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All is vanity,
This review is from: No Country for Old Men (Paperback)
I saw the film first and then I read the book. The film stuck pretty close to the original story and both are gripping. The story is fascinating and the central character, Sheriff Bell, bemoans the loss of values in society that results in monsters like Anton Chigurh, a murderer such as the world has never before seen and whose kind is making the world unfit for "Old Men" like himself to live in. I think there are people like Chigurh in real life, look at Richard Kuklinski for example, but such freaks will never become models for the rest of us, not while they exhibit hairstyles like Chigurh anyway.
The road to Hell begins with a decline in good manners and Sheriff Bell suggests that good manners consists in saying "yes sir", though being Scottish I think this is obsequious rather than respectful. Bell is old fashioned and does respect others and will not even treat the dead with contempt by labelling them "Mexican drug dealers". The only man Bell does not respect is Chigurh, as he considers him more demon than man and he is afraid of him.
Sheriff Bell is past it and is due for retirement. He is a good man but his belief that the world has become corrupted within his lifetime is mere vanity.