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01 Nov 2012 at 7:20 pm #2297
Talk about one hell of ride, Blood Meridan did not disappoint. Although many tangents are offered to the reader, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by this wily juggernaut. The depth of his knowledge, his inquisitiveness, physical strength, gift of the gab and utter ruthlessness.Without the actual book in front of me the Judge says ‘War is the highest concern of man’, ‘Before man existed, warfare waited for the ultimate practitioner’. Is the Judge the Lord of War or the Antichrist?
eagleclaw76Quote01 Nov 2012 at 8:51 pm #229801 Nov 2012 at 10:03 pm #2299
Heh, or a former board member….
but seriously, eagleclaw, he’s both. He shows many signs of being Shiva, the lord of destruction (and dancing) in Hindu mythology. He also exhibits any number of attributes of Satan (fiddling, his enormous weight – in early Christian folklore Satan is said to have fallen and sunk into hell due to his mass) , and plenty of others you can probably list on a scroll.
Rick WallachQuote03 Nov 2012 at 6:29 pm #2301
The Judge is Moby Dick, he is everything in this material world and he is nothing–the void, suggested by his weight as given in the novel on the blank page (his weight computed in pounds and correlated with the page number equals the only blank page in the novel, as Rick Wallach so shrewdly pointed out long ago). Then of course there is the gnostic take, the Archon:
Supported by the gnostic references in the novel.
There are those who side with the Nietzsche (Mencken translation) interpretation of the Judge, as expounded by philosophy major and author Shane Schimpf in A READER’S GUIDE TO BLOOD MERIDIAN.
Of course, what we believe is that the Judge is all of these and more, while uncannily suggested by the real Judge Holden in the cryptic memoirs of the very real General Samuel Chamberlain (who in turn is suggested by McCarthy as the veteran who escapes the gang–with the sobriquet, Chambers).
In the ghostly almost ecoplastic and shape-shifting Judge Holden, fact melds with fiction which is welded by the spirituality that some readers see in the novel. Want to see how? The best thing you can do is to read John Sepich’s NOTES ON BLOOD MERIDIAN which is available at the bookshop on this site, along with a wealth of other Cormac McCarthy crit-lit.
Richard L.Quote04 Nov 2012 at 7:17 pm #2306
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