Saturday, December 7, 2013

Fourteen top stories about wrath

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Alexandra Silverman tagged fourteen entries on her reading list of wrathful stories, including:
Blood Meridian or The Evening Redness in the West, by Cormac McCarthy

Shocking, sparkling violence—profane, mundane, and profound—pulls McCarthy’s story from one bloody sunset to the next—but the judge’s exalted wrath transcends scalpings and beatings, glues the novel together, and is almost cosmically powerful.
Read about the other entries on the list. 

Blood Meridian is one authority's pick for the Great Texas novel; it is among James Franco's six favorite books, Philipp Meyer's five best books that explain America, Peter Murphy's top ten literary preachers, David Vann's six favorite books, Robert Olmstead's six favorite books, Michael Crummey's top ten literary feuds, Philip Connors's top ten wilderness books, six books that made a difference to Kazuo Ishiguro, Clive Sinclair's top 10 westerns, Maile Meloy's six best books, and David Foster Wallace's five direly underappreciated post-1960 U.S. novels. It appears on the New York Times list of the best American fiction of the last 25 years and among the top ten works of literature according to Stephen King.

--Marshal Zeringue