Blood Meridian

Blood Meridian Summary

"The fulfilled renown of Moby-Dick and of As I Lay Dying is augmented by Blood Meridian, since Cormac McCarthy is the worthy disciple both of Melville and Faulkner," writes esteemed literary scholar Harold Bloom in his Introduction to the Modern Library edition. "I venture that no other living American novelist, not even Pynchon, has given us a book as strong and memorable."

Cormac McCarthy's masterwork, Blood Meridian, chronicles the brutal world of the Texas-Mexico borderlands in the mid-nineteenth century. Its wounded hero, the teenage Kid, must confront the extraordinary violence of the Glanton gang, a murderous cadre on an official mission to scalp Indians and sell those scalps. Loosely based on fact, the novel represents a genius vision of the historical West, one so fiercely realized that since its initial publication in 1985 the canon of American literature has welcomed Blood Meridian to its shelf.

"A classic American novel of regeneration through violence," declares Michael Herr. "McCarthy can only be compared to our greatest writers."

Book Reviews


Literary5 star

Greatest Author of the 20th Century55


A Masterpiece5 star

The great American novel! To read this, is to have read one of the greatest stories ever told.55


Cormac McCarthy has achieved something EPIC within the pages of this incredible book.2 star

I read recently a quote on McCarthy that sums it up for any skepticism one might have on enjoying an epic gothic western, such as Prime Meridian. “Cormac McCarthy puts other American authors to shame” This is not an opinion in my mind, but a fact true to life. No matter your genre that you tend to fancy, no matter the style that you have clung to as a consumer of fiction... if you are an American in any sense (or just simply an occasional patron of fiction lit when your smart phone hasn’t completely engrossed your attentions) Blood Meridian will change your imaginings of the western front and have you rethinking mankind’s nature and what war brings into this world we live in. His landscape paints a masterpiece within the mind with a vocabulary unlike any other, yet I never felt a skip of comprehension, he is beyond masterful. I highly recommend any work by this author. I enjoy all kinds of reading material and I am definitely a genre fluid kind of girl, but this guy is my hero for giving me something to read that is gritty and at the same time full of meaning and a universal theme at root. Lord, I am done blabbering. Just know if you don’t read this, you are missing something grand!!25


Blood Meridian5 star

Awesome read! Captivating!55


Some paragraphs so beautifully constructed, I had to read them again for pure joy5 star

Best book ever. Cried when I finished it. Haunting and lovely. A page turner and authentic55

Lou Dory

Excruciatingly wonderful5 star

Seldom, if ever, have I read a story that has involved me as much as Blood Meridian. Reading it at night and alone and only a light on the pages was like an out of body experience. I can't imagine how this novel will transfer to the screen when the time comes but I'll keep my fingers crossed.55


Maybe I'm shallow or dullwitted.2 star

But I did not really enjoy this novel. McCarthy seems more interested in showing off his vocabulary than telling a story. When he's not describing the desert or a mountain or a thunderstorm for the fortieth goddamn time, he's trying to shock the reader with over the top, graphic violence and horror. There really doesn't seem to be a point to this novel. I get it. We're evil and doomed and you know lots of pretty big descriptive words.25

Buddy likmin

Get a thesaurus3 star

This is not a quick, easy read. Your vocabulary will be tested.......and your Spanish.35

Roderick Ryan

Blood Meridian5 star

Excellent book, very moving, complex. Cormac McCarthy is brilliant here as in many of his books.55


Shock and awe5 star

Blood Meridian is an astounding book. Violence is so commonplace it leaves one indifferent to it, but marks you. It is by no means an outstanding story, but it is written so well that it is truly a book I have thought much about during and after finishing. I had someone tell me this book would ruin the next book I read after, and it certainly was true in my case.55

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