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Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West

by Cormac McCarthy

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.

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Categories: Literature & Fiction

Reading time: 910 hours


Jocko Willink
Author and Former Navy SEAL

This is his best book. And I was an English major in college so I was forced to read all kinds of books. What I find so gripping about it is I talked earlier about the darkness of the world. This is an historical novel based on the group called the Glanton Gang that were killing Indians and they ended up killing everybody. If you had black hair, your scalp was going to be taken.