Blood Meridian, Paperback
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


Blood Meridian is an epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, brilliantly subverting the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the Wild West.

Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into a nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving. 'Cormac McCarthy's violent lyric masterpiece, Blood Meridian acquires an amoral, apocalyptic dimension through the Miltonic grandeur of the language ...It is a barbarously poetic odyssey through a hell without purpose' Irish Times 'McCarthy's achievement is to establish a new mythology which is as potent and vivid as that of the movies, yet one which has absolutely the opposite effect ...He is a great writer' Independent 'A bloody and starkly beautiful tale' Stephen Amidon, Sunday Times




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This is my third Cormac McCarthy book, having previously read No Country for Old Men and The Road. So I'm fairly used to McCarthy's minimalist writing style.There's not much of a story here, and not much character development either. It's more like going along for the ride with a murderous bunch of bandits and observing their random existence.There's lots of imagery, lots of descriptive writing, and lots of violence. But somehow I found the whole thing a bit empty as I couldn't empathise with any of the characters, and couldn't really understand why they did some of the things they did.Thankfully this wasn't my first McCarthy novel, as this wouldn't be a good place to start.

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