“See the boy.”
In case you missed it, that’s the first line: “See the boy.” That’s it. And guess who wrote it?
Cormac McCarthy in Blood Meridian, one of the richest, most insanely beautiful novels ever written. And yet, the first line is extremely lacking. It’s too plain, too Biblical, too meaningless. “See the boy.” Ok, I’ll see him. What’s the big deal? There is no implementation of any language that is intriguing in the least.
But I suppose that that's how life is sometimes . . . simply lacking.
In Colum McCann’s solid novel Let the Great World Spin, he states “good days, they come around the oddest corners.” Well, it’s the same with first lines. I fully expected Blood Meridian to have a drop-dead amazing first line. But it couldn’t be further from the truth.
But to be fair, the rest of Blood Meridian more than makes up for a blasé first line.