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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
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"The men as they rode turned black in the sun from the blood on their clothes and their faces and then paled slowly in the rising dust until they assumed once more the color of the land through which they passed." If what we call "horror" can be seen as including any literature that has dark, horrific subject matter, then Blood Meridian is, in this reviewer's estimation, the best horror novel ever written. It's a perverse, picaresque Western about bounty hunters for Indian scalps near the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s--a ragged caravan of indiscriminate killers led by an unforgettable human monster called "The Judge." Imagine the imagery of Sam Peckinpah and Heironymus Bosch as written by William Faulkner, and you'll have just an inkling of this novel's power. From the opening scenes about a 14-year-old Tennessee boy who joins the band of hunters to the extraordinary, mythic ending, this is an American classic about extreme violence.From the Inside Flap:
"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."
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Book Description Picador, london, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Ist British Edition. Near fine and appears unread in a near fine unclipped dust jacket. Jacket with just a tiny bit of wear to the top of the spine. Seller Inventory # 003689
Book Description Random House Inc. New York, 1985. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Hardcover, 337 pages. Red cloth spine and red paper over boards. Gold lettering on the spine. DJ is dark red with red lettering, illustration of covered wagon receding on the cover. Original price of $17.95 on the front flap. DJ is in quite good condition, but not perfect; there is a chip at the top of the rear spine and a bump at the top rear corner. No date on title page. Copyright page dated 1985. Stated first edition with number line 24689753. Binding crisp and tight. Pages clean and unmarked and square. There is a red stripe on the top foreedge, likely a remainder mark. This is McCarthy's fifth book and it is considered by many to be his best. Seller Inventory # Fred-W929
Book Description Random House, New York, 1985. Hard Back. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Salvador Dali - Jacket Painting The Phantom Cart (illustrator). First Edition Stated. 337 Pages. Light red boards with red cloth quarter-spine with gold lettering. There is a little uneveness with the spine. Stated first edition with number line 24689753. There is a light red stripe on the top fore-edge, likely a remainder mark. The dust jacket with a flap price $17.95 is unclipped and shows some wear at the edges. Interior text pages have the feel of a new unopened book. Certain events that took place in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico in 1849 and 1850 provide the framework of Cormac McCarthy's fifth book. Blood Meridian can thus be called a historical novel, but it will never be referred to as a Romance of the Old West. The central character, The kid, not named, is introduced at age fourteen in Tennessee: He can neither read nor write and in him broods already a taste for mindless violence. Two years of wandering bring him, just after the war with Mexico, to East Texas, where he joins up with a demented ex-officer of the American army who leads a group of desperadoes across the border to plunder Mexico. When Comanches attack them, one of the few to escape is the kid, who soon finds himself in jail in Chihuahua. Here he is a perfect recruit for a heavily armed gang hired by Govemor Trias of Chihuahua to find and kill Apaches of any age or sex and bring back the scalps on which their contract pay is based. This sinister force is led by John Glanton, a brutal and dedicated man, and a diabolical hairless giant called Judge Holden, who in spite of, or is it perhaps partly because of his broad erudition, science, art, languages, history, philosophy, is no less remorseless than his partner, whom he to some extent controls. These two and a number of their followers, including the ex-priest Tobin, actually existed, and various accounts of their exploits can be found in chronicles of the period, but what is important is that the bare historical facts have been transmuted by the author's imagination into something rich and strange. He follows the westward progress of this ruthless band, who are hunted as well as hunters, through vividly portrayed Dantesque landscapes that are both glorious and ominous. These men seem to be an embodiment of human evil, and as they drive toward their own destiny, they determine the fate of many who happen to be in their path. Few survive the massacre at Yuma Crossing on April 23, 1850, but Judge Holden and the kid are preserved for further confrontations, of which the final one takes place in 1878 in a brothel at Fort Griffin, Texas. Size: 6" x 8 1/2". Seller Inventory # 19645
Book Description Random House Inc, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A., 1985. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Very light rubbing to jacket, with no tears. Remainder mark to top page edges. Seller Inventory # 046822
Book Description Random House, 1985. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. vg+/vg first US print/edition hardcover in mylar protected dust jacket. Really a nice copy of this American classic; no marks, not remaindered, not exlib, not book club, $17.95 dj price intact, first edition stated with number line down to 2 (meets publisher's first edition id criteria). Very minor soiling to page exteriors, and minor wear to dj edges, most noticeable on spine ends and 2 small closed tears; one on top rear of dj about a quarter inch long and one on top of front again about a quarter inch long. overall an unusually nice copy of this book. fiction hardcover. Seller Inventory # 2222
Book Description Random House, 1985. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Hardcover with DJ. Red cloth spine with red paper over boards. Gold lettering on the spine. DJ dark red with illustration on the front (by Salvador Dali), red lettering. Very good condition, now protected with mylar cover. Original DJ price of $17.95. No date on the title page. Copyright page dated 1985. Stated first edition, number line 24689753. 337 pages. Top foreedge has some speckling from 30+ years on the shelf, otherwise both book and DJ in very good condition (half inch closed tear to top edge of rear cover of DJ). Tri-fold legal sheet with "News from Random House" included, tucked inside the front cover, with synopsis of the book and blurb from Publisher's Weekly, and announcing publication date for March 11, 1985. Another sheet also tucked in with book details, perhaps from a publisher's catalogue. Please email with questions or to request photos. Seller Inventory # T-94
Book Description NY: Random House, 1985. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First printing. Fine (appears unread, no remainder or other marks or foxing, no bumping -- only a barely discernible spot where a dealer's penciled price was erased on the front free endpaper) in a very near fine dust jacket with only a hint of wear in a couple of spots. Dust jacket in protective cover. Seller Inventory # 9932
Book Description Random House, 1985. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. First Edition (first printing). The fifth novel by the author of ALL THE PRETTY HORSES and THE ROAD, a story of "the kid" that takes place along the United States/Mexico border in 1849-1850. Voted runner-up in a 2006 New York Times poll for the best fiction book in the previous 25 years. Fine/Fine but for incidental toning to the dust jacket flaps and some light scratching to the rear dust jacket panel. Seller Inventory # 17458
Book Description Random House, New York, 1985. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First edition stated with 24689753 complete Random House number line. 5 3/4 x 8 1/2 Book; binding tight, mild bumping to top corners and top and bottom edges else boards straight and clean; soil speck to fore edge else text fine, unread. Dust jacket ($17.95) has few faint impressions with mild rubbing and small paper loss to top flap fold ends, two 1/4" closed tears to top front flap fold end. Color bright and sharp. Under archival quality mylar cover. Photos upon request. Packed well and shipped in a sturdy box. Seller Inventory # 022017AC
Book Description Random House, Inc. New York, 1985. Cloth. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. The book is in near fine condition. Dust jacket is in near fine condition. Minimal shelfwear to the edges of the dustjacket, with a 1/4 inch closed tear on the lower right edge of the front panel of the jacket. The spine of the jacket is a bit sunned, but it is not price-clipped and in otherwise bright condition. The binding is tight. The edges and corners on the boards are sharp, the pageblock is square and interior clean and free of markings. Stated first edition, with publication line 24689753. Seller Inventory # 021464