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What are you reading?

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Onrack » Thu May 18, 2017 6:49 pm

Trying to slog my way through Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian. Honestly, so far I'm not seeing the magic that's meant to turn this into more than a turgid nihilistic trudge through a cartoonishly fucked up Old West. He mostly just strings a bunch of basic actions together without punctuation. The characters have no inner lives, clearly on purpose, but then why should I follow these cardboard cut-outs through a wasteland as they try to papercut each other to death? So far seems the book could have just been 10 pages of scenery and scalping and the reader would get everything he needs out of it.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby silentmajority » Fri May 19, 2017 1:37 pm

Onrack wrote:Trying to slog my way through Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian. Honestly, so far I'm not seeing the magic that's meant to turn this into more than a turgid nihilistic trudge through a cartoonishly fucked up Old West. He mostly just strings a bunch of basic actions together without punctuation. The characters have no inner lives, clearly on purpose, but then why should I follow these cardboard cut-outs through a wasteland as they try to papercut each other to death? So far seems the book could have just been 10 pages of scenery and scalping and the reader would get everything he needs out of it.


I tried reading that book a while ago because it was on the lists of must read books but gave up after a short period of time. The lack of punctuation made the read more difficult than it needed to be in my opinion. I read that he wrote that way because he felt it was a cleaner way of writing, but I often couldn’t tell who was talking if anyone was talking at all. Maybe some people enjoy that style of writing, but like you said it wasn’t that good of a story to begin with. Someday I may listen to the audiobook to get a different perspective, but in the mean time there are too many other good books to read to bother with silly writing ideas.
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