Blood Meridian Or the Evening Redness in the West
By James Calemine
...A classic volume of southern literature...
Blood Meridian Or the Evening Redness in the West ranks as one of Cormac McCarthy's most violent, savage and philosophical novels. This story takes place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s. These characters ride across the desert like a gang of Old Testament marauders.
Blood Meridian echoes Sam Peckinpah's murderous films such as Ride The High Country, Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia, The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs with a venemous riddle of violence. The main characters of this McCarthy novel, The Kid (a 14-year old Tennessean) and The Judge (perhaps Lucifer himself), propel this novel's ruthless balance between the mysterious tightrope between good and evil. Vivid pictures of grimness erupt on every page of this hypnotic book.
This mean, merciless story forces the reader to understand the deadly nature of how all territories are established. Every sentence in this book should be examined with wonder. Cormac McCarthy's writing can only be contested by William Faulkner or Flannery O'Connor. Blood Meridian endures time as one mean piece of art...