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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West
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: http: //knopfdoubleday.com/marketing/BloodMeridianPageReference.pdf
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RickW
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Never visited a book three times but this one I had to in order to finish it. I didn‘t like it. I hated the writing style and the violence almost seemed gratuitous. I couldn‘t keep track of the characters and for the life of me I couldn‘t tell you what the plot is. This may be the last time I read a book based upon friends telling me it‘s a must read and it‘s a classic.

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Jae-G
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Panpan

This book is probably the worst book I have ever read. It usually takes me 4 weeks or less to finish a book and it took me 4 months to finish this one. It was so confusing, I can‘t remember it having a plot and I wouldn‘t be able to explain to someone what this book is all about. Western is really not my genre and I‘ve learned my lesson, I‘ll continue to stick to the genres I like.

However, I must say, Cormac‘s descriptive writing is very good.

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Becker
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Pickpick

5 stars-for the stupendous writing and the sheer impact.🏜

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Brooke_H
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Bailedbailed

DNF. I should've stopped when I got to the
"tree of dead babies." But I had to be stubborn
and get to p100. There has never been a book
that is more NOT for me than this book.

DivineDiana Have not been a fan of Cormac McCarthy in the past, and this post has me deciding not to ever try another one. Just not for me. 8mo
Brooke_H @DivineDiana This was my first try. 👎 8mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Mehso-so

I never really got into the writing style of this book, so I found it hard to follow. Lots of brutal violence, so if your not into that I would not recommend you attempt this. Maybe I'll try an audio reread down the road. #100EssentialNovels

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bthegood
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Thanks for the tag @Chrissyreadit.

1. Fall
2. reading scary books and watching scary movies
3. Any library (I love going to the library)
4. grateful I am able to be of service to others today

I know its late but @WJCintron @deeannloso @Arvena feel free to play!
Make a great day everyone -

nanuska_153 I don't care what spring lovers say, fall is the prettiest season 13mo
WJCintron 1. Fall
2. My son's and one of my dog's birthday, cooking yummy pumpkin spice deserts/breakfasts/cookies, and read/watch scary movies etc.
3. I LOVED Borders. I miss it so much. I go from time to time to Barnes & Noble, and I used to visit the library from where I used to live. Now that I moved a month ago, I haven't visited any libraries near me, yet. 😕
4. For the time I had to read, for being alive and for being loved by my 3 dogs and my son.
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Eggs Great post👏🏻. Thanks for playing!! 13mo
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Eggs @WJCintron Thanks for playing! 13mo
deeannloso Oops! I‘ll get it next week. 😊 13mo
bthegood @WJCintron thx for playing - 😊 13mo
bthegood @Eggs thx for hosting 😊
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bthegood
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#ThinkPositiveBePositive @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Thanks for the tag @Andrew65

@rwmg @Gissy I tag you😊

Make a great day.

Andrew65 Great quote! 13mo
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bthegood
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#20in4 Readathon @Andrew65 goals are to finish The Cousins and get a good start on Blood Meridian.

Make a great day everyone 😊

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 13mo
bthegood @Andrew65 thx for hosting😊 13mo
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literateBee

Profound! But please do not imitate the characters.

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TH3F4LC0N
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Who else is getting blue balls waiting for The Passenger to come out? 🥴

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TH3F4LC0N
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“Your heart‘s desire is to be told some mystery. The mystery is that there is no mystery.”

britt_brooke Probably the most violent book I‘ve ever read, but so damned good! 1y
TH3F4LC0N IKR?! So good! 🤤 My second fave book of all time, I think. McCarthy fan numero uno! 🤓 1y
britt_brooke @TH3F4LC0N What‘s your first favorite? Welcome to Litsy, btw - it‘s a pretty fantastic community! 1y
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TH3F4LC0N Oh, my favorite book of all time is Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein. Just an awe-inspiring book. To think that an 18 year old wrote that...I mean, talk about jealous! 😂 Yeah, that book‘s got it all; it makes you think and feel in equal measure. The prose is gorgeous, the characters are unforgettable, and no other book has ever (I think) captured so much of the human experience in so few pages, cuz it‘s really not that long. But yeah, that‘s my fave. 1y
britt_brooke @TH3F4LC0N YES. 👏🏼 One of my favorites as well! I wish I‘d read it sooner. I only just read it 3 years ago, but I‘ve read it every year since. Brilliant. 1y
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 #litsywelcomewagon 1y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy ! 9mo
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mdolan995
Pickpick

