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The Counselor [Kindle Edition]

Cormac Mccarthy
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The Counsellor is now a major motion picture directed by Ridley Scott and starring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy’s original screenplay is the story of a lawyer who is so seduced by the desire to get rich, to impress his fiancée, that he becomes involved in a risky drug-smuggling venture. His contacts in this high-stakes cocaine trade are the mysterious and probably corrupt Reiner and the seductive Malkina, so exotic her pets of choice are two cheetahs. As the action crosses the Mexican border, things become darker, more violent and more sexually disturbing than he could ever have imagined.

Deft, shocking and unforgettable, this gripping tale about risk, consequence and the treacherous balance between the two reveals Cormac McCarthy at his finest.

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In early 2012 it was announced that Cormac McCarthy had written an original screenplay – news which provoked huge excitement, a swift deal and the appointment of Ridley Scott to direct. But this is no ordinary screenplay. This is a work of extraordinary imagination which draws on many of the themes of McCarthy’s work as well as taking it to new dark places. It is also written with great descriptive passages counteracting the dialogue, so the reader is given the full experience of the McCarthy prose. It is the story of a lawyer, the Counselor, a man who is so seduced by the desire to get rich, to impress his fiancée Laura, that he becomes involved in a drug-smuggling venture that quickly takes him way out of his depth. His contacts in this are the mysterious and probably corrupt Reiner and the seductive Malkina, so exotic her pets of choice are two cheetahs. As the action crosses the Mexican border, things become darker, more violent and more sexually disturbing than the Counselor has ever imagined. The film starring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt will go on release in autumn 2013.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 577 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Film tie-in edition (12 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CP4I4YS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,154 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cormac McCarthy was born in Rhode Island. He later went to Chicago, where he worked as an auto mechanic while writing his first novel, The Orchard Keeper. The Orchard Keeper was published by Random House in 1965; McCarthy's editor there was Albert Erskine, William Faulkner's long-time editor. Before publication, McCarthy received a travelling fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which he used to travel to Ireland. In 1966 he also received the Rockefeller Foundation Grant, with which he continued to tour Europe, settling on the island of Ibiza. Here, McCarthy completed revisions of his next novel, Outer Dark. In 1967, McCarthy returned to the United States, moving to Tennessee. Outer Dark was published in 1968, and McCarthy received the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Writing in 1969. His next novel, Child of God, was published in 1973. From 1974 to 1975, McCarthy worked on the screenplay for a PBS film called The Gardener's Son, which premiered in 1977. A revised version of the screenplay was later published by Ecco Press. In the late 1970s, McCarthy moved to Texas, and in 1979 published his fourth novel, Suttree, a book that had occupied his writing life on and off for twenty years. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1981, and published his fifth novel, Blood Meridian, in 1985. All the Pretty Horses, the first volume of The Border Trilogy, was published in 1992. It won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was later turned into a feature film. The Stonemason, a play that McCarthy had written in the mid-1970s and subsequently revised, was published by Ecco Press in 1994. Soon thereafter, the second volume of The Border Trilogy, The Crossing, was published with the third volume, Cities of the Plain, following in 1998. McCarthy's next novel, No Country for Old Men, was published in 2005. This was followed in 2006 by a novel in dramatic form, The Sunset Limited, originally performed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago. McCarthy's most recent novel, The Road, was published in 2006 and won the Pulitzer Prize.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Weak and dull 4 Oct 2014
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
A criminal lawyer gets greedy and decides to make more money by naively dabbling in the drug trade. Then a large amount of merchandise is boosted, the counselor is blamed, and the powerful and extremely dangerous forces of the Juarez drug cartels are unleashed. Misery, torture, and death descends upon the counselor and his comfortable life.

I don’t usually read screenplays but I was interested in Cormac McCarthy’s foray into the genre of noir/crime films. I also haven’t seen the movie but there’s a lot of big names connected to it to make it seem appealing: Ridley Scott, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem. After having read The Counselor though, I don’t think I’m gonna bother checking it out - it’s not a great story and pretty people are unlikely to make it better.

The characters are hard to connect with or care about. They sound like real people generally but occasionally one of them will launch into a very meaningful soliloquy about Life, while the big bad of the story quotes the Spanish poet Antonio Machado every other line to appear intellectual and thoughtful - it doesn’t work. That said, a couple of the monologues are entertaining, though mostly because they’re unconnected to the main story.

Mostly I wondered what I was supposed to be feeling towards them - was I supposed to like the counselor or his drug trafficking contacts? Was I supposed to root for the Juarez psychos to kill them all, one by one? Because I read this seeing the violence unfolding and didn’t feel anything. Some bad people get killed by other bad people. The story feels like misery for the sake of misery and the point about life is what you make it?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Film script 20 Mar 2014
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As a big McCarthy fan I was really looking forward to this. I can imagine this is a great film but the script format takes a bit of getting used to & there's big gaps that obviously get filled in with the visual.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh merciful god 18 May 2014
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Please wipe my mind clean of this chocolate starfish of a script. That I paid for it, will surely haunt me until the end of this sentence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stunning 3 Feb 2014
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the film is truly wretched but don't be put off reading this masterpiece of literary fiction.

not sure if its actually a script as its so layered and dense with text but its a very powerful read.

if you are in any way into cormac mccarthy this is a must buy.
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I have enjoyed greatly all of McCarththy's novels but dissapointed in the stort as represented by the screenplay.
Although I will not be seeing the film - detered by this Tie-in.

However, the screenplay very well describes the action
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1.0 out of 5 stars Big mkistake 27 Dec 2013
By Kizzie
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I downloaded this to my kindle thinking it was the book. When I realised it was the screenplay I thought I'd read it anyway - waste of time. Think it would have been a good story but the screenplay just didn't give much of a story at all, so don't see the point of selling it like this. I stuck with it and read through to the end but found it rather pointless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Counselor - McCarthy 28 Dec 2013
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A good read as you would expect from Cormac McCarthy. Made a change to read a 'script' as opposed to a novel. Good price product and quick delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best cult film of 2013 ? ? 22 Dec 2013
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every now and again a film divides people
some love it some hate it
this year it was The Counselor and Only God Forgives that did that
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