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No Country for Old Men (Vintage…

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

by Cormac McCarthy

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Title:No Country for Old Men (Vintage International)
Authors:Cormac McCarthy
Info:Vintage (2007), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 320 pages
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Tags:fiction, crime, thriller, pyschotic, Southern America, American

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No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (2005)

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I worship at the dark altar that is Cormac McCarthy's fiction. The man is a prophet, and not a happy one either--he's Jeremiah, warning us of a dark future by showing us a dark present, yet demanding we keep at it anyway because, well, what choice have we got? And maybe, somewhere deep, maybe in just the recognition of that very darkness, we might happen across a bit of hope, or at least something like enough to hope that we'll keep on.

Still, this book is strangely diminished in light of McCarthy's other work. Even Chigurh, the much-celebrated "ultimate badass" of the film version, comes off weaker somehow than McCarthy's most terrifying and mesmerizing creation, the Judge in Blood Meridian. Maybe I suffer from having seen the movie first--and those who said the film remained faithful to the novel were sorely understating the fact: the film is word-for-word right out of the text, dialogue and voice-overs and all--but I think the worse problem is that in one or two places the film improved on the text. Which is not usually a good thing with fiction.

I won't say where, though, because the book is still outstanding and deserves a read, especially for those chapters at the end of the text that never made it (couldn't make it) into the film, and to be fair, the ending is one of McCarthy's more haunting, even if it is a quieter ending, and I think in the long run it'll stand among his best endings. His most timeless. ( )
  Snoek-Brown | Feb 7, 2016 |
Interesting characters. In the audio version, the speaker can be difficult to detect / keep track of. ( )
  deldevries | Jan 31, 2016 |
Wow, another McCarthy novel blows me away. I wish I hadn't seen the movie; I think it kind of spoiled the memory I had of this book and the intensity of the story. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
Dark, violent and depressing. ( )
  nx74defiant | Jan 23, 2016 |
Great read ( )
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
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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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