My boyfriend got me this book as a late Christmas gift and I‘ll be honest, at first I was annoyed with the writing style. Lack of punctuation and almost Stephen King type descriptions it felt long winded, but it was absolutely a page turner. Small details that are used later and descriptions that haunt. I loved it.

TheNeverendingTBR Best book I read last year, such brilliance 2y
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mdolan995
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My boyfriend and I did a book exchange for a late Christmas thing. It was to be a book that either we love or we knew they‘d love and this was what he chose for me. I can‘t wait to start dreading it !

TheNeverendingTBR The best book I read last year! ❤ 2y
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TheNeverendingTBR
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I'm happy with my reading progress this year, so much better than last year! 😃🔖

My Top-5 of the year is coming soon! 📚✅

Did you have a particular book that stood out among the rest of your 2020 reads?

#goodreads
#readingchallenge
#2020

RavenclawOwlCat I‘m LOVING the “Outlander” series of course, but my favorite book of 2020 was probably “The Castaways” by Elin Hilderbrand. Now I‘m reading something similar 🙂 2y
MrT 43 books read for me this year 2y
MrT Too many favs this year but probably these... 2y
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Gissy Congratulations! 📚📚📚📚👏👏👏💚❤️💚 2y
Reggie Way to go! 2y
UwannaPublishme Yay! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Cathythoughts Great work 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🥳 2y
TheNeverendingTBR @MrT 43 is great, I'll need to check the summary of those books and see if I fancy reading any of them! 😁 2y
TheNeverendingTBR @Gissy @Reggie @UwannaPublishme @Cathythoughts thanks guys!! I'm happy with that progress, I think I'll go for 100 in 2021! 😃📚📚 2y
bookaholic1 Congratulations!!! 2y
TheNeverendingTBR @bookaholic1 Thank you! 😌👌 2y
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TheNeverendingTBR
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1.) He's just a great, great writer and I thoroughly enjoy his books; they're so easy to read and always impact me somehow.

2.) I'd say The Hobbit is a big comfort read for me, I've read it quite a few times; it's easy reading and pure escapism - best to be read in bed next to candlelight with tea. 🕯☕

3.) Perfect movie adaptations? (Especially the short story adaptations of Stephen King's work) 📼

#sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz I love The Hobbit! Thanks for sharing! 2y
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anthonycrosby
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gruesomely beautiful. gorgeously brutal.
this took me a while to read because i found myself stopping to marvel at mccarthy's language so often.

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TheNeverendingTBR
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1.) Horror! 💀 Why? Because I started off reading with 'salems Lot by Stephen King around 1999-2000 and that's where my love of reading began. I tend to enjoy horror novels more than any other books because I'm always looking for my next scare! 👻

2.) My favourite book series is The Dark Tower because I think it's one of the best things I've ever came across in my life, it's just everything. 🥀

3.) Tagged ✅

@ozma.of.oz #sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz My sister keeps trying to get me to try The Dark Tower series! 😆 Sounds like I should get around to that. Thanks for posting! 2y
TheNeverendingTBR @ozma.of.oz I highly recommend, though I'd suggest you read 'salems Lot beforehand as it's tied into the series 💫 2y
NikkiM5 🤩 the Dark Tower series. It is so good; definitely check it out @ozma.of.oz 2y
TheNeverendingTBR @NikkiM5 For reals! 🔝💫 2y
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MinnieTimperley
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Pickpick

"This desert upon which so many have been broken is vast and calls for largeness of heart but it is ultimately empty. It is hard, it is barren. It's very nature is stone." This book is brutal.

