Blood Meridian : Or the Evening Redness in the West (Modern Library)
Blood Meridian Or the Evening Redness in the West - Modern Library Author:Cormac Mccarthy "The fulfilled renown of Moby-Dick and of As I Lay Dying is augmented by Blood Meridian, since Cormac McCarthy is the worthy disciple both of Melville and Faulkner," writes esteemed literary scholar Harold Bloom in his Introduction to the Modern Library edition. "I venture that no other living American novelist, not even Pynchon, has given us a ... more »book as strong and memorable."
Cormac McCarthy's masterwork, Blood Meridian, chronicles the brutal world of the Texas-Mexico borderlands in the mid-nineteenth century. Its wounded hero, the teenage Kid, must confront the extraordinary violence of the Glanton gang, a murderous cadre on an official mission to scalp Indians and sell those scalps. Loosely based on fact, the novel represents a genius vision of the historical West, one so fiercely realized that since its initial publication in 1985 the canon of American literature has welcomed Blood Meridian to its shelf.
"A classic American novel of regeneration through violence," declares Michael Herr. "McCarthy can only be compared to our greatest writers."« less
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!!
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.'
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.
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.