Study Guide

Blood Meridian Tough-o-Meter

By Cormac McCarthy


(8) Snow Line

This book is just about as dense as books can get. And it's not like McCarthy gives you any chance to take a breather. Every sentence is packed so full with symbolism that it can be hard to keep up.

On top of that, the world of this book sometimes feels like a dream world with characters appearing and disappearing out of nowhere and towns having streets and buildings that make no sense. There's a real funhouse quality to all of it, and we honestly don't blame you for feeling daunted. That said, if you take a moment to focus on any one of McCarthy's sentences, we're confident you'll see just how incredible and beautiful his writing really is.

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