I read Blood Meridian recently and was utterly blown away. The
endless abundance of vivid natural imagery couched in the most erudite
language is only equaled by by the casual articulation of the most extreme
violence imaginable. McCarthy's novel rises as far above "western" genre as
Le Carre's work transcends "spy" novels. Both are great masters in any
arena. I can't understand why it took me so long to discover him.
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> Best quote from the best "gothic western" ever:
> "The truth about the world, he said, is that anything is possible. Had
> you not seen it all from birth and thereby bled it of its strangeness
> it would appear to you for what it is, a hat trick in a medicine show,
> a fevered dream, a trance bepopulate with chimeras having neither
> analogue nor precedent, an itinerant carnival, a migratory tentshow
> whose ultimate destination after many a pitch in many a mudded field
> is unspeakable and calamitous beyond reckoning.
> The universe is no narrow thing and the order within it is not
> constrained by any latitude in its conception to repeat what exists in
> one part in any other part. Even in this world more things exist
> without our knowledge than with it and the order in creation which you
> see is that which you have put there, like a string in a maze, so that
> you shall not lose your way. For existence has its own order and that
> no man's mind can compass, that mind itself being but a fact among
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