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No Country for Old Men (MTI) (Vintage…

No Country for Old Men (MTI) (Vintage International) (original 2005; edition 2007)

by Cormac Mccarthy

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Title:No Country for Old Men (MTI) (Vintage International)
Authors:Cormac Mccarthy
Info:Vintage (2007), Paperback, 320 pages
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No country for old men by Cormac McCarthy (2005)

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I may be in the minority here, but this was a big let-down. Cormac McCarthy is one of my favorite authors, but this book read like a screenplay -- or a movie novelization. I found out later that it had, in fact, been written originally as a screenplay. There was a lot of description and action, but not a lot of -- for want of a better word -- "soul." The movie was better than the book. ( )
  scribe-214 | Sep 7, 2018 |
Una historia sólida, entretiene e invita a la reflexión.

Mi reseña completa aquí. ( )
  LuisBermer | Sep 2, 2018 |
Took me a while to finish this book. It was OK, and some parts were damned good, but I think I'm done with McCarthy at least for a while. I don't have a lot to say about this book. It left me feeling kind of blah.

Edit - a couple of days later...

The books has grown on me. It is still a downer, but I have to say that it is both an easy read and a fascinating one. Lots of scene changes, with no warning, but still very clear who you a dealing with. Like Blood Meridian, I think this book will require a 2nd reading to properly grasp it's heavyosity. ( )
  bibliosk8er | Aug 16, 2018 |
Reading this book was a lot like watching a Quentin Tarantino movie. Lots of violent people running after each other and killing each other.

This was the second novel by McCarthy I've read. All the Pretty Horses was outstanding as well, though not quite as violent.

A drug deal out in the desert country of Texas went bad. A local man named Moss came across the carnage while hunting and discovered a bag full of money and a large amount of Mexican heroine as well as the sources of the carnage. He helps himself to the money and some of the weapons. One of the men wasn't dead and asked for water. Moss didn't have any. He took his stuff home and then, thinking twice about it, brought a bottle of water back only to find that someone else was at the scene. This was the beginning of the chase because one can reckon that someone wants his money back!

McCarthy has a spare way of writing. He uses no quotation marks and little in the way of punctuation in his dialogue. It can be confusing at times to get who is talking but the reader can figure it out eventually. Flashbacks are offered by the sheriff who offers wisdom on the type of people who get into such a business and how difficult it is to stop the drug trade and use.

I believe that when you look for a real American author, you have one here. He really captures the minds and hearts of the people involved in the story. It may not be pretty but on the other hand, the reader can also find rare beauty in some people's souls. ( )
  mamzel | Apr 30, 2018 |
Um livraço! MacCarthy conta habilmente uma história que em si não traz de nada de novo, mas que é bem escrita o suficiente para valer a pena ser lida; é uma leitura fácil mas com um tema extremamente difícil, mas que sempre, sempre trará uma nova perspectiva para quem tiver coragem de atravessar suas duras páginas.
Nesta história, eternizada no filme de 2007 dos Irmãos Cohen com Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones e Javier Bardennos papéis principais, ficamos conhecendo a história de Moss, um sujeito comum que encontra uma maleta contendo dois milhões de dólares e que é procurada por muitas pessoas más, entre eles um vilão que já deve estar entre os dez piores psicopatas da história da literatura, Chigurh. Ao longo da história vamos tendo muitas esperanças de uma história feliz despedaçada, mas também ficamos sabendo os pensamentos de um homem que acha que ficou velho para a profissão de xerife, e é aí que está o ouro, pois conhecemos o lado brilhante de uma história amarga e negra.
Recomendo para qualquer uma que tenha visto o filme e ficou com perguntas; recomendo para quem gosta de prosas enxutas, e para quem gosta de histórias de tirar o fôlego. Uma obra que passeia entre o popular e o clássico, e que traz em si algum experimentalismo; recomendo para quem quer começar a conhecer o autor e se familiarizar com o realismo filosófico deste grande escritor norte-americano. ( )
  WalkerDeBarros | Apr 29, 2018 |
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All that keeps No Country for Old Men from being a deftly executed but meretricious thriller is the presence, increasingly confused and ineffectual as the novel proceeds, of the sheriff of Comanche County, one of the "old men" alluded to in the title.

"No Country for Old Men" is an unholy mess of a novel, which one could speculate will be a bitter disappointment to many of those eager fans. It is an unwieldy klutz that pretends to be beach reading while dressed in the garments of serious literature (not that those are necessarily mutually exclusive concepts). It is a thriller that is barely thrilling and a tepid effort to reclaim some of the focus and possibly the audience of McCarthy's most reader-friendly novel, "All the Pretty Horses." Worst of all, it reads like a story you wished Elmore Leonard had written -- or rather, in this case, rewritten.
Mr. McCarthy turns the elaborate cat-and-mouse game played by Moss and Chigurh and Bell into harrowing, propulsive drama, cutting from one frightening, violent set piece to another with cinematic economy and precision. In fact, ''No Country for Old Men'' would easily translate to the big screen so long as Bell's tedious, long-winded monologues were left on the cutting room floor -- a move that would also have made this a considerably more persuasive novel.
In the literary world the appearance of a new Cormac McCarthy novel is a cause for celebration. It has been seven years since his Cities of the Plain, and McCarthy has made the wait worthwhile. With a title that makes a statement about Texas itself, McCarthy offers up a vision of awful power and waning glory, like a tale told by a hermit emerging from the desert, a biblical Western from a cactus-pricked Ancient Mariner.
Cormac McCarthy's ''No Country for Old Men'' is as bracing a variation on these noir orthodoxies as any fan of the genre could expect, although his admirers may not be sure at first about quite how to take the book, which doesn't bend its genre or transcend it but determinedly straightens it back out.
added by eereed | editNew York Times, Walter Kirn (Jun 24, 2005)

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The author would like to express his appreciation to the Santa Fe Institute for his long association and his four-year residence. He would also like to thank Amanda Urban.
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I sent one boy to the gaschamber at Huntsville.
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Set along the United States–Mexico border in 1980, the story concerns an illicit drug deal gone wrong in a remote desert location.
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In No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy simultaneously strips down the American crime novel and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headlines.

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Stumbling upon a bloody massacre, a cache of heroin, and more than two million in cash during a hunting trip, Llewelyn Moss removes the money, a decision that draws him and his young wife into the middle of a violent confrontation.

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