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5.0 out of 5 stars
The brutal American West, 17 Aug 2010
A dark and brooding novel that leaves the reader with a lingering sense of their own mortality, Blood Meridian is not for the faint hearted.
The journey that you will travel with Cormac McCarthy's ragged band of scalp hunters is one which does not shy away from the casual violence that would have been inherrant in such a profession, which is described in an manner which suggests that the atrocities were nothing more than expected in that dark time.
The main focus of the book, rather than the sudden and savage violence of the main character (known only as The Kid) and the rest of the gang, is the powerful imagery of their journey; from the dusty plains to the towering mesas of Mexico, the author pours out the descent into darkness with almost poetic prose, the vivid and nightmarish world unfolding before the eyes of the reader, aided by the philosophical musings of the gang members, in particular the almost supernatural Judge Holden.
From the bloody rebirth of The Kid into his world of madness & death to the deliberately ambiguous ending, Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece will keep you utterly spellbound. 5/5