Blood Meridian

368 pages

English language

Published May 5, 1992

ISBN:
978-0-679-72875-7
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Blood Meridian: Or The Evening Redness in the West is a 1985 epic novel by American author Cormac McCarthy, classified under the Western, or sometimes the anti-Western, genre. McCarthy's fifth book, it was published by Random House. In a loosely historical context the narrative follows a fictional teenager referred to as "the kid," with the bulk of the text devoted to his experiences with the Glanton gang, a historical group of scalp hunters who massacred Indigenous Americans and others in the United States–Mexico borderlands from 1849 to 1850 for bounty, pleasure, and eventually out of nihilistic habit. The role of antagonist is gradually filled by Judge Holden, a physically massive, highly educated, preternaturally skilled member of the gang who is extremely pale and completely bald from head to toe. Although the novel initially received lukewarm critical and commercial reception, it has since become highly acclaimed and is widely recognized as …

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"There is hardly in the world a waste so barren but some creature will not cry out at night, yet here one was and they listened to their breathing in the dark and the cold and they listened to the systole of the rubymeated hearts that hung within them." (293)

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3 stars

This book like listening to an Albert Ayler album or staring at a Jackson Pollock painting. The genius is there to appreciate, it's just not enjoyable. There are some brilliant passages in this book and the fortitude required to write this book is palpable—but so is the endurance to read it.

There are no speech marks to denote dialogue. I hate this literary device. It's cheap and pretentious. Single sentences of questionable merit can drag on for half a page.

There is no protagonist, even though "the kid" is claimed to be so.

There is no story. It is a montage of sun-bleached bones, mutilated corpses, visceral killings, and racist slurs. Anyone born after 1990 will likely need a year in therapy to get over this book. There may as well be a Trigger Warning at the top of every page.

The writing is genius in parts but …

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5 stars

First rate. So much beauty amidst so much horror and death. I don't think I've ever read such a violent, unsparing story. But the descriptions of the desert, of nature, were somehow both eloquently simple and at the same time as grand as the western landscape. Not an easy read, no doubt. Not an easy story to understand ultimately. But so rewarding nonetheless. Loved this book.

Read this again, June 2021. Rather, listened to it, which is something I never do. In fact, this is the first book I have ever listened to, which took some getting used to. It would have helped to have the physical copy on hand to refer back to but alas, no. I enjoyed the experience, the reader had the perfect voice for this book, deep and resonating and ominous-sounding. He used the perfect inflections to capture the characters' voices. It was somewhat marred by …

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