Abilene in Blood Meridian

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  • 12 Jun 2017 at 4:29 am #9561

    DavidLambert
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    Forgive me if this has already been mentioned here, but is McCarthy’s reference to Abilene on page 20 of Blood Meridian an anachronism? From what I know, Abilene, Kansas was named in 1860 and Abilene, Texas was named after Abilene, Kansas.

    Does anyone have an explanation or is this a rare error in what is otherwise a meticulously researched book? And if so, what are some of the other anachronisms you’ve found in Blood Meridian?


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    12 Jun 2017 at 6:22 am #9563

    Richard L.
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    There are likely several small anachronisms in the work. Some say that McCarthy’s use of the tarot was anachronistic to North America at the time, although it was used in Europe. No big deal.


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    12 Jun 2017 at 10:20 pm #9578

    DavidLambert
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    Yes, I don’t think it’s a big deal, just seeing if anyone might have an alternate explanation. I’m also interested in any other possible anachronisms.


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