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No Country For Old Men: Cormac Mccarthy (original 2005; edition 2009)

by Cormac Mccarthy (Autore)

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Llewelyn Moss is hunting antelope near the Texas/Mexico border when he stumbles upon several dead men, a big stash of heroin, and more than two million dollars in cash. He takes off with the money--and the hunter becomes the hunted. A drug cartel hires a former Special Forces agent to track down the loot, and a ruthless killer joins the chase as well. Also looking for Moss is the aging Sheriff Bell, a World War II veteran who may be Moss' only hope for survival.… (more)
Title:No Country For Old Men: Cormac Mccarthy
Authors:Cormac Mccarthy (Autore)
Info:Palgrave Macmillan (2009), Edition: 1, 320 pages
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No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (2005)

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    sturlington: Both are books in which found money leads to unexpected, horrific consequences.
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    The Road by Cormac McCarthy (dmitriyk)
    dmitriyk: Written simply, with a very similar style and attitude.
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    A Single Shot by Matthew F. Jones (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: We all think money will solve our problems. Sometimes money creates problems . . . especialy when it's other peoples' money.
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    Sunset and Sawdust by Joe R. Lansdale (cometahalley)
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    Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy (cometahalley)
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    Descent by Tim Johnston (sturlington)
    sturlington: The authors have similar styles, and both thrillers explore questions of fate and chance.
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    Blood Simple by Joel Cohen (kjuliff)
    kjuliff: If you are into well-written violence. I’m not usually but these works show it can be done

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This is a book which is better than the movie. Anton Chigurh is the embodiment of evil, "a true and living prophet of destruction." His reign of terror changes the life of a dedicated sheriff forever.
The story is told in direct, uncomplicated language,which made the violence even more horrific for the reader. Chigurh is a cold-blooded killer and his acts are described as such.
The book also has a much better ending than the movie. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
This is my favorite book and arguably the most important fiction of our generation. ( )
  trrpatton | Mar 20, 2024 |
Cormac McCarthy often uses simple, clear and short language, but the reader feels the mountains of weight behind each sentence. Everything is so meticulous and unique, only giving you glimpses of possible meaning. This book has great writing on the disaffection felt by any generation upon reaching old age and the incomprehensible nature of senseless violence that is a common theme for him. ( )
  lneukirch | Feb 4, 2024 |
For many, The Road is their first experience with Cormac McCarthy. For me, it was No Country for Old Men. That final passage has always stuck with me, but reading it now, at 30, gives it an entirely new meaning. Or maybe I just appreciate it more now than I ever could have at sixteen. ( )
  keithlaf | Dec 16, 2023 |
Commanding and accessible, No Country for Old Men is a bleak chronicle of murder, revenge and implacable fate. What Cormac McCarthy did for the Western, here he has done for the crime novel. Cormac has some nasty fun here and writes like a someone who is set afire with the ghost of Faulkner whispering in his ear.

No Country for Old Men is, in many ways, a straightforward crime drama. It follows a man who stumbles onto a drug deal gone bad and tries to get away with a case full of money as a hitman and a sheriff both pursue him...leading to disastrous consequences.

This book is built around the premise that any one of us can think we are making a good decision only to later find out the depths of how bad that decision actually was. Llewelyn Moss chose to take a suitcase full of money from a drug deal gone bad, thinking he would never get caught…and it all goes downhill from there. It's also a brutal meditation on the nature of fate. story is very cinematic, a slow and complex chase with three grades of characters: good (the sheriff), bad (Chirgurh and assorted drug traders), mixed (Moss, a loving husband and veteran who did take the money). And the Sheriff, it would seem, is in over his head - in new territory.

McCarthy writes a hard, cold, mean prose almost devoid of heroes, even the Sherriff can't save the day.

Riveting, commanding, and brutal, No Country for Old Men is a crime novel of Texas noir that you will not be able to put down until the very last line.

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  ryantlaferney87 | Dec 8, 2023 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Cormac McCarthyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Barrett, SeanNarratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hansen, JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hirsch, FrançoisTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lisboa, AdrianaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Murillo Fort, LuisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pearson, DavidCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stechschulte, TomNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Testa, MartinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Toshiyuki, KurobaruTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vlek, RonaldTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
If you had told me we'd end up in a world with kids with green hair and bones in their noses I would have laughed in your face. But here it is.
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- 2005 (1e édition originale américaine, A. A. Knopf, New York)
- 2007-01-11 (1e traduction et édition française sous le titre "Non, ce pays n'est pas pour le vieil homme", Editions de l'Olivier")
- 2008-01-03 (Réédition française sous le titre " No country for old men. Non, ce pays n'est pas pour le vieil homme, Points, Seuil)
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Llewelyn Moss is hunting antelope near the Texas/Mexico border when he stumbles upon several dead men, a big stash of heroin, and more than two million dollars in cash. He takes off with the money--and the hunter becomes the hunted. A drug cartel hires a former Special Forces agent to track down the loot, and a ruthless killer joins the chase as well. Also looking for Moss is the aging Sheriff Bell, a World War II veteran who may be Moss' only hope for survival.

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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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