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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West | [Cormac McCarthy]

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.
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Publisher's Summary

Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

©1985 Cormac McCarthy; (P)2007 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

“The authentic American apocalyptic novel…I venture that no other living American novelist, not even Pynchon, has given us a book as strong and memorable as Blood Meridian.” (Harold Bloom)

"McCarthy is a writer to be read, to be admired, and quite honestly envied." (Ralph Ellison)

"McCarthy is a born narrator, and his writing has, line by line, the stab of actuality. He is here to stay." (Robert Penn Warren)

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    "Absolutely amazing!"

    WOW...I've got to get the print of this book and read it, then listen to it again, then read it again. Absolutely one of the best McCarthy books out there. Brutal doesn't describe adequately the vision he gives you of this period of our country and history.

    Richard Poe delivers an excellent performance!! Well worth the credit spent.

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    Josiah emlenton, PA, United States 10-12-12
    Josiah emlenton, PA, United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    The story is good but has the flavor of a feaver dream. It is an acquired taste.

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    Christy United States 10-05-12
    Christy United States 10-05-12

    Audible makes me love being stuck in traffic :)

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    "Good story, deep & dark, hard to read"

    Tells a good story, with an ending that both resolves the story but also leaves some questions for the reader. It's written in the typical, hard-to-read McCarthy fashion, but you get used to that the more you read him. It helps to read his books close together as well.

    One warning--this story is very dark and gruesome, which is only accentuated by McCarthy’s poetic style. I love any story that moves me—whether it horrify me, make me cry, make me proud, laugh out loud, whatever. This story will horrify you.

    My favorite McCarthy is still, hands down, The Road. It’s actually one of my favorites ever. Don’t watch the movie, though. Awful.

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    Christopher Union, NJ, United States 07-31-12
    Christopher Union, NJ, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Masterpiece. A work of art!"

    Listened to it twice to better appreciate and enjoy it. So rich, so wonderful. Dark and violent, yes... but that's what the time and place was. I have never encountered such a masterful rendering of the English language. This is the 20th century equivalent of Shakespeare. I read "The Road" also, and it was very good. This book is high art.

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    Derek 05-12-12
    Derek 05-12-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Indian wars fiction"

    I have a thing for McCarthy, but that was bleak. I need let it sit with me awhile.

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    Scott USA 05-03-12
    Scott USA 05-03-12 Member Since 2010

    “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” (George R. R. Martin)

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    "The Ultimate Western"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would but it's not for everyone. It's more for fans of literature.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complete dismantling of the genre. I don't generally like traditional Westerns.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were a bunch of good scenes. I don't really have one favorite.


    Who was the most memorable character of Blood Meridian and why?

    Probably the Judge. He is unlike any character I've come across in literature.


    Any additional comments?

    Blood Meridian is considered McCarthy's masterpiece and Richard Poe’s narration is a perfect fit. The book’s brutality and pervasive violence might put some off but it could be viewed as a part of the time the story takes place in, the U.S. South West of the early 19th century, and the world that the characters inhabit. This is not the old-West of John Wayne and Rio Bravo. It’s more a dystopian, nightmare version of a Western – and after listening to this tale it makes other Westerns seem almost childish and stale. McCarthy’s prose is as good as any I’ve ever read or listened to. It’s also one of the few novels that I’ve actually re-listened to.

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    Trace L. Wogmon 01-31-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Darkly gorgeous. Lingers in the mind."

    I'll only add that Richard Poe's extraordinary skill as narrator will be, I think, a cause of gratitude and source of great pleasure for those who miss Frank Muller. Poe is no copycat, but there is still a similarity of vocal strength, fluidity, nuance, and deeply intelligent understanding of the text that followers of Muller will revel in. I did, anyway, and that was on the very heels of listening to All the Pretty Horses and Cities of the Plain (1.2.3; back-to-back). I hope Poe wouldn't mind the comparison; I'd have been stunned by the skill if I'd never heard Muller. To Guidall, Muller, and Patton, I add Poe; and I hope he gets a lot of good, strong, deep texts in the future.

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    "Good Book but Really Violent!"

    This is on the 100 best of the 20th century list. It is not McCarthy's best work. I thought it was weirdly violent and kind of bizarre. I'd say read the Border Trilogy instead.

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    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 10-22-11
    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2010

    I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.

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    "So very dark and so very good"

    As with all of the stories by Mr. McCarthy this one is dark. The characters are not likeable but one really gets the idea of what type of people came West. The performance was quite good.

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    Trevor 09-06-11
    Trevor 09-06-11
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    "A grim, but addictive read (err..listen)"

    I was captivated from the start.

    I took this audiobook hiking with me and extended my hike several days in a row to almost total muscle failure because I didn't want to stop the story.

    The content is grim, based largely on historic fact, and the narration is great, too.

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