Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

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An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, Blood Meridian brilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western 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 the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into the nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving.


See the child. He is pale and thin, he wears a thin and ragged linen shirt. He stokes the scullery fire. Outside lie dark turned fields with rags of snow and darker woods beyond that harbor yet a few ...

About the Author:

Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist, screenwriter, and playwright who has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. A number of his works have been adapted into films, including All the Pretty…

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Loved It
bleak, gruesome

This is not a book for the faint of heart. A well-written and, to some extent, somewhat historically accurate account of one of the bloodiest times in early American history.

11/17/2022 7:12:20 PM
gritty, masterpiece

The pinnacle of literary achievement , a story of violence and bloodshed in the American West. Very well written, yet very disturbing content. The Judge is an unforgettable character

11/19/2022 1:31:04 PM
Liked It
brutal and violent

An unsettling look at the 19th-century settlement of the American West. Men engaged in extreme brutality against one another.

11/22/2022 2:01:07 AM
Loved It
beautiful and terrifying

A brutal and challenging book, but one that is well crafted. McCarthy's writing cannot be compared to anyone.

11/18/2022 6:06:09 PM

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