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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing genius, 21 May 2010
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This review is from: Blood Meridian: Or, the Evening Redness in the West (Picador Books) (Paperback)
I am a Cormac MacCarthy fan but had not read his books in chronologic order, Blood Meridian is the most impressive, memorable book I have ever read. It is truly unputdownable (if that really is a word). He writes about the most disturbing and brutal things in such a beautiful and poetic way, that he paints vivid pictures in your mind which stay long after you have finished the book.

All of his books seem to have something sinister or evil in them (with the exception of the slightly autobiographical 'Sutree')but in this one the character of 'The Judge' creates his own league. This character was voted the second most evil creation of all time behind 'Hanibal Lechter'and had he been made life like on film the Judge would have pissed it.

This tells the story of what really was the wild west but set in Mexico, the kid (we never get his real name) takes up with a band of Apache scalp hunters who are basically maniachal murderers. So much happens that a synopsis would either not do justice or act as a plot spoiler. This is not a read for the faint hearted and it is not life affirming, but it is a work of genius and art.
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Initial post: 18 Apr 2015 08:53:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Apr 2015 08:57:51 BDT
What a good review this is. From "He writes about the most disturbing and brutal things in such a beautiful and poetic way" onwards, it is apposite and will surely mirror what many people who have read the book will have taken away from it.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2015 09:33:07 BDT
Tommy Dooley says:
Many thanks for your kind words and I am always pleased when someone appreciates what I too have seriously enjoyed. It remains one of the most striking and original books I have ever read.
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