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Blood Meridian

Blood Meridian ebook ISBN: 9780307762528
Publisher: Vintage
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Number of Pages: 368 
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"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." From the Hardcover edition.

Blood Meridian, Or, The Evening Redness in the West

Blood Meridian, Or, The Evening Redness in the West ebook ISBN: 0679728759
Publisher: Vintage
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Number of Pages: 337 
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Based on incidents that took place in the southwestern United States and Mexico around 1850, this novel chronicles the crimes of a band of desperados, with a particular focus on one, "the kid," a boy of fourteen

Blood Meridian, Or, The Evening Redness in the West

Blood Meridian, Or, The Evening Redness in the West ebook ISBN: 0679641041
Publisher: Modern Library (Hardcover)
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Number of Pages: 337 
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Based on incidents that took place in the southwestern United States and Mexico around 1850, this novel chronicles the crimes of a band of desperados, with a particular focus on one outlaw, known as "the Kid," a boy of fourteen. 15,000 first printing.

Blood Meridian

Blood Meridian ebook ISBN: 9780330510943
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Number of Pages: 352 
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Blood Meridian is an epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended Americaâe(tm)s westward expansion, brilliantly subverting 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 a nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving. âe~McCarthyâe(tm)s achievement is to establish a new mythology which is as potent and vivid as that of the movies, yet one which has absolutely the opposite effect . . . He is a great writerâe(tm) Independent âe~I have rarely encountered anything as powerful, as unsettling, or as memorable as Blood Meridian . . . A nightmare odysseyâe(tm) Evening Standard âe~His masterpiece . . .The book reads like a conflation of the Inferno, The Iliad and Moby Dick. I can only declare that Blood Meridian is unlike anything I have read in recent years, and seems to me an extraordinary, breathtaking achievementâe(tm) John Banville

Blood Meridian

Blood Meridian ebook ISBN: 0330474707
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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Blood Meridian is an epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America’s westward expansion, brilliantly subverting 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 a nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving. ‘Cormac McCarthy’s violent lyric masterpiece, Blood Meridian acquires an amoral, apocalyptic dimension through the Miltonic grandeur of the language . . . It is a barbarously poetic odyssey through a hell without purpose’ Irish Times ‘McCarthy’s achievement is to establish a new mythology which is as potent and vivid as that of the movies, yet one which has absolutely the opposite effect . . . He is a great writer’ Independent ‘A bloody and starkly beautiful tale’ Stephen Amidon, Sunday Times

Blood Meridian

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Bogen, der kaldes forfatterens hovedværk. En voldelig western-roman, der foregår omkring 1850 på grænsen mellem Texas og Mexico og følger the Kid fra han som 15-årig skalperer indianere og ca. 30 år frem og hans modstander den forfærdelige Judge Holden - en skurk af shakespearesk format.

Child of God

Child of God ebook ISBN: 9780330510950
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Number of Pages: 185 
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By the author of the critically acclaimed Border Trilogy, "Child of God" is a taut, chilling novel that plumbs the depths of human degradation. Lester Ballard, a violent, solitary and introverted young backwoodsman dispossessed on his ancestral land, is released from jail and allowed to haunt the hill country of East Tennessee, preying on the population with his strange lusts. McCarthy transforms commonplace brushes with humanity - in homesteads, stores and in the woods - into stunning scenes of the comic and the grotesque, and as the story hurtles toward its unforgettable conclusion, depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humour, and characteristic lyrical brilliance. 'Demands its reader's attention from the opening sentence' "Newsweek" 'A reading experience so impressive, so 'new', so clearly well made that it seems almost to defy the easy aesthetic categories . . . Accomplished in rare, spare, precise yet poetic prose' "New Republic " 'His prose, unfailingly beautiful and exact, carries us into a dreamworld of astonishing and violent revelation. It is a frightening, entrancing world, which we must finally recognize as our own' Tobias Wolff 'McCarthy is a powerful and talented writer, able to elicit compassion for his protagonist however terrible his action' "Sunday Times "

