I'm working my way through Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian; or, The Evening Redness in the West
, and I suspect that his weltanschauung
, at least since Blood Meridian
, is not at all to your liking. He wrote the novel that The Road
is based on (as well as No Country For Old Men
and All the Pretty Horses
; his first produced original screenplay was The Counselor
, which came out last year, starring Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Cruz, with bit parts played by Rosie Perez and Dean Norris [Hank Schrader on Breaking Bad
I'm highly ambivalent, if not out-and-out hostile, to Blood Meridian
: I'm something of a misanthrope, but Blood Meridian
is a bit too misanthropic even for my taste; it's based on the exploits of a real-life band of psychos called the Galton gang, who, in the mid-1800s, hired themselves out as hunters of Apaches to various Mexican towns and states, but massacred and scalped friendly Indians, Mexicans, and even the occasional American they bumped into, to say nothing of not distinguishing between actual warriors and women, children, and old men. The problem is, Blood Meridian
has zero character development and waaaay over the top, faux-biblical prose that continually uses darkness as a motif and constantly harps on how animal-like, specifically ape-like, humans are. (One longs for a quick round of "The Monkey"
I read, and, ultimately liked, Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!
(which had single sentences that were over ten pages long...), so I'm not immune to the dubious pleasures of pontificating, stilted, densely-written prose; but Blood Meridian
is becoming more and more like a parody of McCarthy's style the further into it I read.