Time Magazine: 1 of the 100 Best English-Language Novels from 1923-2005
A Publishers Weekly Pick for 10 Best Books Set in the American West
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.
Kid’s birth ended his mother’s life in Tennessee. Scrawny and wiry, the impoverished and illiterate youth runs away at the age of fourteen, making his way westward and finding 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.
“McCarthy employs a neo-Biblical rhetoric, a soaring, pulsing…Always stirring diction without parallel in American writing today.”
“Blood Meridian…seems to me clearly the major esthetic achievement of any living American writer.”
New York Observer
“The book reads like a conflation of the Inferno, the Iliad, and Moby-Dick…An extraordinary, breathtaking achievement."
Independent (London)“If what we call ‘horror’ can be seen as including any literature that has dark, horrific subject matter, then Blood Meridian is, in this reviewer’s estimation, the best horror novel ever written. It’s a perverse, picaresque Western…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. From the opening scenes about a fourteen-year-old Tennessee boy who joins the band of hunters to the extraordinary, mythic ending, this is an American classic about extreme violence.”
Amazon.com, editorial review
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Weird...beautiful...violentJuly 16, 2015This audio book had a strange effect on me. Upon first hearing it what was most noticeable is the gorgeous (albeit violent) prose of Cormac McCarthy. Yet's that's a given. The symbolism of this story isn't subtle, it's really not much more than the battle of good vs evil in the middle of desert. That's been done before by other authors. After I first heard this audio book a couple of years ago I thought "well that wasn't very good...I didn't really like that at all". Something weird happened. The recollection of the experience of hearing it stuck with me. I now think the visceral impact of the book itself needed time to sink in. Not only was the book unforgettable, but I now remember where I was and what the circumstances were when I heard Richard Poe narrating it for the first time. This book stays with you long after you are done listening to it. It certainly deserves revisiting. I might even call the book "great".
Richard Poe has worked extensively in movies, television, and on Broadway. He is best known for his portrayal of Gul Evek in three different Star Trek series: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks and earned eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards.
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- Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
- Genre: Fiction/Historical
- ISBN-13: 9781436126298