This author has a unique writing style that takes a little getting used to. But the book is engrossing and enlightening for those who grew up on tv westerns. This is much more on the dark side of those westerns. It will keep you wondering til the end the outcome of their saga across the southwestern US in 1849. Very, very, good. I can't wait to read more of this author!!
The writing in this book is very strong, but the story is hard to stomach. The book depicts all the worst things about humanity through the eyes of a young man who has joined in a band of mercenaries working north and south of the Mexico-Texas border. The end of the book feels meaningless, and I think it was meant to feel that way. I'm not a philosopher, but this book feels nihilistic and empty. Beautiful writing, ugly vision.
This book is brilliant. It may be the best written book I've ever read, both stylistically and in the clarity of its vision. But that may keep it from being a good book. Cormac McCarty believes, at least as he comes across in these pages, that violence trumps everything else. It is a deeply disturbing vision, one to which I cannot assign the adjective 'good.'
One of the best books ever written. Drenched in blood and despair, McCarthy takes the topic of the old west and head-scalping to gripping new levels. The punctuation and archaic way of writing may be confusing and/or frustrating, but give it a little bit and be patient with it. The book is well worth it.
Wow. This was fantastic. The story of "the kid" and his coming of age and traveling across the old west. He teams up with the fantastic and horrific Judge Holden and the Glanton Gang. The novel is violent and savage and brutal and describes the Westward expansion and the hunting of Indians and Mexicans. The Judge is an enormous (he weighs 24 stones), completely hairless man who speaks at least 5 languages, knows how to make gunpowder, and catalogs everything. He feels that (I'm paraphrasing here but) anything that he is unfamiliar with or is unaware of exists without his permission. The story also focuses on the kid who is sort of the representation of morality / reason. The book started off a little slow, but once the kid found himself riding with the Glanton Gang it really moved. I think that McCarthy is my favorite writer today, and I'm sure that there are many levels that I'm missing in the book.
This was one of the most difficult books I've ever tried to read. The story is gory, about a sharp-shooter kid who joins up with the Glanton Gang hunting scalps along the Texas-Mexico border around 1850. The violence begins on the second page and doesn't let up throughout the entire book. I couldn't read more than a few pages at a time, all the carnage and baseless hatred was exhausting. There's another character called The Judge and also Holden (most characters in the book are referred to at least a couple different ways, which is confusing) who is evil incarnate; I think he's supposed to be the devil, "he never sleeps and he says he will never die," and little children and animals go missing and are brutally murdered whenever he's around.
If I had the chance to start over reading this, I would have skipped Harold Bloom's ridiculously intimidating intro. I want to read The Road and No Country For Old Men but I think it's going to take some years to get the bad taste of Blood Meridian out of my head. (shudder)
I kept hearing great things about this book and couldn't wait to dive in, but I just couldn't get into it. For starters, I'm not a big fan of westerns, and the narrative in this book is a great contrast to the dialogue, hard to adapt to, made it difficult to get through.
I did not care for this book. I had read No Country for Old Men and All the Pretty Horses and loved both of them. This one did not have much of a story in my opinion and was full of blood, gore and massacres. Even the main character did not have much of a place in the story. Maybe it was me,and not ready for this book. Others may really enjoy it.
I cannot read this book. I read one and a half chapters and gave up.
A while back I read - and thoroughly disliked - The Road, another work by McCarthy. It was, however, the only thing by him I had read, and I thought I would give him another try.
Mistake. Big mistake.
This book is just about as unreadable as The Road. The prose is deliberately stilted, and convention - like quotes around dialog and apostrophes in contractions - is ignored.
In a nutshell, it's junk. I couldn't comfortably follow it, and was disinterested in it - and the characters involved - nearly immediately.
The only reason I am not giving it the worst possible rating is because I didn't finish it, and I cannot in good conscious do that to something I didn't fully read. That said, I did flip around after giving up, and no, it clearly gets no better. The complaints above apply from page one right through the end.
I won't be reading any more McCarthy. Not my thing.