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The Counselor Paperback – 24 Oct 2013

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Film tie-in ed edition (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447227646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447227649
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Cormac McCarthy

"Like the novelists he admires--Melville, Dostoyevsky, Faulkner--Cormac McCarthy has created an imaginative oeuvre greater and deeper than any single book. Such writers wrestle with the gods themselves." --"The""Washington Post Book World"

"McCarthy's prose [is] the most laudable, his characters the most fully inhabited, his sense of place the most bloodworthy and thoroughly felt of any living writer's."--"Esquire"

"McCarthy is one of the most richly stylized writers in American letters." --"San Francisco Chronicle"

"McCarthy justifies the very worth of fiction in the consummate breadth and dimension of his work." --"New York Post"

"The genius of McCarthy's work [is] in its bold, seamless melding of private revelation, cultural insight, and unabashed philosophizing." --"The Village Voice"

"He is nothing less than our greatest living writer." --"Houston Chronicle"

"McCarthy's philosophic and erudite dialogue, vivid explosion, and intriguing characters give the story a unique vitality." --"Booklist"
More Praise for Cormac McCarthy:
"Like the novelists he admires--Melville, Dostoyevsky, Faulkner--Cormac McCarthy has created an imaginative oeuvre greater and deeper than any single book. Such writers wrestle with the gods themselves." --"The""Washington Post Book World"
"McCarthy's prose [is] the most laudable, his characters the most fully inhabited, his sense of place the most bloodworthy and thoroughly felt of any living writer's."--"Esquire"
"McCarthy is one of the most richly stylized writers in American letters." --"San Francisco Chronicle"
"McCarthy justifies the very worth of fiction in the consummate breadth and dimension of his work." --"New York Post"
"The genius of McCarthy's work [is] in its bold, seamless melding of private revelation, cultural insight, and unabashed philosophizing." --"The Village Voice"
"He is nothing less than our greatest living writer." --"Houston Chronicle" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An original screenplay by the great American novelist Cormac McCarthy, author of The Road and No Country for Old Men. Filmed as a major motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox.

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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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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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I bought this mistakenly thinking it was a novel in the traditional sense rather than a screenplay. I am not generally a fan of the latter. Unusually I persisted and after a while it just flowed and I didn't really notice the alternative structure. I guess that's a sign of a great author. A very enjoyable read.
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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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I enjoyed reading this in one easy sitting and look forward to further re-reads. Deceptively simplistic prose masking a number of chilling themes and insights into the human condition. Worth reading the script first and then seeing the film I think - for me at least it would help me not to feel confused by what is by anyones standards an unconventional plot.

There is so much meaning conveyed in each brief scene that I am not surprised that some critics have been scathing about the merits of the film. This is not your usual Hollywood script. However, if you want a screenplay that genuinely makes you think then this is a worthwhile work and one that I enjoyed very much (if enjoy is the right word for a tale so gruesome and cold) and ranks alongside Mccarthy's best work. Different but great.

My only criticism is that I was left craving more and the feeling of 'emptiness' which is most likely the authors intent. Cormac McCarthy is a truly inspired writer and the more I read his work the more I appreciate his understated genius. What he has to say about the human condition and the fates or roll of the die that affect our lives makes me wince - but it is chillingly observant and prophetic.

My thoughts on completing the screenplay? That Humankind is destined for even greater tragedy. Acts of evil stemming from our greed is genetically built into our condition. McCarthy's talent as an artist is to illuminate the frailties of our human condition and its consequences which haunt us every day of our waking lives.

Can't wait to see the film!
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Cormac McCarthy's first original work of fiction following The Road turned out to be a script, which he sold to the producers of the film 'The Road.' This was a surprise as many thought he was working on a novel called 'The Passenger.' The script grabbed headlines for the speed with which it was sold and greenlit for production and the high level of Hollywood players who quickly got on board to participate.

Upon reading the synopsis many people (a little huffily) initially equate this to Breaking Bad, however there are only loose connections. The two are thematically different and circumstantially barely related. Other than civilians involving themselves in drug dealing, set in the south west of America, little else relates.

The most striking and jarring aspect of the first portion of this story is the graphic sexual content and occasional references to the nature of women that are strikingly chauvinistic. It's hard to reconcile this immediately with other works by McCarthy and doesn't fit with his oeuvre. I feel a little outmatched in being able to analyse the logic of this as some of it ties to two female characters in the book who are clearly very dangerous, but not others. His exploration of female sexuality certainly creates ill-ease which seems to be the point. It would be lovely to think this is by design to cause discomfort in men who are threatened by female sexuality, and by female independent power. Certainly many men fall victim to it here, many men who are greedy but are consumed by the far less structured or controllable greed of a sexually empowered woman who gets what she wants. It's just hard not to feel some undercurrent of hatred or fear of this in the writing.
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