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“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)
while the prose and pacing of this novel are excellent. The content and pure graphic violence made it hard to bare at times. The cruelty and inhumane nature of man is front and center in this novel.
This book justifies and rewards those readers who have the capacity to read advanced prose. I. Could not have u nderstood this novel without having trained by way of copious prior literary e exploration because McCarthy presumes his readers are at the top of their game. He certainly is; this is an amazing novel not to be missed. The violence is unnerving and disturbing on many levels but it is also beautiful and sublime. Imagine a story as gripping and epic as Lonesome Dove but without a single good hearted character or even a single chuckle of humor. sounds 八点不同哦 itsg re s t
Live near Yosemite National Park. Listen to Audible books while hiking.
Cormac McCarthy is an excellent author and this work contains many a fine turn of phrase. But its subject matter is horrible: war and killing in the Southwest prior to the Civil War. The main character is an orphan boy growing up as he travels through the territory. One of the characters he meets in his travels is (apparently) the Devil. All of that is well and good. The part that is hard to listen to is the horrible encounters of the boy as he is traveling. Described in loving and extreme detail. Much blood and guts on the ground; dying people. Lots of cruelty. I do not understand why authors think the first couple of hours of a story should be spent trying to make their readers puke. It was as if, with each paragraph, he was trying to best himself with more disgusting descriptions. Horrid stuff! They will never make a movie for the Hallmark Channel from this book! Reader was good.
excellent book. kept my attention all the way through my first Cormac book. I would read again.
I need to listen again, right now !! This is the first Audio book book I've listened to by Cormac McCarthy and I will listen to more. I should probably also listen to the books that were made into movies that I much enjoyed viewing.
I haven't read a book that I highlighted and wrote in the margins more than this one. In the end, the failure of the kid is heart wrenching.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
"Blood Meridian" paints a picture of the southwestern plains when Americans fought Mexicans for territory, scalped Indians for reward, and labeled human’ slavery and slaughter as a principle of American’ expansion. Cormac McCarthy writes an American story of the 1830s to 1850s. His two main characters exemplify darkness in humankind. “The kid” is a dirt poor runaway from an abusive family that eventually joins a band of scalp hunters. The soul of the gang is a man named Judge Holden; most often referred to as the Judge.
"Blood Meridian" is a disturbing view of human nature. The kid participates in the carnage of the scalpers; not because he believes in the Judge’s view of the world but because he is free to do what he wants. The Judge believes the meaning of life is in war. The kid believes the meaning of life is in freedom; both beliefs result in human’ slaughter.
One is left with a question when finished with McCarthy’s tale. Is "Blood Meridian" a judgment of the times or of humankind?
I'll be frank right up front: I loved this book. It's McCarthy has such a seemingly effortless ability to render forth horrific and beautiful descriptions of everything from sunrises to Indian attacks that it's enough to make one weep with envy.
McCarthy certainly gives the lie to the nostalgic romanticizing of the Old West enshrined in American culture; these cowboys 'n Indians aren't film-stock black hats/white hats (as it were), but each as brutal, kill-happy, and merciless as the other. Entire massacres are committed and described by McCarthy as almost trivial, mundane, routine matters; and the blood drips from literally every page. The grue and gore isn't exploitative in the slightest, however, as many other books containing graphic violence are charged with; the combination of McCarthy's palpably sensuous prose and his obvious knowledge of his subject serve not to titillate, but to simply tell a story.
Overall: A deep, searing story where the bad may overtake the good, but the writing style is the gold of this book. This book will stick with you for a long time...
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I think I liked it, but it was so horrible, all the time. Many times, I'm a bit saddened when a good book is finished. Not this one, it was like having a rotten tough pulled; for days.
This being my first McCarthy book, it caught me somewhat off guard. I won't rehash the storyline here, but I will say that it is a journey through a landscape and time told in vivid detail, through a series of events that are vicious and relentless. Its descriptions of the southwestern landscapes are breathtaking. The accounts of events are masterfully told. The brutality of it all is not for the feint of heart. If you think you've heard stories about roving bandits in the Wild West, this book will offer a whole new perspective.
I would just add that the narration is excellent and effectively buttresses the story. Poe speaks with a cadence that brings the text to life and almost lets you chew on each sentence.
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