"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."
The great American novel! To read this, is to have read one of the greatest stories ever told.
Awesome read! Captivating!
Cormac McCarthy has achieved something EPIC within the pages of this incredible book.
I read recently a quote on McCarthy that sums it up for any skepticism one might have on enjoying an epic gothic western, such as Prime Meridian. “Cormac McCarthy puts other American authors to shame” This is not an opinion in my mind, but a fact true to life.
No matter your genre that you tend to fancy, no matter the style that you have clung to as a consumer of fiction... if you are an American in any sense (or just simply an occasional patron of fiction lit when your smart phone hasn’t completely engrossed your attentions) Blood Meridian will change your imaginings of the western front and have you rethinking mankind’s nature and what war brings into this world we live in. His landscape paints a masterpiece within the mind with a vocabulary unlike any other, yet I never felt a skip of comprehension, he is beyond masterful. I highly recommend any work by this author. I enjoy all kinds of reading material and I am definitely a genre fluid kind of girl, but this guy is my hero for giving me something to read that is gritty and at the same time full of meaning and a universal theme at root.
Lord, I am done blabbering. Just know if you don’t read this, you are missing something grand!!