Author of the National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier. His birth ended his mother's life in Tennessee. Scrawny and wiry, he runs away at the age of 14. As he makes his way westward, the impoverished and illiterate youth finds trouble at every turn. Then he's recruited by Army irregulars, lured by the promise of spoils and bound for Mexico. Churning a dusty path toward destiny, he witnesses unknown horrors and suffering-and yet, as if shielded by the almighty hand of God, he survives to breathe another day. Earning McCarthy comparisons to greats like Melville and Faulkner, Blood Meridian is a masterwork of rare genius. Gifted narrator Richard Poe wields the author's prose like a man born to speak it.
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Cormac McCarthy plumbs the depths of humankind’s depravity like no one else. In this dark, gritty Old West classic, we follow the violent odyssey of a teenager known as “the kid” through the American Southwest in the mid-1800s. The kid eventually joins the scalp-hunting Glanton gang—whose members include a pale, hairless giant named Judge Holden and an ex-priest named Tobin—who are being paid by the Mexican government to terrorize the territory. McCarthy conjures ornate poetry out of malevolence and pain, and his storytelling makes it clear that no one is innocent. Narrator Richard Poe finds the hypnotic rhythm in McCarthy’s prose. The ending of this brutal tale sparked debates for decades. Listen—and form your own opinion.
This is the best book I’ve ever read. Granted I’ve only read <10 books because I get bored halfway through them. But not this one.
I wasn’t prepared to hear the N word twice within 10 minutes at the beginning of a book.
Once in a lifetime story
It’s brutal and beautiful. You owe it to yourself to give this one a shot.