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Blood Meridian (or The Evening Redness in the West) by Cormac McCarthy

 
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Blood Meridian (or The Evening Redness in the West) by Cormac McCarthy
by D Clarke (Staff) - Monday, 13 October 2014, 9:16 AM
 

Blood Meridian is the fifth novel by American author Cormac McCarthy (All the Pretty Horses, The Road, No Country for Old Men).

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 Old 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 14-year-old Tennessean who stumbles into a nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving.

This has to be one of the most shockingly violent and beautifully - if unconventionally - written books I've ever read. The character of the Judge is captivating and terrifying in equal measure, a definite read...