Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

Cormac McCarthy
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.Publisher's Note: The 25th Anniversary Edition has been reset, causing the text to reflow. Page references based on earlier editions will no longer apply, so Vintage Books has compiled the following chart as a conversion aid. Download the chart by copying and pasting the following link into your browser:


Reviewed: 2021-08-01
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Reviewed: 2018-12-14

Read & reread it. Ought to be considered a luminous text from cover to cover. Lack of traditional grammar confusing at times but certainly not to the detriment of McCarthy's writing.

Reviewed: 2015-10-13
Perhaps consuming this book in audiobook format whilst running like a mad-dog was not the best of ideas. It deserved more of my attention and I fear I may have done it some injustice. Alas, I wasn't able to be swept away by McCarthy's magic this time around and I had constant issues of 'sticking around' in the many moments. But still, Judge, fuck you!
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