Blood Meridian

Blood Meridian ebook ISBN: 9786133804012
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Author: Frederic P. Miller,Agnes F. Vandome,McBrewster John
Number of Pages: 84 
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West, is a 1985 Western novel by American author Cormac McCarthy. It was McCarthy's fifth book and was published by Random House. The narrative follows a teenage runaway referred to only as the kid, with the bulk of the text devoted to his experiences with the Glanton gang, a historical group of scalp hunters who massacred Indians and others on the United StatesMexico borderlands in 1849 and 1850. The role of antagonist is gradually filled by Judge Holden, an extremely large and intelligent man utterly devoted to violence and conflict. Although the novel initially earned lukewarm critical and commercial reception, it has since become widely recognized not only as McCarthy's masterpiece, but also as one of the acclaimed American novels of the 20th century.

The Cambridge Companion to Cormac McCarthy

The Cambridge Companion to Cormac McCarthy ebook ISBN: 1107495814
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Author: Steven Frye
Number of Pages: 223 
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Cormac McCarthy both embodies and redefines the notion of the artist as outsider. His fiction draws on recognizable American themes and employs dense philosophical and theological subtexts, challenging readers by depicting the familiar as inscrutably foreign. The essays in this Companion offer a sophisticated yet concise introduction to McCarthy's difficult and provocative work. The contributors, an international team of McCarthy scholars, analyze some of the most well-known and commonly taught novels - Outer Dark, Blood Meridian, All the Pretty Horses and The Road - while providing detailed treatments of McCarthy's work in cinema, including the many adaptations of his novels to film. Designed for scholars, teachers and general readers, and complete with a chronology and bibliography for further reading, this Companion is an essential reference for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of one of America's most celebrated living novelists.

My Confession

My Confession ebook ISBN: 9780876111567
Publisher: Texas State Historical Assn
Author: Samuel Emery Chamberlain,William H. Goetzmann
Number of Pages: 383 
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Not control his amorous and pugilistic inclinations and so left for the West. According to his "Confession," he seduced countless women in the U.S. and Mexico, never missed a fandango, fought gallantly against Mexican guerrillas, and rode with the 1st Dragoons into the Battle of Buena Vista. His remarkable story is pure melodrama; but Goetzmann has proven by his painstaking research that much of it is true. In extensive annotation, the editor has been able to separate.

Outer Dark

Outer Dark ebook ISBN: 0307762491
Publisher: Vintage
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Number of Pages: 256 
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Outer Dark is a novel at once fabular and starkly evocative, set is an unspecified place in Appalachia, sometime around the turn of the century. A woman bears her brother's child, a boy; he leaves the baby in the woods and tells her he died of natural causes. Discovering her brother's lie, she sets forth alone to find her son. Both brother and sister wander separately through a countryside being scourged by three terrifying and elusive strangers, headlong toward an eerie, apocalyptic resolution.

Suttree

Suttree ebook ISBN: 9780307762474
Publisher: Vintage
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Number of Pages: 480 
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By the author of Blood Meridian and All the Pretty Horses, Suttree is the story of Cornelius Suttree, who has forsaken a life of privilege with his prominent family to live in a dilapidated houseboat on the Tennessee River near Knoxville. Remaining on the margins of the outcast community there--a brilliantly imagined collection of eccentrics, criminals, and squatters--he rises above the physical and human squalor with detachment, humor, and dignity. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Notes on Blood Meridian

Notes on Blood Meridian ebook ISBN: 0292718209
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Author: John Sepich
Number of Pages: 216 
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Blood Meridian (1985), Cormac McCarthy’s epic tale of an otherwise nameless “kid” who in his teens joins a gang of licensed scalp hunters whose marauding adventures take place across Texas, Chihuahua, Sonora, Arizona, and California during 1849 and 1850, is widely considered to be one of the finest novels of the Old West, as well as McCarthy’s greatest work. The New York Times Book Review ranked it third in a 2006 survey of the “best work of American fiction published in the last twenty-five years,” and in 2005 Time chose it as one of the 100 best novels published since 1923. Yet Blood Meridian’s complexity, as well as its sheer bloodiness, makes it difficult for some readers. To guide all its readers and help them appreciate the novel’s wealth of historically verifiable characters, places, and events, John Sepich compiled what has become the classic reference work, Notes on BLOOD MERIDIAN. Tracing many of the nineteenth-century primary sources that McCarthy used, Notes uncovers the historical roots of Blood Meridian. Originally published in 1993, Notes remained in print for only a few years and has become highly sought-after in the rare book market, with used copies selling for hundreds of dollars. In bringing the book back into print to make it more widely available, Sepich has revised and expanded Notes with a new preface and two new essays that explore key themes and issues in the work. This amplified edition of Notes on BLOOD MERIDIAN is the essential guide for all who seek a fuller understanding and appreciation of McCarthy’s finest work.

