Blood Meridian

Blood Meridian

Or, The Evening Redness in the West

Book - 1992
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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 "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 fourteen-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into the nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving.

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Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1992, c1985.
Edition: First Vintage International edition
ISBN: 9780679728757
Branch Call Number: MCCARTHY
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 21 cm.


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Jun 08, 2018

If you are squeamish, I do not recommend this book.

Blood Meridian, in the brief, is the ultraviolent admixture of the 1991 comedy film City Slickers with the Book of Judges. If one conjures a covenant with the LORD in the time of Manifest Destiny, be prepared to take the Canaanites without reservation, nor compunction nor remonstrance, for to do otherwise is idolatry and abjures divine provenance and the will of the LORD. For you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God...


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