Thursday, August 07, 2008

Top 10: westerns

Clive Sinclair is the author of several novels and short stories, including True Tales of the Wild West.

For the Guardian, he selected his top ten westerns. One title on the list:
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

McCarthy's prose in Blood Meridian comes blazing from the Book of Revelation. Told through the eyes of a young runaway this blood-soaked and blood-crazed novel details the death, destruction and disease doled out by four dozen horsemen of the apocalypse as they traverse America's southern borderline. Their leader, the Judge. is Manifest Destiny personified, in all its compulsive and repulsive glory. An altogether cooler and less febrile version of America's Westward expansion may be found in Blood and Thunder, a popular history by Hampton Sides.
Read about Number One on Sinclair's list.

--Marshal Zeringue