Monday, August 10, 2009
After finishing Blood Meridian, I can not help but to wonder what motivates McCarthy to use the type of words he does. I am sure that my vocabulary is not as vivid as many, but there were so many words that I had never heard and had to spend time to look up. It just seems almost like he wants you to disect every sentence, like there is really more meaning there than it seams. Sometimes I felt like I was reading a foreign language or trying to decipher the Bible. The very first paragraph is an excellent example of what I am talking about (scullery fire, hewers of wood, drawers of water, he lies in drink). Ok, so hew means to cut, so hewers of wood must be woodcutters (maybe) so why can't he just say woodcutter? I am really ready for class so that this book will make a little more sense to me!