©1985 Cormac McCarthy; (P)2007 Recorded Books
“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)
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.
Blood Meridian is a masterwork, the greatest, and that's an end on it. The greatest.
Let's talk here about Richard Poe the genius narrator. His characterizations, regardless of McCarthy's intentions, are stunning. I count about four or five base timbres for the voices, and the genius of his performance proceeds from there. The vocal gravel, the certainty, the unapologetic descriptions and illuminations of horror, and on occasion grace (look carefully, every once in a while someone does someone a genuine good turn in this book), are transcendent.
I've read this book three times and listened to it at least five times. It does not disappoint.
Buy this now. You will not regret it.
A spectacularly enjoyable listening experience. Poe has an enthralling reading voice. I'll be looking into other work he has narrated.
Lots of memorable imagery. The voices are too similar to keep track of characters at times. Note that as chapters are announced a bunch of key words from the chapter are read off, I'm guessing this is in the printed version too but through the audio version its a bit confusing at first.
At once lean and lyrical, blood meridian is a masterpiece of biblical proportions. By it's very nature, mysterious and murderous, the type of literature to be experienced again and again.
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