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In the Rogue Blood Paperback – October 1, 1998
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In the Rogue Blood is the story of two brothers in the 1840's. They travel West and get mixed up in the Mexican War; one ends up fighting for Mexico in the San Patricios, while the other joins a band of Mexican scouts fighting for the United States. The end, as one might expect from Blake, is not a happy one.
It's a tribute to Blake's writing that I was able to enjoy the book despite his characters. They're walking lizard brains, constantly sleeping with whores and getting in pointless fights. However period they may be, they're not very interesting people. The plot bogs down in the middle, when the characters seem to be meaninglessly repeating their brutal behavior ad nauseam, but picks up when they become involved in the war. Female characters here exist primarily for the use of men, though one could argue that part of the tragedy of John and Edward is that they are never capable of comprehending their wild mother and sister.
Much of 1840's America as presented by Blake seems accurate to me, though his version is certainly a very bleak one, sometimes melodramatically so. This is an ugly West, full of cruelty and deformity, with malice towards all, and sometimes the sheer ugliness of everything taxed my suspension of disbelief.
Nevertheless, this is a powerful tragedy and a brilliantly styled book, which I strongly recommend.
Mr. Baker’s book is very good and has suffered only because of the genius of McCarthy’s work and the latter’s author place in the pantheon of American Literature.
To focus on Baker’s work, it is a wonderful, if disturbing, character study; the dialogue rings true and reaches towards the poetic; the scenes are honestly written, if occasionally slipping into the pornography of violence; the resolution honest and to the point.
As a study of America leading up to and following through to the end of the Mexican War In the Rogue Blood is a very interesting piece of writing and well worth the reader’s time. Though not McCarthy’s masterpiece, In the Rogue Blood remains an important piece of work.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Recommendation: Men, more so than women, will find this work engaging if they enjoy historical novels littered with senseless violence. The violence is not dishonest, but in most cases it was not strictly necessary. Some would believe this is how the West was; others might disagree. Whichever your perspective readers should find this an enlightening read.
It is a highly engrossing, swift paced, novel about life and events in the southern US nd Mexico, richly told, richly depicted, and as raw and brutal as they come.
It perfectly conveys what life must have been, roughly 150 years ago, in that region where only the most fit and mean had a chance at survival.
A very good novel. Do not miss it, those who enjoy the rough, tough, era herein portrayed.
When the brothers lose each other in the chaotic mass of bodies, the humid, steaming swamp of New Orleans, more bad things happen -- including an unforgettable scene when a skilled French duellist faces off with Edward over a minor insult, and uses his rapier to cut his opponent repeatedly from a distance, since he is armed with a shorter Bowie knife and is unfamiliar with fencing. It is only when the fencing ends, by means of tactics that don't appear in aristocratic duels, that the Frenchman discovers the savage effectiveness of a Bowie.Read more ›
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Enjoyed this book a lot. Similar in style to Cormac McCarthy. Gruesome , dark and hard to put down.Published 3 months ago by tumble weed
Second time I've read this book, and while it's a little less fun knowing what the characters are destined to endure, this is just a wild story of two young men encountering all... Read morePublished 3 months ago by JohnnyReb
i love this guys work...have read just about all his books and enjoyed them all...being from the southwestern US and having spent time in Mexico, i really liked this bookPublished 13 months ago by Billygoat
Fantastic read. The historical story is educational. The Wild West was horrific and the book will introduce the reader to a lot of it. Great bookPublished 14 months ago by E. Portzline
While seemingly borrowing from Mccarthy's 'Blood Meridian', this horrible, wonderfully painful tale manages not to be derivative. Read morePublished 18 months ago by BBrite
Stated stronger than it finished. I believe that James Blake does his best work on shorter works.Published 19 months ago by gary kolb
Not one of JCB's best outings. Raw violence is over the top even for his standards. If you have read later books, it gives insight into the character of the Little's and journey... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Pete Stewart
Liked the story, was written well. Going to read more from this author, his character details give you a good idea of who they arePublished on May 4, 2014 by Scott