I also read “The Road” a while back and though it was good I do not think it is the literary masterpiece many people make it out to be.[/quote]
In my opinion, the only literary masterpiece McCarthy has written is Blood Meridian. Compared to it, The Road is 5th rate. If not for Opera’s endorsement, I doubt The Road would be so praised.
I can’t speak highly enough of Blood Meridian. I first heard about it a number of years ago while watching an interview with literary critic Herold Bloom. He said the following about the novel:
"…if you read your way into the cosmos of the
book, then you are rewarded. You get an extraordinary landscape. You get an extraordinary visionary intensity of personality and character.
You get a great vision, a frightening vision of what is indeed something very deeply embedded in the American spirit, in the American psyche. And the more you read the book, I find, the more you will be
able to read the book.
It is–it’s as close, I think, to being the American prose epic as one can find, more perhaps even than Faulkner, though there are individual books by Faulkner like “As I Lay Dying,” which are perhaps of even higher aesthetic quality and originality than “Blood Meridian.”
But I think you would have to go back to “Moby Dick” for an American epic that fully compares to “Blood Meridian.”
Every time this topic comes up, I say the same thing, but if you haven’t yet, read Blood Meridian – it is one of the best American novels ever written.