12-21-2003, 12:25 AM
Child of God is a great southern gothic, and Blood Meiridian is the most violent thing ever written. Meridian could make Edward Lee hide under his bed (no to mention grab a thesarus)
12-21-2003, 11:33 AM
I'm rereading Blood Meridian right now. It's fantastic and very gruesome. Never read any of McCarthy's other stuff... but I'd like to.
Here's a sample:
"Five wagons smoldered on the desrt floor and the riders dismounted and moved among the bodies of the dead argonauts in silence, those right pilgrims nameless among the stones with their terrible wounds, the visceera spilled from their sides and the naked torsos bristling with arrowshafts. Some by their beards were men but yet wore strange menstrual wounds between their legs and no man's parts for these had been cut away and hung dark and strange from out their grinning mouths. In their wigs of dried blood they lay gazing up with ape's eyes at brother sun now rising in the east.
"The wagons were no more than embers armatured with the blackened shapes of hoop-iron and tires, the redhot axles quaking deep within the coals. The riders squatted at the fires and boiled water and drank coffee and roasted meat and lay down to sleep among the dead."