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Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
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Nov 29, 08

bookshelves: contemporary-literature, the_west
Recommended to Patrick by: met the author by accident
Read in March, 2008

Quite possibly one of the best books written in America. It is violent. It has long stunning complicated sentences. It has great poetry and beautiful imagery. It grabs your heart and rips our guts out. Try one small sample:

"It had rained in the day and the windowlights of the low mud houses were reflected in pools along the flooded road out of which great dripping swine rose moaning before the advancing horses like oafish demons routed from a fen. The jagged mountains were pure blue in the dawn and everywhere birds twittered and the sun when it rose caught the moon in the west so that they lay opposed to each other across the earth, the sun whitehot and the moon a pale replica, as if they were the ends of a common bore beyond whose terminals burned worlds past all reckoning. As the riders came up through the mesquite and pyracantha singlefile in a light clank of arms and chink of bitrings the sun climbed and the moon set and the horses and the dewsoaked mules commenced to steam in flesh and in shadow."

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