Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Or the Evening Redness in the West

81%

20 Critic Reviews

This is McCarthy, I think. He is the artisan at work here, contemplating the limits of his own achievement. He is hammering out "some coinage for a dawn that would not be".
-Guardian

Synopsis

"The fulfilled renown of Moby-Dick and of As I Lay Dying is augmented by Blood Meridian, since Cormac McCarthy is the worthy disciple both of Melville and Faulkner," writes esteemed literary scholar Harold Bloom in his Introduction to the Modern Library edition. "I venture that no other living American novelist, not even Pynchon, has given us a book as strong and memorable."

Cormac McCarthy's masterwork, Blood Meridian, chronicles the brutal world of the Texas-Mexico borderlands in the mid-nineteenth century. Its wounded hero, the teenage Kid, must confront the extraordinary violence of the Glanton gang, a murderous cadre on an official mission to scalp Indians and sell those scalps. Loosely based on fact, the novel represents a genius vision of the historical West, one so fiercely realized that since its initial publication in 1985 the canon of American literature has welcomed Blood Meridian to its shelf.

"A classic American novel of regeneration through violence," declares Michael Herr. "McCarthy can only be compared to our greatest writers."


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About Cormac McCarthy

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Cormac McCarthy is the author of nine previous novels. Among his honors are the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
 
Published August 11, 2010 by Vintage. 349 pages
Genres: History, Westerns, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Blood Meridian
All: 20 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Above average
on Sep 30 2011

Virtually all of McCarthy's idiosyncratic fiction (The Orchard Keeper, Child-of God, Suttree) is suffused with fierce pessimism...Grandiose, feverish, opaque.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Caryn James on Apr 28 1985

The judge's enigmatic dance and the long ordeal of the novel's violence demand more than this easy ambiguity. There are, of course, no answers to the life-and-death issues Mr. McCarthy raises, but there are more rigorous, coherent ways to frame the questions.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by David Vann on Nov 13 2009

This is McCarthy, I think. He is the artisan at work here, contemplating the limits of his own achievement. He is hammering out "some coinage for a dawn that would not be".

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by Ted Gioia on Dec 26 2008

The paradoxical behavior of this savage savant serves as the magnetic center of the novel, and personifies that mysterious combination of brutishness and scrupulousness that permeates Blood Meridian.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Ted Gioia on Dec 26 2008

This is McCarthy at his most stylized and disturbing; indeed, at his best, I would suggest. He excises the tragic from his tragedies, and thus makes them more a part of everyday life.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Alex Sorondo on Sep 22 2011

The book’s beauty, its resonance, resides in its rendering of travel and violence and nature in prose so streaming and lyrical, and occasionally archaic, that it demands a slow progression, invites and endears you to re-read certain passages until its ideas are clarified, its language retained, its images engraved.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Peter Kelton on Sep 26 2010

Imagine the imagery of Sam Peckinpah and Heironymus Bosch as written by William Faulkner, and you'll have just an inkling of this novel's power.

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Pajiba

Below average
Reviewed by Carrie on Aug 07 2009

On the one hand there's the me that appreciates the writing and his use of language. It's very beautiful, the man knows how to turn a phrase. But it can also be very hard going. There's only so much description I can take before I want the story to move on, to go somewhere.

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Daily Kos

Above average
Reviewed by Friendlystranger on Oct 26 2009

McCarthy doesn't use much punctuation,and doesn't separate dialogue from other sentences by using quotation marks. But once you get used to it, the story flows along.

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AuthorsDen

Good
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip on Nov 21 2015

I recommend Blood Meridian for its pearl-handled stab at a near-hidden darkness, its throat-ripping grab at the very being of your conscience.

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AuthorsDen

Good
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip on Mar 03 2008

One doesn’t read Corman McCarthy for happy endings. In any event one can expect a roller-coaster ride through his novels, and Blood Meridian is a particularly wild ride.

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http://www.bookdrum.com

Good
on Nov 21 2015

On 14th February 2008 I finished Blood Meridian and it left me flabbergasted, it left me winded. I felt stunned and I felt angry as I realised what was happening in the last chapter. I didn’t want to turn the last pages.

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Inverarity is not a Scottish village

Good
on Jan 01 2012

If you are a Cormac McCarthy fan, then you have to read this book. If you're not, this one will either make you a fan or make you run screaming.

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The Blue Bookcase

Good
Reviewed by IngridLola on Nov 21 2015

particularly liked how McCarthy's description of the landscape echoed the violence that occurs there...I also liked the biblical tone to his writing, as well as the many allusions to the primal nature of man.

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The Mookse and the Gripes

Excellent
Reviewed by Trevor Berrett on Mar 30 2010

I have now read five of McCarthy’s ten novels. I’ve loved each one, and each is masterful in its way — but this stands out as a masterpiece among masterworks.

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Booktopia Blog

Good
Reviewed by Andrew Cattanach on Jul 11 2012

With his characteristically expansive prose and each page riddled with symbolism, McCarthy uses his protagonist The Kid, a teenage runaway in the mid 1800’s, as a canvas upon which we can splash our own feelings.

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InkSlinger Blog

Good
Reviewed by THE INK SLINGER on Aug 26 2011

It’s hard to say one loves Blood Meridian. For those who can handle its harshness, however, I do believe it’s worth reading. Beneath the grit and McCarthy’s exceptional prose, it’s a haunting, thought-provoking tale that reaches out and hits you in a way you’ll never forget.

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http://www.sheilaomalley.com

Above average
Reviewed by Sheila on Apr 04 2008

I finished Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West last night. My only regret is that someone wasn’t there to hold me when it was all over...It’s going to take me some time to shake off Blood Meridian.

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Biblioklept

Excellent
Reviewed by Edwin Turner on Apr 06 2008

Blood Meridian is literally stunning; perhaps the best analogy I can think of is going to see a really, really good band that plays really, really brutal and strange music that sorta melts your face off...Reading anything else right after finishing Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West is sort of like that.

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A Book a Day Till I Can Stay Blog

Excellent
on Jun 29 2010

However, this is bloody and intense plotting, certainly not making for a nice evening’s entertainment. In terms of a masterclass though, as an opportunity to observe a writer in full command of his craft, I thoroughly recommend it.

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