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Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
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May 04, 10

bookshelves: time-all-time-100, 2010, mind-bending, project, to-re-read, surreal, roman-a-clef
Read from April 21 to May 04, 2010, read count: 1

Of Cormac McCarthy's corpus, a friend once said: "In those novels, the best thing that can happen is that the worst thing doesn't happen."

Of Blood Meridian in particular, I'd be willing to say: "The best thing that can happen is that the worst thing eventually stops."

This novel is a surreal peregrination into the muddy moralities of war—a novel so sociopathic and alienating and fraught with existential anxiety that solipsism becomes akin to salvation.

It's a disturbing and troubling and bleak read, but worthy of being read, and perhaps even necessary.

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Via All Time 100 Novels (among other recommendations).
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Quotes Rob Liked

Cormac McCarthy
“If much in the world were mystery the limits of that world were not, for it was without measure or bound and there were contained within it creatures more horrible yet and men of other colors and beings which no man has looked upon and yet not alien none of it more than were their own hearts alien in them, whatever wilderness contained there and whatever beasts.”
Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West

Cormac McCarthy
“Your heart's desire is to be told some mystery. The mystery is that there is no mystery.”
Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West


Reading Progress

04/21/2010 page 3
0.89% "pg 3 = start of chapter 1 (so be it)"
04/22/2010 page 15
4.45% "Holy WTF."
04/26/2010 page 81
24.04% "Man. 250 more pages like this?"
05/02/2010 page 295
87.54% ":O"
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Rob @Heather- A friend of mine stumbled upon the best way to describe how bleak his work is: "The best thing that can happen in a McCarthy novel is that the worst thing doesn't happen."


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