Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Truth about the World

The Blood Meridian (McCarthy)
ISBN 9780679728757

"The truth about the world, he said, is that ... had you not seen it all from birth and thereby bled it of its strangeness it would appear to you for what it is, a hat trick in a medicine show, a fevered dream, a trance bepopulate with chimeras having neither analogue nor precedent, an itinerant carnival, a migratory tentshow whose ultimate destination after many a pitch in many a mudded field is unspeakable and calamitous beyond reckoning .... and the order in creation which you see is that which you have put there, like a string in a maze, so that you shall not lose the way" (245).

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