Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, 1985

Mexican borderline, 1849-1850. A group of scalp hunters among which ‘The Kid’.

I didn’t enjoy this book. The lack of plot makes it difficult to get interested. The reader has no access to the character’s consciousness or feelings. Violence seems to be omnipresent and gratuitous. The text is an endless list of tortures and slaughters.

However some characters are intriguing, especially the Judge and the ex priest. They both appear to be engaged in a metaphysical/ theological discussion all along the novel. The ex priest asks continuously to the Kid to settle that discussion, amongst other reasons.

The end of the novel is engaging with the uncertainty around the Kid’s death and the last image : the Judge dancing naked in a saloon.


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