RE: RARA-AVIS: "Blood Meridian" by Cormac McCarthy

From: Ron Clinton (
Date: 13 Jul 2009

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    THE ROAD is my favorite novel, bar none -- unseating THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE which had held that title for years. I also enjoyed NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN a great deal. I've tried twice now, however, to read BLOOD MERIDIAN, and have yet to get farther than the first third of the book. I plan to try one last time sometime down the road, and hope I'll have better luck. Similarities between BLOOD and the BORDER TRILOGY has kept me from trying the latter, so if my third try at BLOOD is successful, I'll give that one a shot as well. Yet I can't criticize McCarthy's style because any writer that can compose the stunning work of art that is THE ROAD surely is doing something stylistically right. Perhaps his later work is accessible in a way his others are not, for reasons that have less to do with style and more to do with...well, something else (though I've no idea what). I wish I was more versed in McCarthy's work to say. Perhaps someday I will be.

    Ron C.

    > -----Original Message-----
    > From:
    > [] On Behalf Of Brian Thornton
    > Let me just get in line to be flamed alongside you, James. I
    > agree with your broader comments regarding McCarthy's style,
    > and the pretentiousness of his writing.
    > Brian

    > On Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 8:33 AM, James Michael Rogers
    > <>wrote:
    > >
    > >
    > > I was waiting for this to come up with some trepidation because I
    > > found McCarthy to be very poor stylist.

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