This one is going to rattle around me head for some time!
An amazing book! One of the best audiobooks I've heard.
The nature of the story and style can make listening a bit confusing if you're otherwise occupied. I'd strongly suggest a hard copy to reference if you get lost, to check if you're on track. It's literature; not Louis L'Amour (as much as I love that style too!) Like the best literature it works on many levels.
No discussion of this book could be complete (even though mine is FAR from complete) without a comment on the violence. While it is the most brutal book I have ever read the violence is so pervasive and so almost matter of fact that it is less shocking, it is expected.
I came to this after Lonesome Dove series. While Ioved that series I was often disappointed in McMurtry's inability to describe the landscape. I was convinced he wrote it locked in a room with no windows and never set foot on real earth. If you've been in the west of LD and Blood Meridian you are struck, generally square in the face with landscape and weather and unlike McMurty McCarthy paints this landscape brlliantly. Much of it rivals and surpasses the natural history authors like McPhee or Abbey!
It can be a bit tough to absorb everything through audio, but definitely worth a listen. It's also a very fun book to talk about with friends. What do you think the judge represents??
Stunning rendition of a tremendous novel. Richard Poe's performance is astounding. He captures both the austere tone of the book, and pitch-perfect interpretations of each character's voice, most notably in the ominous inflections of the Judge.
This is as much horror as it is western and it many times left me cringing with its graphic descriptions of violence and powerful wild west scenes. you can almost smell the horse hide and gun smoke.
Epic adventure... I guess.
I would like to say that I don't understand spanish. So when people in the book speak it... I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT! Easy way to fix that is to have a character interpret to another character so I understand. Not alot is in spanish, but enough to annoy the crap out of me.
Also the main character is unlikable.
The reader is not that great. Can't really put my finger on it but it may be the slow tempo.
Eight chapters in and now I give up.
McCarthy captures the bitter feuds and harshness of the American west as only he can. A no holds barred telling of a story of violence and growth in a hard world. Vivid landscapes come to life before the reader's eyes as one can nearly feel the heat of the desert and the parched throat of the pilgrim. An absolute necessity to the library of any McCarthy fan, or any enthusiast of western expansion who would like a fresh and breathtaking perspective of the turbulent west.
Starkly beautiful, and not for the faint of heart. The book looks deeply into acts of senseless, shocking, and incredibly racist violence. The Judge is one of the most captivating, appalling, and sickening characters I've ever read, who lives to exterminate those he sees as savages, even to the point of scratching ancient drawings from the walls of caves. Excellently performed.