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War at its Worst: The Ultimate Practioner


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I probably need to read Blood Meridian. It was pretty demoralizing reading my last two Cormac novels, though. He’s not very uplifting and this one seems more depressing than any of them.

Also, I ultimately agree that the judge is not a “war is war”-ior. He doesn’t fight for a purpose. However, a lot of “war is war” talk will end up in the same place, which is the point.


I don’t know what to make of Judge Holden (though I’m not sure McCarthy wants him to add up to any one thing). I’m not a lit guy, but I have to think there’s something going on with the fact that the Judge is a child murderer but doesn’t go after the kid until he has been called the man. Then you see the Judge in the saloon again. I have to wonder if the kid/man wasn’t so much killed as turned. Or if McCarthy might be asking if there is that much of a difference between the two.


Michael, you haven’t read it yet? I’m a little disapointed. The relationship between the Judge and the Kid is a fascinating one. MTBradely raises a good question — why does the Judge wait so long?