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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library; New edition edition (Jan. 2 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679641041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679641049
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.7 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bruddy Dahl on Nov. 20 2001
Format: Paperback
I recently saw Harold Bloom, the famous literary scholar from Yale, on a television show where he stated that Blood Meridian was the greatest work of any contemporary American author. I agree. I can't think of anything I've read that even comes close to this novel. First, you have the prose style, which is so controlled and crafted and at the same time flows so naturally that it must have taken years to develop. It reminded me of a missing book from the bible: hypnotic, enigmatic, ancient and at the same time, familiar. I kept thinking of the ocean when I was reading it because of the vastness of the landscape he describes. It seems as if the characters are on a journey, but they're not, unless they're circling further and further down into hell.
I think the familiarity of the novel comes from it's relation to violence from a Christian standpoint. There's no doubt that McCarthy intends to have us react to this book from a moral perspective and yet at the same time be fascinated with it's violence. The setting, the wild wicked west, is a part of the American psyche that still takes forms today in our action films and tv shows that feed our hunger for blood and murder. By taking us back to our roots, stripping away the restraints of our Judeo-Christian values, MCCarthy steeps the story of death and evil in biblical prose and washes it with blood so that we see our dark selves reflected in all our ugliness.
I compare this work to the works of the great Russian novelists ,Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, who always went for the big questions, What is life?, Who is God?, What is morality? and the American Moby Dick which encapsulated a universe. When you read books like these a lot of what appears on the bestseller lists seems so meaningless.
This is a book you simply stand in awe of if you're a writer or ever thought of being one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Red Xala TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 21 2013
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To put it plainly, BLOOD MERIDIAN is like nothing that I have ever read before; any serious attempt at gaining a contextual understanding of this text will require multiple readings, with English and Spanish dictionaries in hand.

Multilayered with symbolism and meaning, and masterfully crafted with bilingual verbosity and unorthodox syntax, Cormic McCarthy presents a nightmarish reality where moral law is a cipher in toto.

So far, I have read this sublime offering by McCarthy only once; I definitely intend to read it again.  However, truth be told, BLOOD MERIDIAN is not an easily digestible piece of pap writing; it is a hauntingly graphic work of historical fiction that requires ample time for rumination and ancillary study.

Without question,  BLOOD MERIDIAN is one of the most brutal pieces of literature that I have ever read.  Set in the U.S./Mexican borderlands, in the immediate aftermath of the Mexican-American war, McCarthy vivid portrays an inhospitable, lawless region where extreme violence is the modus operandi, and benevolence is nearly non-existent. 

I reiterate, the unflinching levels of violence portrayed by McCarthy are tantamount to "total war":  American soldiers scalped, disemboweled, and sodomized by Comanche warriors; Apache infants' heads dashed against rocks until their brains spill out; genitals severed and stuffed into victims' mouths; men skewered over fires and burned alive; children abducted, raped, and murdered... 

At the epicenter of this panoply of blood lust is the Mephistophelian antagonist  known as Judge Holden, or "The Judge" - a seven foot tall, completely hairless, Caucasian leader of a band of vicious criminals that has been commissioned to collect Apache scalps.
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I love Cormac McCarthy, and this is my favorite of all his novels. If you like this, check out All the Pretty Horses and The Road.
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By Will on April 22 2014
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Best western novel ever written. The imagery that Cormack McCarthy evokes through his writings is astounding, contrasting this with the brutal hardships endured by the characters makes "Blood Meridian" the best book I have read in years. Must Read.
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My choice for an all time great novel. There is so much going on in this novel, I can't really review it.

It is epic. It is classic. It is historic. The language is the story, the plot at times seems barely relevant. Characters are not knowable and yet they are burned into my memory. Each word seems to have been carefully chosen. I needed to reference a dictionary or some other outside source on nearly every page.

A difficult story to understand. And I don't understand it yet, but I still give it top marks because I keep coming back for more.

I suspect a lot of readers will be turned away by the extreme violence. I am not really sure why I wasn't.

To me, the experience of reading "Blood Meridian" was worth all the discomfort.
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A friend insisted that I read this book. I haven't read too many westerns, and lean more towards science fiction and nonfiction - but appreciate any quality work. I had just come off the indescribable East of Eden, and I enjoyed this equally.

This is one of the best novels I've ever read in my life. The depth of one character specifically is the most intriguing I may have ever witnessed in the format. This is not for the light of stomach, which makes it all the more gripping.

Just buy, borrow, or steal it already.
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