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Tern 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 Breathless Uniue Brutal There are many words that could be used to describe Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy For me this was my second time through and I liked it far better than my first reading Judge Holden John Job Glanton Toadvine and the kid are all fantastic characters I shudder to think that the horrors visited upon the Indians and Mexicans and homesteaders were all based on fact The apocalypse described in The Road is not too far a cry from the hellish country on the US Mexico border which has not really changed if we exchange the scalper mercenaries for the drug cartels and yet the descriptions and language of Blood Meridian is beautiful to me The symbolism here is uite strong and one wonders whether the author is a nihilist like his characters or if there is really some redeeming uality buried deep inside mana true American masterpieceI would read The Border Trilogy after finishing Blood Meridien I have not tried Suttree or Child of God but they would have a hard time to top this one

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Blood Meridian Or the Evening Redness in the WestThe Kid a fourteen year old Tennesseean who stumbles into a nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thrivin Cormac McCarthy's west of absolutes is a wonder to behold Villainous attacks on people devoid a home desecration of the westland listings of all things in the majestic transitory landscape like observations by Darwin at the Galapagos in lush sometimes horrific detail murky human psyches no dialogue and especially that campfire philosophy by which anyone can find some sort of meaning in their modern lives especially if you're fortunate enough to inhabit the places which Mr McCarthy describes are all the ingredients of a McCarthy book the way this one is polished symbolic graphic makes it my favorite McCarthy book by farThe apocalyptic landscape of The Road is here but it's thankfully not as literal as that novel about human annihilation after cataclysm If you were shocked by the cannibals eating babies in that one well you ain't seen nothin' This ultraviolent account is well researched well versed poetic The Blood Meridian and the act of scalping are one you simply lose most of your head as you look at the very promise the west has had to offer My favorite line A lamb lost in the mountains cries Sometimes comes the mother Sometimes comes the wolfLawlessness and betrayal reigns supreme Apache attacks famine are omnipresent; it is this blood thirst that shocks the reader and at once impels him to continue reading to see what befalls the group of barbarians sinners next

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Download Blood Meridian Or the Evening Redness in the West Book ↠ 351 pages È Cormac mccarthy î 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 mytholBlood Meridian is an epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion brilliantly subverting the conventions of the Wes Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian is unuestionably the most violent novel I’ve ever read It’s also one of the bestFor those who would consider that a turn off I offer this caveatFor the overwhelming majority of fiction that involves a lot of violence the violence itself is an act of masturbation representing either the author’s dark impulse or perhaps worse pandering to the reader’s similar revenge fantasies this might explain why the majority of Blood Meridian fans I know personally are men where as the majority of those who’ve told me they were unable to finish it are womenDon’t get me wrong the violence in Blood Meridian is gratuitous It’s both mentally and emotionally exhausting even in a day and age where television and movies have numbed us to such things But unlike say the movie 300 the violence serves a purpose – in fact the gratuitousness itself serves a purpose Like how the long drawn out bulk of Moby Dick exists to make the reader feel the numbingly eventless life of a whaling vessel before it reaches its climactic destination McCarthy is freuently compared to Melville btw Blood Meridian exists to break the reader’s spirit Like the mercenaries the narrative follows the nonstop onslaught of cruelty after cruelty makes us jaded The story brings us to what we think is a peak of inhumanity that seems impossible to exceed and just as we stop to lick our wounds an even perverse cruelty emerges The bile that reaches the tip of our tongue at reading of a tree strewn with dead infants hung by their jaws at the beginning of the book a scene often sited to me as the point many readers stop becomes almost a casual passiveness when a character is beheaded later on We become one of these dead eyed cowboys riding into town covered head to toe in dried blood and gristle The story is based on My Confession the uestionably authentic autobiography of Civil War Commander Samuel Chamberlain which recounts his youth with the notorious Glanton Gang – a group of American mercenaries hired by the Mexican government to slaughter Native Americans Whether or not Chamberlain’s tale is true only adds to the mythic uality – exemplified by the character of Judge Holden Blood Meridian is really The Judge’s story He is larger than life Over seven feet tall corpulent hairless albino described as having an infant like face and preternaturally intelligent He is a murderer child killer pedophile and genocidal sociopath But the uestion that plagues anyone who reads the book is – who is he really?The easiest conclusion is that he is the devil or some other demon His joyous evil and fiddle playing are enough clues to come to that but controversial and less popular is the idea that he is actually the wrathful God of an uncaring universe He’s called THE Judge after allHe spends a great deal of time illustrating new discoveries – be it an Indian vase or petroglyph – only to destroy it when finished It’s commented that he seems intent on “cataloging all creation” When a fellow mercenary asks why he does it he smiles and cryptically replies “That which exists without my knowledge exists without my consent”The fact that the book is rife with biblical imagery implies that he is than a mere symbol of man’s inhumanity to man which is not to say that the devil isn’t but when the book ends SPOILER ALERT and our protagonist’s body is found shoved into a commode the townsfolk stand staring into the darkened doorway of the latrine eerily mirroring the apostles staring into empty crypt after the resurrection But here there is no ascension; no salvation offered Only the Judge who dances to the closing lines “He is dancing dancing He says that he will never die