By Erik Hage

Cormac McCarthy, the writer of such works as Blood Meridian, the entire lovely Horses, No kingdom for outdated males, and the line, is one in all America's maximum dwelling writers--an uncompromising examiner of the depths of human depravity, the character of evil, and the bonds that suffer among males. This spouse is meant for either the student and lay reader looking a entire realizing of McCarthy's physique of labor. Alphabetically ordered entries provide research of novels, characters, motifs, allusions, performs, and subject matters, in addition to observation on occasions, humans and areas relating to McCarthy scholarship. such a lot entries contain a specific bibliography for extra studying. A biographical creation offers info at the lifetime of this reclusive writer, and dialogue subject matters are supplied as an relief for teachers.

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One of them pried out his artificial eye and it was passed among the crowd as a curiosity [p. 237]. In Alfonsa’s rendering, all the ideals and politics that underpin the revolution dissipate into thin air and we are left with nothing but these monstrous acts, which she narrates in a seemingly empirical manner. And she shares with Cole her view of history as an endless, inevitable cycle of violence: “What is constant in history is greed and foolishness and a love of blood and this is a thing that even God — who knows all that can be known — seems powerless to change” (p.

Nevertheless, one motivating force that drives John Grady Cole throughout All the Pretty Horses is his overwhelming and peculiarly obstinate sense of justice — and this ultimately prevents the novel from pitching into outright pessimism. He shares this quality with the Border Trilogy’s other protagonist, Billy Parham of The Crossing (though 26 All the Pretty Horses Billy is a more complex case, and seems a bit more debauched and cynical by the time of Cities of the Plain). When the two unite in the third trilogy book, Cole’s unwavering, stubborn commitment to his own justice compass ultimately leads to his death.

Raids of Mexican ranches and livestock were a cornerstone of subsistence for the Apache and Comanche, and early on in Blood Meridian we encounter a large band of Comanche riding a Mexican plunder trail with “several thousand head” of stolen cattle, horses, and mules (p. 51). McCarthy describes this “legion of horribles, hundreds in number” as decked out in haphazard accoutrements, heterogeneous costumes of plunder that allegorize the confusing multiculturalism and fraught violence of the borderlands: “skins of animals,” “silk finery,” “braided cavalry jackets,” a “stovepipe hat,” “an umbrella,” “a bloodstained weddingveil,” a conquistador’s armor “deeply dented with old blows of mace of sabre [sic] done in another country by men whose very bones were dust” (p.

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