Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West Book Summary and Study Guide

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

In the 1840's a governor offered $50 per native american scalp. Groups of bandits formed, riding throught the west, murdering and scalping native americans. Into this world comes the protagonist, known only as "the kid". The kid is a fourteen year old boy who has run away from his father, and set off on his own. He joins the gang, but it is clear that he doesn't fit in with them. He has a quality which the other members of the gang lack: mercy. This captures the attention of the leader, "the judge". The Judge is a ruthless, merciless man who kills for sport. As the judge begins to take more notice of the kid they embark on a hunt from which only one of them will escape alive.
Click here to see the rest of this review

The review of this Book prepared by fran laniado

Cormac McCarthy's novel, Blood Meridian, examines the hellish world of America in the 1800s. Following the journeys of "the kid," a nameless fourteen-year-old to his adulthood, McCarthy describes the strange world of Indian scalp bounty expeditions, led by the mysterious Judge--strangely skillful at dancing and languages, but also a compulsive child molester and killer. The journey into the West is frighteningly violent, where the lines of morality and the lines of America's boundaries are drawn in blood.
The review of this Book prepared by Angela Allan

Chapter Analysis of Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

Click on a plot link to find similar books!

Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 45%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 15%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad Time/era of story:    -   american wild west Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Western    -   Yes Story primarily about    -   fighting Injuns

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   bounty hunter Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Mexico Desert?    -   Yes Desert:    -   dying of thirst, sunburn    -   funny heat-delusions

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   diced    -   decapitated    -   perforation--swords/knives    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog    -   little dialog

Books with storylines, themes & endings like Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

Cormac McCarthy Books Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
2 Ways to Search!

Our Chief Librarian