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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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
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
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
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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
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. We...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
Among those who would be unsatisfied with the mere word "great" and have to go furt...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
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
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
» 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
Cormac McCarthy has a way with words that is inimitable and majestic. It seems as though every word is chosen with a purpose. You read this book and get chills once you stumble upon a word that has definition in triplicate...all the definitions are appropriate and progressively creepier.
This is a story of Manifest Destiny meets Native American...more
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
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
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
Some claim to have read this book more than 30 times. I can see why. But this is my first Cormac McCarthy novel and I need a long rest. It took me three years before I had the energy to read Moby Dick a second time. Moby Dick and Ahab, an apt comparison as both novels are densely packed, thick, startling of imagery, literary in the scope of allusions, and each contains a figure that seems at the centre: Ahab, and in the case of Blood Meridian, The Judge who is both seeker and sough...more
"Dont even ask."
Unfortunately everyone did anyway and this book, where you can identify the good guys as the ones who haven...more
Cormac McCarthy is talking about big things in Blood Meridian, and he is doing them extremely well. But what are those big things? Is he talking about violence? The sacred? Violence and the sacred? Is it war, as the judge says? Is McCarthy talking about ineluctability of hu...more
The story takes place in the American southwest during the late 1840's just after the Mexican-American War and follows "the kid" as he leaves Tennessee and joins a group of American irregulars hoping to...more
Before I start rambling and make absolutely no sense at all...more
His earlier Blood M...more