Staff Recommendation: Blood Meridian

Set in Mexico and the American Southwest in the 1850s, Blood Meridian┬áis loosely based on the infamous Glanton Gang, a troop of mercenaries who were hired to hunt down Apaches but later had a bounty placed on them for their brutality. At the center of the novel are two figures, The Kid, a nameless drifter who joins and defects from the gang, and Judge Holden, one of the leaders of the gang who turns out to be a malevolent force of nature. McCarthy’s incredible writing is lush and rich, especially in his depictions of the natural landscape, but he contrasts this with brutal, violent imagery, in the process stripping down the mythic notions of the American West.

Blood Meridian

by Cormac McCarthy

813 M4595b 2010

Recommended by Mike Sgier, Visual Resources Assistant
Recommended by Mike Sgier,
Visual Resources Assistant

 

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