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Blood Meridian, or The Evening Redness in the West

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7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Where Red Turns Purple

While appreciating McCarthy's achievement, I consider the 'style' unnecessarily affected. The innovation of dropping quotation marks, apostrophes, and most hyphens should not be confused with creativity. His approach leads to confusion rather than clarity. Strunk and Wh...
While appreciating McCarthy's achievement, I consider the 'style' unnecessarily affected. The innovation of dropping quotation marks, apostrophes, and most hyphens should not be confused with creativity. His approach leads to confusion rather than clarity. Strunk and White would be aghast. Similes and metaphors are often incongruous. The conjunction 'and' is used ad nauseam where commas will suffice and signal where a reader can pause. Enough with the grammar lesson though. It would be interesting to hear how the author justifies the appearance of a lanneret, a harpy eagle, ringdoves, jackals, and even nectar-sipping bats that (in the US) are found only in Big Bend National Park. Repetition of 'They rode on' becomes nauseating. For what purpose are less familiar words - thrapple for windpipe, aubergines for eggplants? Spanish words are distractingly misspelled. Eventually there's a point where erudition becomes ostentation. The character Judge Holden, whose discourses would daze an Oxford professor, personifies this negative factor. However, in defense of the 'ambiguous' ending, I ask what would the reader wish? One may suppose that McCarthy painted himself into a corner, but a novel takes on life when its characters have their own say as to resolution. Leaving the matter for interpretation was a beautiful stroke.

posted by Anonymous on April 12, 2008

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6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Overrated

I feel like the only one who doesn't like it but I have to share my thoughts about it. I found it very confusing and disappointing. It started off interesting but then so many characters were thrown into the story, most of which were unimportant or killed in the next ch...
I feel like the only one who doesn't like it but I have to share my thoughts about it. I found it very confusing and disappointing. It started off interesting but then so many characters were thrown into the story, most of which were unimportant or killed in the next chapter. I found it annoying how much attention I had to put into reading it. McCarthy would describe the scenery or the desert for so long that I'd lose focus and then something important for the story would happen, so I'd have to go back and re-read nearly everything to the point where I didn't care about anything the book had to say anymore. I didn't like any of the characters, I stopped caring towards the end of the book how crazy or evil any of them were. For the last 1/4 of the book, I was so confused that I didn't know who was killing who, where anybody was, who was alive or dead, so I found myself reading as fast as I could because I wanted to finish it as quick as I could just to end it. And to top all of that, it was unnecessarily violent, I personally like violent books and movies, but this was so ridiculous to the point where it was really annoying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2009

    Overrated

    I feel like the only one who doesn't like it but I have to share my thoughts about it. I found it very confusing and disappointing. It started off interesting but then so many characters were thrown into the story, most of which were unimportant or killed in the next chapter. I found it annoying how much attention I had to put into reading it. McCarthy would describe the scenery or the desert for so long that I'd lose focus and then something important for the story would happen, so I'd have to go back and re-read nearly everything to the point where I didn't care about anything the book had to say anymore. I didn't like any of the characters, I stopped caring towards the end of the book how crazy or evil any of them were. For the last 1/4 of the book, I was so confused that I didn't know who was killing who, where anybody was, who was alive or dead, so I found myself reading as fast as I could because I wanted to finish it as quick as I could just to end it. And to top all of that, it was unnecessarily violent, I personally like violent books and movies, but this was so ridiculous to the point where it was really annoying.

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

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    cannot recommend

    I am sloshing through this mess. I will finish the book only because I refuse to throw money away. There's no real story or plot here; no flushing out of characters. Main character has no name at all. Sorry, Cormac, this is a total loss of writing talent.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Painful to read..

    Like others have pointed out, it seems that McCarthy has chosen to use the most obscure words possible. Words that are not chosen for any editorial process, but merely for the routine of confusing and boring the reader. For example. "The cat crossed the road". Using McCarthy's style, "The nested swallows of black-chroma colored hair on the cat swayed malignantly as tendered across the rough-effed mandril pavement as to stutter eastward toward the magenta abyss".

    If you like to feel important or more intelligent than others, then by all means read away. If you prefer to read and not break out the thesaurus or read ten sentences that should have given you the gist in one then stay away.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Caveat: I'm only 70 pages in, but... Mr. McCarthy, have you eve

    Caveat: I'm only 70 pages in, but...

    Mr. McCarthy, have you ever heard of commas and periods?  Every sentence is a run-on sentence, and he finds a way to say in 20 words what I could have said in 5 words.  Still, I plan on finishing this book , because it must have some redeeming qualities to garner the rave reviews.  

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    not for me...

    I gave this book away because it was just not drawing me in it was repelling me.
    I think it would appeal to a different personality then mine..

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