The Road, from Jay Pasch

May 10, 2010 |

 Now here is a good read for keeping a bad trade in the proper perspective– Cormac McCarthy at his best.

With these images in the front of the mind, every living thing looks like the gift of new life, here and now, just look out the window.

Dylan Distasio writes:

If you enjoyed The Road, I would highly recommend you check out McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West. As much as I enjoyed The Road, I feel Blood Meridian is his best work. It is at the top of my list of favorite books.

This is from the author's website:

Critics have compared Cormac McCarthy's nightmarish yet beautifully written adventure masterpiece, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West, with the best works of Dante, Poe, De Sade, Melville, Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and William Styron. The critic Harold Bloom, among others, has declared it one of the greatest novels of the Twentieth Century, and perhaps the greatest by a living American writer. Critics cite its magnificent language, its uncompromising representation of a crucial period of American history, and its unapologetic, bleak vision of the inevitability of suffering and violence.The novel recounts the adventures of a young runaway, the kid, who stumbles into the company of the Glanton Gang, outlaws and scalp-hunters who cleared Indians from the Texas-Mexico borderlands during the late 1840's under contract to territorial governors. Reinvisioning the ideology of manifest destiny upon which the American dream was founded, Blood Meridian depicts the borderland between knowledge and power, between progress and dehumanization, between history and myth and, most importantly, between physical violence and the violence of language.


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