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Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
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Jul 21, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: western
Read in August, 2009

A ponderously violent epic set in the mid-19th century American West. The plot is straightforward: a coming of age story in a culture dominated by casual bloodshed. The novel's protagonist, "The Kid", stumbles from one scene of bleak carnage to the next, seeing and participating in every act of cruelty imaginable. If you're offended by images of animals shot for no reason, or babies having their skulls bashed out on rocks, you should avoid this book. The monotony of the plot is overshadowed by the eloquence of the telling-- this is rightly considered McCarthy's signature work, and his strange, Biblical narration never flags or fails. That's not to say it's a fun read. It's difficult, depressing, and at times impossible to understand or comprehend-- and will sicken anyone with a conscience. But it's probably an American classic-- I've never read anything like it before.
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Nate D I just want to note the strangeness (and perhaps aptness) of the phrase "ponderously violent",


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