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 14-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into a nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving.
McCarthy at his very best.
The prose is immaculate. The imagery is horrifying and beautiful. The philosophies of its characters are seductive and unsettling. It is absolutely unrelenting and I rate it among the best books I’ve ever read.
What can be said.
Having just finished this, I cannot currently think of another book that has its measure. If things play out as they have before, this will continue to grow in stature as time passes. It is all-encompassing.
Is there a better book?
After listening to the audio book version at least 5 times (starting to lose count.. Currently listening to it again as I drive to jobs) I had to read it word for word and devour every piece. I can't get enough of this book for some reason. Not since Frank Herbert's Dune have I been so obsessed by a single book.