Cormac McCarthy in Transformacija Žanrov

Cormac McCarthy in Transformacija Žanrov ebook ISBN:
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Author: Kristjan Mavri
Number of Pages: 305 
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In this doctoral thesis, entitled Cormac McCarthy and Genre Transformation, I investigate the relationship between the novels of contemporary American author Cormac McCarthy and literary genre. In investigating this relationship, I attempt to give insight into McCarthy's practice of using genre to articulate and confirm a complex of ideas from different fictional and historical angles. Chapter one proposes a concept of literary genre informed by work done in the field of cognitive linguistics by Eleanor Rosch, George Lakoff and others. Rather than traditional category structure, where categories form discrete entities characterized by a set of attributes shared by all members equally, genres can be described as having a prototype structure. That is, genres are not homogenous; they have more and less representative members and permeable borders. Texts in a genre need not share the same set of attributes, but can be linked by family resemblance. We judge genre membership on the basis of exemplars-texts that best represent the genre as a whole. The incongruence between the expectations based on such typical examples and what we encounter gives rise to prototypicality effects. Furthermore, chapter one applies George Lakoff's explanation for prototype effects, namely, his concept of idealized cognitive models, to generic categorization. Such an understanding of genre, which lays out the ways whereby writers and readers use genre rather than some formal system of logic, is well suited to McCarthy's innovative work in Southern Gothic, Western and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction. Chapter two addresses the features of the Southern Gothic, a genre of American literature set in the U.S. South which typically uses the grotesque, dark humor, character deformity, extreme violence, sacrilege and perversion to say something about the Southern social reality or the human condition more generally. McCarthy's first four novels, The Orchard Keeper, Outer Dark, Child of God and Suttree, are then read in terms of how they are similar to and different from the exemplars of the Southern Gothic, primarily works by Flannery O'Connor, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Carson McCullers. Chapter three looks at the Western tradition in American literature and its ideological engagement with the myth of the West. McCarthy's Westerns, Blood Meridian: or The Evening Redness in the West, All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, Cities of the Plain and No Country for Old Men, are characterized by their mythoclastic treatment of the ideas iv the Western has traditionally articulated, such as American Exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny. At the same time, McCarthy's Western works demonstrate more prominently the author's growing predilection for embodying certain universal ideas, such as the relationship between agency and fate, the existence of a transcendent realm, the role of narrative in human life, the problem of evil, in specific generic and historic contexts. Chapter four analyzes the structure of post-apocalyptic fiction and the ways in which it has allowed generations of writers and readers to project apocalyptic futures based on historically contingent anxieties and fantasies. McCarthy's The Road adds to the existing genre model a singularly bleak representation of natural and social collapse, which the author redeems through an intimate love story between a nameless father and son, whose grim struggle for survival in a dying world becomes a philosophical existential quest for meaning and hope in a hollowed-out world. The concluding chapter synthesizes the findings of the preceding chapters, arguing McCarthy uses generic frameworks in ways that facilitate his, more or less consistent, inquiries into the metaphysical, epistemological, religious and moral mysteries of human existence and creation itself.

