Blood Meridian Or the Evening Redness in the West summary ☆ 8

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Blood Meridian Or the Evening Redness in the West summary ☆ 8 Ò Blood Meridian is an epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion brilliantly subverting the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the Wild West Based on historical events that took place on the TexasTern novel and the mythology of the Wild West Based on historical events that took place on the Texas Mexico border in the 1850s it traces the fortunes of. Breathless Uniue Brutal There are many words that could be used to describe Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy For me this was my second time through and I liked it far better than my first reading Judge Holden John Job Glanton Toadvine and the kid are all fantastic characters I shudder to think that the horrors visited upon the Indians and Mexicans and homesteaders were all based on fact The apocalypse described in The Road is not too far a cry from the hellish country on the US Mexico border which has not really changed if we exchange the scalper mercenaries for the drug cartels and yet the descriptions and language of Blood Meridian is beautiful to me The symbolism here is uite strong and one wonders whether the author is a nihilist like his characters or if there is really some redeeming uality buried deep inside mana true American masterpieceI would read The Border Trilogy after finishing Blood Meridien I have not tried Suttree or Child of God but they would have a hard time to top this one

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The Kid a fourteen year old Tennesseean who stumbles into a nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thrivin. Cormac McCarthy's west of absolutes is a wonder to behold Villainous attacks on people devoid a home desecration of the westland listings of all things in the majestic transitory landscape like observations by Darwin at the Galapagos in lush sometimes horrific detail murky human psyches no dialogue and especially that campfire philosophy by which anyone can find some sort of meaning in their modern lives especially if you're fortunate enough to inhabit the places which Mr McCarthy describes are all the ingredients of a McCarthy book the way this one is polished symbolic graphic makes it my favorite McCarthy book by farThe apocalyptic landscape of The Road is here but it's thankfully not as literal as that novel about human annihilation after cataclysm If you were shocked by the cannibals eating babies in that one well you ain't seen nothin' This ultraviolent account is well researched well versed poetic The Blood Meridian and the act of scalping are one you simply lose most of your head as you look at the very promise the west has had to offer My favorite line A lamb lost in the mountains cries Sometimes comes the mother Sometimes comes the wolfLawlessness and betrayal reigns supreme Apache attacks famine are omnipresent; it is this blood thirst that shocks the reader and at once impels him to continue reading to see what befalls the group of barbarians sinners next

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Blood Meridian Or the Evening Redness in the WestBlood Meridian is an epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion brilliantly subverting the conventions of the Wes. Spilledemptiedwrung outsoul rippedthat pretty accurately sums up my emotional composition after finishing this singular work of art Ironically I’m sure I only absorbed about 10% of the “message” McCarthy was conveying in this epic exposition on war violence and man’s affinity for both Still even with my imperfect comprehension I was shaken enough by the experience that though I finished the book days ago I’m just now at the point where I can revisit the jumble in my head enough to sort through how I feel One feeling I have is that Cormac McCarthy is word smithing sorcerer and a genius of devious subversion He's taken the most romanticized genre in American literature the Western and savagely torn off its leathery sun weathered skin in aid of showing an unflinching unparalleled depiction of man at his most brutal and most violent This is man as “world devourer” Oddly enough in subverting the Western motif McCarthy may have written its ultimate example I tend to agree with Harold Bloom’s assessment when he says “It culminates all the aesthetic potential that Western fiction can have I don’t think that anyone can hope to improve on it it essentially closes out the tradition” Well said Mr Bloom PLOT SUMMARYCHARACTERSBased at least partially on real life events the story is set around 1850 immediately after the end of the Mexican American War and takes place in the “borderlands” between the two countries that stretches from Texas to California The narrative follows a young teenager known only as “the kid” who runs away from his father in Tennessee after his mother dies See the child He can neither read nor write and in him broods already a taste for mindless violence All history present in that visage the child the father of the man After engaging in a number of notably violent occupations including bison hunterskinner and as a soldier in an “irregular” army borderland goon suad the kid eventually hooks up with a group of scalphunters led by John Glanton historically known as the Glanton Gang The rest of the story follows the kid and his exploits with the Glanton Gang as they cut a swatch of violence across the borderlands that is unlike anything you are likely to have read about before However the narrative of the kid and the Glanton Gang are simply there to give McCarthy’s story a framework to work through a context This is not a novel about the history of the borderlands or the atrocities that were committed there That is incidental to its purpose McCarthy uses the lawlessness and extreme carnage of the period and the horrific events that transpire as a microcosm to explore the nature of war violence and man’s unrivaled capacity for unmitigated depravity Not a beautiful subjectbut soooooooo beautifully done This brings me to Judge Holden aka “the Judge” one of the most memorable literary figures I have ever come across He's also among the most amoral depraved sadistic and remorselessly cruel individuals I have encountered in my reading In the character of the Judge McCarthy has distilled and personified the ultimate expression of war and violence He is a manifestation of pure evil a spokesman for the belief that war is man’s calling and his purest state is to be an instrument for violence Fun guy huhThe Judge's philosophy is that War is god man’s purpose is to be its ultimate practitioner and any attempts to civilize or reform this aspect of man are doomed to failure “Moral law is an invention of mankind for the disenfranchisement of the powerful in favor of the weak Historical