Oh, what can I say about Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian? It’s about a violent way of life on the Texas-Mexico border during the 1850’s; more specifically about a 14 year old boy, “the kid,” and his bloody adventures as he journeys into this desert hell. There is no emotion and no redemption in this novel, just graphic (albeit dark and lovely at the same time) images of soulless humans struggling to one up each other in a game of survival.
I appreciated McCarthy’s novel, it’s lurid images and emotionless characters. But I didn’t particularly enjoy it. The absence of plot, empty, selfish characters and events stumbled upon with no purpose, make for a unique and creative novel, but not necessarily a pleasurable one. But perhaps that is the point. Violence is not meant to please us. Humans without feeling for others are more animal than human. This is a good book to pick apart, a good book to study in a classic literature class. It’s a work of art, but don’t expect to be entertained by it.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 1985
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