No Country for Old Men

Kobo ebook | November 29, 2007

byCormac McCarthy

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In his blistering new novel, Cormac McCarthy returns to the Texas-Mexico border, setting of his famed Border Trilogy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones.

One day, a good old boy named Llewellyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a bodyguard of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the back. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the law–in the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell–can contain.

As Moss tries to evade his pursuers–in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives–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.
No Country for Old Men is a triumph.


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In his blistering new novel, Cormac McCarthy returns to the Texas-Mexico border, setting of his famed Border Trilogy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones. One day, a good old boy named Llewellyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a bodyguard of dead men. A l...

Cormac McCarthy was born in Providence, Rhode Island on July 20, 1933. He attended the University of Tennessee, but interrupted his studies for four years to join the U.S. Air Force. His first novel, The Orchard Keeper, was published in 1965. His other works include Outer Dark, Child of God, Suttree, and Blood Meridian. All the Pretty ...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 29, 2007Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307390535

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new classic I don't have much praise to add other than what's been said already, but I agree that it is a modern masterpiece. I had modest expectations going in to it (of his works, I'd read The Road, which I didn't much like, and All the Pretty Horses, which I did), and it far surpassed them. I expected a Western-like thriller with a lot of violence, and instead I got a mesmerizing tale featuring compelling, heart-breaking characters, and deft observations on our lives and our world, both wry and heartfelt. It is definitely more than it seems, more than just spilled blood and chases and Southern dialects. It cuts through the surface of all that superficial sensationalism, and delivers a parable for our age. One that lingers.
Date published: 2015-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars is my rating In No Country for Old Men we are met with brute violence and no happy endings. A far cry from what we are usually fed by our feel-good stories lining the fiction bookshelves at the local library. I think in some senses it is closer to reality than most of us would like to admit. The theme of good vs. evil is presented, but deciding who falls into these categories is no easy feat due to the ambiguity of the novels flawed characters. Chigurh can be seen as loyal and honest, just as Bell can be seen as cowardly and misleading. Moss is greedy and ruthless, yet caring and brave. What's clear is that every person has the ability to vacillate between the two sides, and that when all is said and done, survival of the fittest dictates the last man standing. And on the flip side, sometimes people get lucky, cowards included. My favourite message was ultimately, that control is an illusion. Both Chigurh with his coin toss and Moss with his advice to the runaway help to convey this truth. We have no ability to control the course of our fate except by the benign, good, and/or bad choices that we make. Every step that we take has an effect on our future, and the past can never be erased because of its meaning in relation to our lives eventual outcomes. Many will feel frustrated and cheated by the novels ending, and I will admit it did put me in to a bit of a tizzy, however it forced me to stop and think about the characters motivations and take some time to further analyze what I had read instead of quickly moving on to the next book. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2010-03-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Skip the Book; Watch the Movie Cormac McCarthy is supposed to be one of America's most important writers and his new novel, "The Road" just won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. But what about "No Country for Old Men," (hereafter, NCFOM)? I picked up this novel on a Sunday afternoon and had it read by Monday night. It is that much of a thriller. I will keep the summary simple so as not to spoil the book or movie for people who might take it in. It takes place in central, rural Texas along the border to Mexico. It essentially revolves around three characters: Llewellyn Moss, who finds a satchel full of cash in a field among dead bodies and shot up trucks and a big heroin deal obviously gone wrong. He decides to keep the cash, plunging him headlong into the dark world of drugrunners and their disregard for human life, morality or anything remotely resembling common Texas decency. There is Anton Chigurh, the pursuer of Moss and the missing money; a man so lost in the pleasure of killing that one begins to wonder if he is a ghost (like he is referred to in the novel) or the manifestation of some supernatural evil presence in the world. And there is Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, the local county lawman who is caught in the middle, left to clean up the bloody mess left behind Chigurh's murderous pursuit of Moss. The first 100 pages are relentlessly suspenseful and, I have to admit, downright frightening. After this the story settles into its routine and finally slows to a stop at the end. This is a serious problem. It is a problem because it is all backwards. And every student of literature knows it. A novel is supposed to progress slowly upward in suspense until the climax (somewhere around the 3/4 or 7/8 mark), followed by the denouement. NCFOM is most exciting during the first 100 pages and sort of works out the story in a very anti-climactic fashion where it should be at its most exciting, and then proceeds to delve into Sheriff Bell's past for the last 60 laboured pages, as if the reader cares. This is all while the story's resolution seems ignored, and if not ignored, then entirely unsatisfying as a resolution. The climactic scene happens "off-camera" as one reviewer put it, which means that we get it second hand from police reports and a trip to the coroner's lab. The final, and sharpest, nail in this coffin of literary betrayal is what happens with Chigurh, the killing machine, surely destined to die the same savage death he bestows upon his many victims, but who slips away with a broken arm after he is involved in a serious car accident, never to be heard from again. I have to say that I have never felt so utterly bewildered and annoyed after reading the last page of a novel since Gertrude Stein's "Three Lives." Perhaps McCarthy wants it this way. This is not to mention a certain overall sloppiness in execution. The characters, for the most part, are underdeveloped. The details are as wonky as they can be. For instance, the novel is set in present day, and Moss is 36 years old, but supposedly is a Vietnam war vet (how does that work?), while Sheriff Bell is supposed to be a middle-aged lawman who is a WWII war hero (something's not adding up here). McCarthy also elects, for whatever reason, to forego quotation marks so the reader is sometimes unsure when the prose has ended and dialogue has begun. He also uses apostrphes where and when it pleases him. Despite my censures, there is some greatness to be found in the novel. McCarthy's ability to capture Texas drawl and mannerisms in writing is enough to make it worthy of being called an art form. His real strength, however, is in his exploration of the macabre. His writing is terse, yet vivid, reminiscent of Hemingway, giving you barely enough, and yet more than enough to make you see the horrible picture he is painting. NCFOM also contains glimpses of profundity in parts of its dialogue. Overall, I would say NCFOM is a book to skip and a movie to see. Apparently the Coen brothers are said to have made a very good movie out of it, and I understand they followed the novel fairly closely to the point where I am already hearing rumours of an unsatisfactory ending! If you want to read McCarthy at his best, look to "Blood Meridian" or "Suttree" or "The Road," not to this half-hearted and incongruent affair.
Date published: 2007-11-21