Reading the World

Reading the World ebook ISBN: 9781570038242
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
Author: Dianne C. Luce
Number of Pages: 314 
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In Reading the World Dianne C. Luce explores the historical and philosophical contexts of Cormac McCarthy's early works crafted during his Tennessee period from 1959 to 1979 to demonstrate how McCarthy integrates literary realism with the imagery and myths of Platonic, gnostic, and existentialist philosophies to create his unique vision of the world. Luce begins with a substantial treatment of the east Tennessee context from which McCarthy's fiction emerges, sketching an Appalachian culture and environment in flux. Against this backdrop Luce examines, novel by novel, McCarthy's distinctive rendering of character through mixed narrative techniques of flashbacks, shifts in vantage point, and dream sequences. Luce shows how McCarthy's fragmented narration and lyrical style combine to create a rich portrayal of the philosophical and religious elements at play in human consciousness as it confronts a world rife with isolation and violence.

The Pastoral Vision of Cormac McCarthy

The Pastoral Vision of Cormac McCarthy ebook ISBN: 1603446478
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Author: Georg Guillemin
Number of Pages: 181 
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"The study shows that more than any of the other landscapes evoked by McCarthy, the Southwestern desert becomes the stage for his dramatizations of a wild sense of the pastoral. McCarthy's fourth novel, Suttree, which is the only one set in an urban environment, is used in the introductory chapter to discuss the relevant compositional aspects of his fiction and the methodology of the chapters to come." "The main part of the study devotes chapters to McCarthy's Southern novels, his keystone work Blood Meridian, and the Western novels known as the Border Trilogy. The concluding chapter discusses the broader context of American pastoralism and suggests that McCarthy's ecopastoralism is animistic rather than environmentalist in character."--BOOK JACKET.

The American Novel of War

The American Novel of War ebook ISBN: 0786492708
Publisher: McFarland
Author: Wallis R. Sanborn, III
Number of Pages: 242 
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In song, verse, narrative, and dramatic form, war literature has existed for nearly all of recorded history. Accounts of war continue to occupy American bestseller lists and the stacks of American libraries. This innovative work establishes the American novel of war as its own sub-genre within American war literature, creating standards by which such works can be classified and critically and popularly analyzed. Each chapter identifies a defining characteristic, analyzes existing criticism, and explores the characteristic in American war novels of record. Topics include violence, war rhetoric, the death of noncombatants, and terrain as an enemy.

Animals in the Fiction of Cormac McCarthy

Animals in the Fiction of Cormac McCarthy ebook ISBN: 0786423803
Publisher: McFarland
Author: Wallis R. Sanborn, III
Number of Pages: 200 
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"The first chapter here examines animal presentations in The Stonemason, The Gardener's Son and two short stories, "Bounty" and "The Dark Waters." The following eight chapters focus on one text, one type of animal--feline, swine, bovine, bird and bat, canine, equine, lupine, and hound-and one particular thesis"--Provided by publisher.

Exploding the Western

Exploding the Western ebook ISBN: 9781585444229
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Author: Sara L. Spurgeon
Number of Pages: 184 
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The frontier and Western expansionism are so quintessentially a part of American history that the literature of the West and Southwest is in some senses the least regional and the most national literature of all. The frontier—the place where cultures meet and rewrite themselves upon each other’s texts—continues to energize writers whose fiction evokes, destroys, and rebuilds the myth in ways that attract popular audiences and critics alike. Sara L. Spurgeon focuses on three writers whose works not only exemplify the kind of engagement with the theme of the frontier that modern authors make, but also show the range of cultural voices that are present in Southwestern literature: Cormac McCarthy, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Ana Castillo. Her central purposes are to consider how the differing versions of the Western “mythic” tales are being recast in a globalized world and to examine the ways in which they challenge and accommodate increasingly fluid and even dangerous racial, cultural, and international borders. In Spurgeon’s analysis, the spaces in which the works of these three writers collide offer some sharply differentiated visions but also create new and unsuspected forms, providing the most startling insights. Sometimes beautiful, sometimes tragic, the new myths are the expressions of the larger culture from which they spring, both a projection onto a troubled and troubling past and an insistent, prophetic vision of a shared future.

A Companion to American Gothic

A Companion to American Gothic ebook ISBN: 1118608429
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Author: Charles L. Crow
Number of Pages: 616 
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A Companion to American Gothic features a collection of original essays that explore America’s gothic literary tradition. The largest collection of essays in the field of American Gothic Contributions from a wide variety of scholars from around the world The most complete coverage of theory, major authors, popular culture and non-print media available