AmyG I find with some books...I can remember where and when I read them. This is one of those. It never left me. 2y
TheNeverendingTBR Best book I've read this year! 2y
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MinnieTimperley
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Butterfinger I read his All the Pretty Horses for the same prompt. His writing just stays with you. 2y
TheNeverendingTBR Best book I've read this year, McCarthy is such a excellent author. 2y
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Jari-chan
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Pickpick

I love how Cormac McCarthy describes the desert and how he uses his words to really get us there. My favourite is still All The Pretty Horses, but I also had this “deserted“ feeling while reading this book. Be careful: this really is a bloody book, where different kinds of slaughter take place. Sadly, based on true events...

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Jari-chan
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Me: I don't have the time and the money for swaps this year. Also, I have enough unread books here. I'm fine with that.
Litsy: I've got something for you. You might like that. You can sign up now.

#SantaThing

Buechersuechtling 🙋🏽‍♀️ Welcome to my world 🌍. 🤐 I‘m also turning this over and over in my head – for the same two reasons. Though I‘m brilliant in ignoring my sub … It‘s the expense I worry about. 😟 Tell me, did you sign up nevertheless❓ 3y
Jari-chan @Buechersuechtling You can choose how much you want to spend. From 15 - 50 USD - I really like that idea. Also, no shipping costs and no running around to the post office. That's why I was so happy to find this Swap. It's so easy and relaxing. 3y
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Jason7
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Pickpick


As advertised....This novel is extremely dense, and it‘s slow moving at times, like a company of killers plodding through a dessert wasteland.... well, it‘s exactly like that. At other times, it‘s bloody, violent, and cruel. There‘s many types of beasts, thousands of mules (dead, alive, and at various stages of decomposition), and a whole hell lot of riding and moving on. Not for the casual reader. Overall rating: 4.25 stars

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Geeklet
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A dude and his criminal friends get into shenanigans in the desert. The shenanigans typically cause death. A naked guy dances in the end.

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nofutureparttwo

“Deployed upon that plain they moved in a constant elision, ordained agents of the actual dividing out the world which they encountered and leaving what had been and what would never be alone extinguished on the ground behind them. Spectre horsemen, pale with dust, anonymous in the crenellated heat. Above all else, they appeared wholly at venture, primal, provisional, devoid of order.”

nofutureparttwo “Like beings provoked out of the absolute rock and set nameless and at no remove from their own loomings to wander ravenous and doomed and mute as gorgons shambling the brutal wastes of Gondwanaland in a time before nomenclature was and each was all.” 3y
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plemmdog
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Hanging in the hometown of McCarthy this weekend for the Big Ears Music Festival.

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nofutureparttwo

“And so these parties divided upon that midnight plain, each passing back the way the other had come, pursuing as all travelers must inversions without end upon other men‘s journeys.”

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nofutureparttwo

“For this will to deceive that is in things luminous may manifest itself likewise in retrospect and so by sleight of some fixed part of a journey already accomplished may also post men to fraudulent destinies.”

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nofutureparttwo

“The judge smiled.
Books lie, he said.
God dont lie.
No, said the judge. He does not. And these are his words.
He held up a chunk of rock.
He speaks in stones and trees, the bones of things.“

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nofutureparttwo

“Far out on the desert to the north dustspouts rose wobbling and augured the earth and some said they‘d heard of pilgrims borne aloft like dervishes in those mindless coils to be dropped broken and bleeding upon the desert again and there perhaps to watch the thing that had destroyed them lurch onward like some drunken djinn and resolve itself once more into the elements from which it sprang.“

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nofutureparttwo

“[He] cried out what it seemed he himself would not hear, a howl of such outrage as to stitch a caesura in the pulsebeat of the world. But the kid only spat into the darkness of the space between them. I know your kind, he said. What‘s wrong with you is wrong all the way through you.”

