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Blood Meridian [Paperback]

Cormac McCarthy
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Picador (1 Jan 2011)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0330544586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330544580
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cormac McCarthy was born in Rhode Island. He later went to Chicago, where he worked as an auto mechanic while writing his first novel, The Orchard Keeper. The Orchard Keeper was published by Random House in 1965; McCarthy's editor there was Albert Erskine, William Faulkner's long-time editor. Before publication, McCarthy received a travelling fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which he used to travel to Ireland. In 1966 he also received the Rockefeller Foundation Grant, with which he continued to tour Europe, settling on the island of Ibiza. Here, McCarthy completed revisions of his next novel, Outer Dark. In 1967, McCarthy returned to the United States, moving to Tennessee. Outer Dark was published in 1968, and McCarthy received the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Writing in 1969. His next novel, Child of God, was published in 1973. From 1974 to 1975, McCarthy worked on the screenplay for a PBS film called The Gardener's Son, which premiered in 1977. A revised version of the screenplay was later published by Ecco Press. In the late 1970s, McCarthy moved to Texas, and in 1979 published his fourth novel, Suttree, a book that had occupied his writing life on and off for twenty years. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1981, and published his fifth novel, Blood Meridian, in 1985. All the Pretty Horses, the first volume of The Border Trilogy, was published in 1992. It won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was later turned into a feature film. The Stonemason, a play that McCarthy had written in the mid-1970s and subsequently revised, was published by Ecco Press in 1994. Soon thereafter, the second volume of The Border Trilogy, The Crossing, was published with the third volume, Cities of the Plain, following in 1998. McCarthy's next novel, No Country for Old Men, was published in 2005. This was followed in 2006 by a novel in dramatic form, The Sunset Limited, originally performed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago. McCarthy's most recent novel, The Road, was published in 2006 and won the Pulitzer Prize.

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Read, with light scuffing. (fic)

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Please don't anyone be put off by one guy who didn't like this. It was epic. Awesomely beautiful and vivid. Hard going,sometimes, I agree. But also enigmatic and puzzling, and with an ending that threw everything into a new light, for me. Read it for the desert alone, or for the attack on Captain White's partisans? Or for the Judge. (One of my favourite ever characters.)

I will read this again no doubt, with great pleasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 May 2014
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Very intriguing story, very well written. It gives a whole new perspective on the cowboy-Indian conflict, which is atypical for a western, and that makes it very original.
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as usual McCarthy revels in language and creates a disturbing picture of the genocide against the native americans in the texas and new mexican desert of the 1840s.A bloody oddysy of homeric proportions
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hard Going 27 Nov 2012
This was hard to read. I've read his western trilogy, but this was a difficult novel to get into. Firstly, there is no speech punctuation, secondly,there is quite a bit of Spanish dialogue, with no translation, and basically, it is a story of desperadoes who ride, ride, and ride, kill, kill, kill, and get drunk whenever they come to a town. They seem to kill with no discrimination - Apaches, children, Mexicans, Americans ,Mules, puppies, you name it, they kill it, whether in Mexico, or Texas. I'm reminded of the line in "The Unforgiven" where William Munney says," Yeh, I've killed women and children, I've killed just about everything that walks, and I've come to kill you, Little Bill, for what you did to my partner", or words to that effect.
There is a lot of description about the landscape, flora and fauna and weather of the area, I had hoped for a western novel, but this is more a dissertation for national gergraphic.
I usually give my read books to charities, but this is going straight int the bin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good Cormac McCarthy book 26 Feb 2014
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Rough but good - who doesn't like Cormac McCarthy books ?? it's been around awhile and I'm glad I finally bought it and read it -
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