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Old 03-29-10, 11:19 AM
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Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy and why Nicholas Sparks is an idiot.

So I just finished Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. I searched for a discussion thread but couldn't find one. Several mentions of the book in various threads, etc. but nothing discussing the book itself. I've read (in order) The Road, No Country for Old Men, All the Pretty Horses, & The Crossing. I've enjoyed them all but The Road & BM have had the biggest impact.

I'm curious as to people's interpretation of the final chapter.
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My initial interpretation was that The Judge sodomized or did something to The Kid/The Man inside the jakes beyond just outright killing him. I do think The Kid/The Man died, likely in a struggle as it wouldn't be in his nature to acquiesce. When I searched online it seems that people are largely split, with most just feeling the kid met some horrible death.

Thoughts on the ending or the book in general? Where does it rank for you amongst his other works that you've read?




And finally, as for Nicholas Sparks. While I was digging around for articles on Blood Meridian, etc. I came across this recent interview from the self-ascribed "Hemingway incarnate".

http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/...terstitialskip

Cormac McCarthy? "Horrible," he says, looking at Blood Meridian. "This is probably the most pulpy, overwrought, melodramatic cowboy vs. Indians story ever written."
Even hearing a passage about a sunset in which "the mountains in their blue islands stood footless in the void like floating temples" doesn't sway him.

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Any he thinks are overrated?
"I don't like to say bad things about others."
Except McCarthy? "He deserves it," Spark says with a laugh.
Asked what he likes in his own genre, Sparks replies: "There are no authors in my genre. No one is doing what I do."


Here's a follow-up that was done, as well.

http://www.movieline.com/2010/03/a-c...las-sparks.php

In a recent USA Today piece about you, you had strong words for Cormac McCarthy.
That was a small snippet of a very long conversation. I was actually surprised he put that in. What would be your question? Look ó The Crossing Guard? His early work? Very strong. [EDIT: WTF is he talking about? The Crossing, I assume?]

What did you think of The Road?
Iíll be honest, I like his earlier work. You know what? I get that too. A lot of people say, ďI like The Notebook.Ē That was my first book! Iíve done 15 things since then! Thatís very common. I think itís intrinsic to anyone whoís an author. They can have a certain number of books and they can like one more than another.
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Re: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy and why Nicholas Sparks is an idiot.

Well, Nicholas Sparks sure sounds like a dick.
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Re: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy and why Nicholas Sparks is an idiot.

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Asked what he likes in his own genre, Sparks replies: "There are no authors in my genre. No one is doing what I do."
What about Harlequin?

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Re: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy and why Nicholas Sparks is an idiot.

Don't insult Harlequin authors.
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Re: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy and why Nicholas Sparks is an idiot.

Originally Posted by Nefarious
I'm curious as to people's interpretation of the final chapter.
I really need to read it again, as it has been over ten years since I last did, so the details obviously aren't fresh in my mind. I never got the sense that things went down the way you think they did, however.
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Re: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy and why Nicholas Sparks is an idiot.

I've heard a lot of smart people say similar things about McCarthy, so Sparks isn't alone. I really need to read him one of these days.

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