Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses (Vintage, 1992)
[originally posted 19Sep2000]
Funny, here’s the same sentence as above. While I consider Blood Meridian a (vastly) superior novel to All the Pretty Horses…
What set Blood Meridian off from most American novels is its poetic quality. Not just in the language, rhythm, and diction of McCarthy’s voice—all of which are here, just as they are int he other novel—but Blood Meridian was also not afraid to divert for a while and allow the symbolism inherent in the characters, the settings, and the actions to flourish in their own right. All the Pretty Horses is a far more plot-driven novel than Blood Meridian is. It’s shorter, more to the point, and more absorbing. But because of those things, there’s not that sense of immersion, the feeling of total connectedness with the landscape, the pervades every page of Blood Meridian.
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