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nofutureparttwo

“Words are things. The words he is in possession of he cannot he deprived of. Their authority transcends his ignorance of their meaning.”

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nofutureparttwo

“[T]hey rode out of that vanished sea like burnt phantoms [...] and there began to appear above them in the dawn-broached sky a hellish likeness of their ranks rising huge and inverted [...] the howling antiwarriors pendant from their mounts immense and chimeric and the high wild cries carrying that flat and barren pan like the cries of souls broke through some misweave in the weft of things into the world below.”
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If Faulkner wrote Revelations

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Geeklet
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1) Cormac McCarthy
2) Blood Meridian. Or The Road. Or Blindness. It depends on the day.
3) The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisen
4) Sci-fi, horror, dystopia, science nonfiction, history, space stuff, true crime
5) Romance, historical fiction. Basically any story about normal stuff.

#ravenclaw_princess913 @RavenclawPrincess913

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tessavi
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Another 2-for-1 sale? Don't mind if I do!
#audiblesale

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nofutureparttwo

This is scratching some type of itch for me, goddamn.

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nicole1995
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"The man who believes that the secrets of the world are forever hidden lives in mystery and fear. Superstition will drag him down. The rain will erode the deeds of his life. But that man who sets himself the task of singling out the thread of order from the tapestry will by the decision alone have taken charge of the world and it is only by such taking charge that he will effect a way to dictate the terms of his own fate."

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Geeklet
Pickpick

I am such a fan of McCarthy‘s writing style. His use of language is stunning. I love his imagery. That being said, this book is a fighter. I constantly had to reread entire pages. The story is secondary to his use of language to me. The sparse dialogue may be a turn off for some people but I‘ve always enjoyed it in his works. I‘ll reread this one again soon because I know I missed a ton of symbolism.

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ClairesReads
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Pickpick

Blood Meridian is a relentless, bleak, blood-soaked novel. It is also one of the most beautiful novels I‘ve ever read. Not a read for the faint hearted, McCarthy commands a lot of his reader here. Both content and style mean that this is not easy reading, but as always McCarthy is the master and I am in awe. #indiebuddyreads

MaGoose I read this book about 15 or so years ago. I totally agree with your assessment. McCarthy grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. His writing is poetic, powerful and compelling while the subject matter can be bloody and awfully difficult. There's skewered babies at one point if I remember correctly. I absolutely loved it and disliked it at the same time if that makes sense. 4y
AmyG Some book stick with you. I can actually remember where I was when I read this. Yes @MaGoose I loved it an d disliked it, too. Excellent read. 4y
ClairesReads @AmyG @MaGoose absolutely. This is a book to love and be utterly disturbed by at the same time 4y
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Expandingbookshelf
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“The man who believes that the secrets of the world are forever hidden lives in mystery and fear. Superstition will drag him down. The rain will erode the deeds of his life. But the man who sets himself the task of singling out the thread of order from the tapestry will by the decision alone have taken charge of the world and it is only by taking charge that he will effect a way to dictate the terms of his own fate.”

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Redheadrambles
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#novemberreads #novemberwrapup

Multiple 5⭐️ reads this month - Blood Meridian, Born a Crime and Wind in the Willows ( yes that is quite a range ! ). Two very interesting debut novels as well.

23/24 on #readharder2018 - nearly done ✅

Redwritinghood Well done! 4y
Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood thanks - it was a solid month 4y
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ClairesReads
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Better late than never #indiebuddyreads also, #readharder2018 a western

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Redheadrambles
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is the most violent book I have ever read.
It is a relentless, cruel, blood-soaked novel that I think is near impossible to describe. Probably the bleakest Western ever written but it is also one that transcends the genre into something Harold Bloom describes as - the major aesthetic achievement of any living American writer and I really can‘t disagree.
The language alone is astonishing. Tough going but worth it.

