without doubt, Cormac McCarthy is one of the greatest living authors. he is submitted that title with novels such as this and the road. the kid and the judge are figures that you will not forget. the judge is a truly haunting figure. Frightening and all-seeing.
30 some-odd hours of self-indulgent descriptive paragraphs. no character development and very little dialogue. I could've skimmed this in print in half a day and gotten just as much out of it. The Road and All the Pretty Horses are way more worth the time. By the way, the performance is just as tedious as the book. Imagine a 2 week long Skoal chewing tobacco commercial.
Absolutely. Richard Poe's narration really brings to life an already vivid book.
Attacked by Comanches. They wore the wedding dresses of the brides they killed.
Every scene with The Judge.
The name is already Perfect.
I first bought Blood Meridian, the actual book, a few years ago. It was my first Cormac McCarthy book. His writing style was so different from the authors I normally read and I found the book to be a difficult read and did not finish it. A few years later I read No Country for Old men and love it, then I read The Road and loved that as well and decided to give Blood Meridian another go. I work in a factory that lets me listen to my iPod all day so I bought this audio book and was, to a degree, blown away. I've listened to it multiple times and have since read the physical book as well. I think most people first getting into McCarthy should start with No Country for Old Men, its an easy way to break into his earlier work and his heavily Faulkner-influenced prose.
this was one of the worst books that I have ever listened to. I could not get into what I thought was the main charecter, who never really seems to have a name or any sort of ambition. But, he ends up being some sort of bisexual dude at the end of the book. Not lonesome dove, not Louis L'amor. save your money
I love this reader. the story was exactly as other reviews say. nothing more.
read the road before this book and you will enjoy it more. do not read American psycho or similar story just prior to this or you will enjoy it less. the depravity and heartlessness in this book is not nearly as bad as other novels but it is there. I read this book purely because I was told about that and had just finished American pyscho.
very much more a tale of what you would imagine the old west to be like.
An epic poetic masterpiece that is Paradise Lost by John Milton meets The Old West by Sergio Leone! If your taste is literate black sunshine then the adventurous darkness here is incomparable. Love and mercy are as absent as Albert Camus' The Stranger...Warning.. The souls of all who read this work shall be forever altered!
A man's got to do what a man's got to do..
Sustained, terrible, bloodthirsty deeds pepper every page and paragraph. There is barely a chapter without murder, mayhem and misery. Characters are roughly sketched , dialogues are minimalists, to say the least.
Ok, i get that the reality of the Frontier was probably different from the neat and heroic picture that Hollywood has passed on, but there where really no other way to tell us this ??
Author, The Passion of Maryam
Have read this a couple times. Better with each reading, hearing. Richness of locations, ambiance, and characters who both specific and archetypal.