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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.Learn More
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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
- This 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".
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