MrsMalaprop My husband loved this too. Ive not read it though; think it‘d be too much for me 😩. 4y
Redheadrambles @MrsMalaprop it is ALOT but doable in small doses I think but you do need a high violence tolerance! 4y
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intothehallofbooks I love Cormac McCarthy. Great review!!! 4y
Becker The writing is astonishingly good. That book will cast a spell over you. So happy to hear when other people have read and appreciated it. 4y
Smrloomis I read The Road and then All the Pretty Horses. The first scared the poop out of me and the second was so bleak I had to give up reading his trilogy as I‘d planned. Glad to hear what you thought because I doubt I‘m ever getting around to this one! 4y
DGRachel I love Cormac McCarthy! This one is still TBR for me, but I love his work. 4y
AceOnRoam Great review! 4y
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Geeklet
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I get that Judge Holden is possibly Satan but damned if the man isn‘t really quotable.

Readergrrl I have this book and have wanted to read it for so long now! I just never know if I‘m ready for full on McCarthy!! Loved The Road and All the Pretty Horses, but I‘ve been told I‘ll really need the time to devote to thoughtful reading for this one and I‘m always so rushed lately!! 4y
Geeklet @Readergrrl It‘s definitely a challenging book. It‘s almost like it fights you back as you read it. I‘ve been working on it for maybe six hours and I‘ve only gotten through 280 pages. It‘s an intoxicating book though. The prose just haunts you. The Road has been my favorite book for years but Blood Meridian might overtake it. 4y
Readergrrl I think, @geeklet, that you may have just convinced me to pick my next #LMPBC book! 4y
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Geeklet

This book is definitely a challenging read but it‘s a very rewarding one. I expect I‘ll have to read it a few times before I have fully absorbed the story.

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Geeklet
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The opening sentence of chapter two of Blood Meridian is referenced in a Florence + the Machine song I love called “Between Two Lungs”. I love finding little connections like this. It makes me feel like I have discovered a precious little secret.

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Geeklet
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A little Saturday #bookhaul from B&N. Figured it was time to read some more McCarthy since I never shut the hell up about The Road. Adrift caught my eye too. I really should have saved my money because I‘m going to Blizzcon next week but I live life in the fast lane.

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smccallum
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Pickpick

So I realised I left a look of books I‘ve been reading without reviews. This book is incredible and really rather horrific. I was left feeling shocked and really uncomfortable when I finished it. I don‘t think it reads as easily as the other McCarthy I‘ve read but the pay off is huge if you have the stomach for it!

Bklover I haven‘t read any of his books- they all seem to be very dark!! 4y
Readaholics Yep it‘s gnarly as hell. Lol my guy friends we‘re loving it a few years ago when No Country For Old Men became a movie. 4y
smccallum @Bklover they aren‘t really happy but McCarthy lite is like ‘All The Pretty Horses‘ which is a great place to start if you are unsure ☺️ 4y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I just tried my first - The Road - so Im ready to go again! 4y
MStew Stacked! 4y
smccallum @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I‘ve heard ‘The Road‘ belongs to the other part of his work so I‘m really excited to give that a go soon hopefully! 4y
smccallum @meghan2714 Look forward to hearing what you thought ☺️ 4y
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KatieanneF
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Bailedbailed

I HATE to bail on this one because I KNOW is spectacularly written. The plot just didn‘t hold my interest. There is no doubt that McCarthy is a brilliant author who can make you feel everything he‘s conveying...but this western type storyline just wasn‘t for me. #guiltybail

DGRachel Not every book is a good fit for every person, no matter how well-written. #noguilt! 4y
KatieanneF @DGRachel haha thank you!! You‘re right!! 4y
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KatieanneF
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Only a tiny way into this prosaic, albeit rather violent novel. His style is just terrific. He has a gift for making your heart connect to the emotions he describes. Interested to see where this is all heading. #cormacmccarthy #bloodmeridian

Graywacke Prosaic and violent to extremes. Enjoy! 4y
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