigurh from No Country for Old Men). In this case it's an unwavering commitment to war and bloodshed. He saw the kid as the sole member of the party who wavered in that commitment, or at least presented himself as having that perspective.
Second, remember all of that stuff about things existing only with his consent? He sketched an ancient piece of armor and then destroyed it, and later on sketched an old cave painting and then destroyed it. I think there's something he enjoys about being a witness of something and then removing it from existence. With he and the kid the last surviving members of Glanton's Gang I think he's pretty inclined to make everything that happened in that narrative a memory for him and him alone.(less)
For those who would consider that a turn-off, I offer this caveat:
For the overwhelming majority of fiction that involves a lot of violence, the violence itself is an act of masturbation representing either the author’s dark impulse or, perhaps worse, pandering to the reader’s similar revenge fantasies (this might explain why the majority of Blood Meridian fans I know personally are ...more
Spilled...emptied...wrung out…soul-ripped...that pretty accurately sums up my emotional composition after finishing this singular work of art. Ironically, I’m sure I only absorbed about 10% of the “message” McCarthy was conveying in this epic exposition on war, violence and man’s affinity for both. Still, even with my imperfect comprehension, I was shaken enough by the experience that, though I finished the book days ago, I’m just now at the point where I can revisit the jumble in my head enoug ...more
Trying to convey how this was so different to anything I've ever read, it occurred to me that it was like a huge black vortex that would suck early nineteenth century marriage plot novels into the void. It's the complete obverse of sweet girlie stuff: no lurve, no irony (I wonder if Cormac McCarthy has a humour mode? If he does, he certainly wasn't in it writing this), no insightful self-discovery or examination of the human heart. No, this is bleak and bloody, go ...more
This book is well written. If I'm a 11th grader, and I need to do a book report, I'm drooling over the blatant symbolism dripping from each page. The scene is set admirably, though the repetitive nature of our brave hero's wanderings (at least it's wit ...more
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THE CORMAC MCCARTHY PROJECT
Ever since reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I've been considering the possibilities of revisiting the classics and, um, reinterpreting them. Butchering? Yes, you're probably right. Butchering them. That's the right word.
Anyway, since Cormac McCarthy has the most distinctive and powerful voice of any modern writer (that I've read recent ...more
It's not often when I can't figure out how to summarize a book. Not only does Blood Meridian fall into this category, I'm also struggling with trying to formulate my thoughts about it. I'm sure it's one of those big important books that has themes and things of that nature. It seems apocalyptic at times, with the judge showing the kid the horrors of the world, kind of like the devil and Jes ...more
Unlike some of Cormac's other work, 'Blood Meridian' is not a particu ...more
That's so, said the judge. They do not have to have a reason. But order is not set aside because of their indifference.Rugged individualism.
There's a whole unholy host of words one could use in reckoning with this, some more explicated than others. Penchants for ideological idiosyncrasies and survival have shaped mine; yours are your own. May the last speaker standing still breath.
Ye carry war of a madman's making onto a foreign land. Ye'll wake more than the dogs.History, human, homicide. W ...more
To be certain, it is a masterpiece, a rare and unique work of literature that rises above classification and genre. And to be certain, McCarthy must be viewed as a great American writer, one of the greatest in our time.
That having been said, this book is not for everyone; it is painfully brutal, violent at it's heart. McCarthy's primitive writing style emphasizes this primal, bloody landscape like a Jonathon Edwar ...more
Among those who would be unsatisfied with the mere word "great" and have to go furt ...more
There are two major aspects I'd like to touch on with this book:
1) Prose. McCarthy is one of those rare literary magicians who, like Melville, is capable of sustained and continuous flows of poetry, often jaw-dropping in their scale and scope. Blood Meridian tends to oscillate from narrative action to descriptive passage. The narrative scenes tend towar ...more
McCarthy certainly gives the lie to the nostalgic romanticizing of the Old West enshrined in American culture; these cowboys 'n Indians aren't fil ...more
It is the mid 1850's, and the Glanton Gang is riding roughshod over the countryside, giving ...more
They’re riding through the mountains,deserts,muddy and dusty pueblos,leaving behind them piles of mutilated and scalped bodies, massacred people and animals as well.They’re killing all who they encounter on their road,no matter,Indians,soldiers,villagers which they were to defend.They leave no witness of their crime and iniquity.Only blood and death behind them ,and more blood.They ride like Bible Apocalypse ...more
2013-09-20 -- moved from "likely-reread" shelf to "read-multiple-times". this is one of the greatest works of american literature and if you haven't read it, and we're friends, i'm going to harass you until you do, as otherwise our conversation would be missing essential elements.
i even managed to use it as an epigraph in a computer science book i'm writing: http://dank.qemfd.net/mupcovered.pdf (chapter 4)
the last thing i read in 2009, and the best fiction i'd read since Infinite ...more
» Friends have told me I should –- Goodreads friends, no less. And these are people I like; people who have my back (bibliophilisticly speaking)....more
» The prose is like nothing I’ve read before. It’s elaborate, but not fussy. No flourish need apply. And I swear he just makes words up if the standard ones in English seem too refined. The effect is just right for a seared earth adventure. It grew on me.
» See if you can tell from the pattern of my recent reads what I was
I didn’t really like this book. It was a chore to make it through, which really threw me. Every time I picked it up, my silly brain would get all excited.
“Ooh! A Cormac McCarthy book! Yes!” it would exclaim. But soon after the reading began, it would remember the previous day’s experience and would attempt to shut itself off.
“Let’s think about TV,” it suggested more than once.
And I’m not cool with t ...more
The novel begins with an introduction of a young teenager who's simply named "The Kid", though in fact there's no universal protago ...more
"Dont even ask."
Unfortunately everyone did anyway and this book, where you can identify the good guys as the ones who haven ...more
Are you ok?
I think so.
Did I just wake up from a nightmare? I must have.
Was it that bad?
What was? The nightmare?
No, the book I mean. Was it that bad?
The book? What book? We were talking about my nightmare, weren't we?
I was talking about the book you're holding.
Only then do I look down at my hands and at the book they are holding and I realise as I turn over the last page of this novel.....no...no nightmare.
This book is NOT bad. On the contrary. It is jus ...more
“It makes no difference what men think of war, said the judge. War endures. As well ask men what they think of stone. War was always here. Before m...more
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The universe is no narrow thing and the order within it is not constrained by any latitude in its conception to repeat what exists in one part in any other part. Even in this world more things exist without our knowledge than with it and the order in creation which you see is that which you have put there, like a string in a maze, so that you shall not lose your way. For existence has its own order and that no man's mind can compass, that mind itself being but a fact among others.”