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Greatest Post-War American Novel

Post by BWV 1080 » Thu Jul 28, 2005 11:14 am

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy?

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Critics have compared Cormac McCarthy's nightmarish yet beautifully written adventure masterpiece, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West, with the best works of Dante, Poe, De Sade, Melville, Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and William Styron. The critic Harold Bloom, among others, has declared it one of the greatest novels of the Twentieth Century, and perhaps the greatest by a living American writer. Critics cite its magnificent language, its uncompromising representation of a crucial period of American history, and its unapologetic, bleak vision of the inevitability of suffering and violence.
http://www.cormacmccarthy.com/works/bloodmeridian.htm

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Post by jbuck919 » Thu Jul 28, 2005 7:38 pm

Critics have compared Cormac McCarthy's nightmarish yet beautifully written adventure masterpiece, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West, with the best works of Dante, Poe, De Sade, Melville, Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and William Styron.
That is a little like comparing [name your presidential act] with the greatest accomplishments of Lincoln, Francois Mitterand, and Warren G. Harding.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Thu Jul 28, 2005 11:15 pm

blurb writer wrote: Dante, Poe, De Sade, Melville, Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and William Styron.
Somehow I can't imagine Dante being menitioned in the same breath with the rest of those scribblers, much less Cormac McCarthy, unless the Dante in question is a linebacker and the rest are teammates.
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Re: Greatest Post-War American Novel

Post by BWV 1080 » Fri Jul 29, 2005 9:27 am

Corlyss_D wrote:
blurb writer wrote: Dante, Poe, De Sade, Melville, Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and William Styron.
Somehow I can't imagine Dante being menitioned in the same breath with the rest of those scribblers, much less Cormac McCarthy, unless the Dante in question is a linebacker and the rest are teammates.
So Melville and Faulkner are not in the same league with Dante? I wonder who would be then.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:07 am

BWV 1080 wrote:
Corlyss_D wrote:
blurb writer wrote: Dante, Poe, De Sade, Melville, Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and William Styron.
Somehow I can't imagine Dante being menitioned in the same breath with the rest of those scribblers, much less Cormac McCarthy, unless the Dante in question is a linebacker and the rest are teammates.
So Melville and Faulkner are not in the same league with Dante? I wonder who would be then.
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

You're kidding right?
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Re: Greatest Post-War American Novel

Post by BWV 1080 » Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:08 am

Corlyss_D wrote:
BWV 1080 wrote:
Corlyss_D wrote:
blurb writer wrote: Dante, Poe, De Sade, Melville, Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and William Styron.
Somehow I can't imagine Dante being menitioned in the same breath with the rest of those scribblers, much less Cormac McCarthy, unless the Dante in question is a linebacker and the rest are teammates.
So Melville and Faulkner are not in the same league with Dante? I wonder who would be then.
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

You're kidding right?
No, unless you also think Perotin or Machaut are superior to Mozart or Beethoven

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Post by Corlyss_D » Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:10 am

BWV 1080 wrote:
Corlyss_D wrote:
BWV 1080 wrote:
Corlyss_D wrote:
blurb writer wrote: Dante, Poe, De Sade, Melville, Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and William Styron.
Somehow I can't imagine Dante being menitioned in the same breath with the rest of those scribblers, much less Cormac McCarthy, unless the Dante in question is a linebacker and the rest are teammates.
So Melville and Faulkner are not in the same league with Dante? I wonder who would be then.
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

You're kidding right?
No,
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Yes you are. You're pullin' our collective chains here.
unless you also think Perotin or Machaut are superior to Mozart or Beethoven
Not Mozart, but certainly Beethoven.
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Re: Greatest Post-War American Novel

Post by Ralph » Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:44 am

BWV 1080 wrote:
Corlyss_D wrote:
blurb writer wrote: Dante, Poe, De Sade, Melville, Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and William Styron.
Somehow I can't imagine Dante being menitioned in the same breath with the rest of those scribblers, much less Cormac McCarthy, unless the Dante in question is a linebacker and the rest are teammates.
So Melville and Faulkner are not in the same league with Dante? I wonder who would be then.
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Post by Corlyss_D » Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:50 am

Ralph wrote:For Corlyss the leading contender would certainly be Danielle Steele.
Eeeeyyyyyyeeeeewwwwww! Yuck! Get it away from me.
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Re: Greatest Post-War American Novel

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Corlyss_D wrote:
Ralph wrote:For Corlyss the leading contender would certainly be Danielle Steele.
Eeeeyyyyyyeeeeewwwwww! Yuck! Get it away from me.
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Post by BWV 1080 » Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:54 am

John Grisham or Dan Brown perhaps?

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Post by Ralph » Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:56 am

BWV 1080 wrote:John Grisham or Dan Brown perhaps?
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