No Country for Old Men Paperback – 4 Jan 2008
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No Country for Old Men is a severed head and shoulders over anything else written in America this year. (Independent on Sunday)
A Western thriller with a racy plot and punchy dialogue, perfect for a lazy Sunday. (The Times)
[An] utterly absorbing, chilling tale . . . One of the most sinister characters in modern American fiction. (Herald)
A fast, powerful read, steeped with a deep sorrow about the moral degradation of the legendary American West. (Financial Times)
It's hard to think of a contemporary writer more worth reading. (Independent)
Set along a bloody frontier in our own time, this is Cormac McCarthy’s first novel since Cities of the Plain completed his acclaimed, bestselling Border Trilogy.
‘No Country for Old Men is a compelling, harrowing, disturbing, sad, endlessly surprising and resonant novel’ Robert Edric, Spectator--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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Set in the early 1980s in Texas, the story revolves around three men. First is Llewelyn Moss, a rugged, capable Vietnam vet in his late '30s or so, who lives an honest life, likes a good time, has a sense of humor, and is the kind of handy everyman that makes for a good protagonist. The story opens with him out hunting antelope near the Rio Grande. in the course of which he discovers the aftermath of a heroin deal gone bad: several shot up pickups and a lot of dead Mexicans. He also tracks down a case containing several million dollars, and doesn't hesitate to grab it.
The second main character is Sheriff Bell, a rugged, reflective, weary old-timer in whose county the killings occurred. He speaks to the reader directly in monologues throughout the book, tying the country's history of violence to the violence of the story's events as he tries to figure out just what is going on. These can be rather cheesy and hokey at times, but that's part of the point -- their style established the Sheriff's as a man of the past. The future is embodied by the final man in the trinity, Anton Chigurh.Read more ›
Forty-five-year-old Sheriff Ed Tom Bell must deal with the growing amorality affecting his small border town as a result of the drug trade. The old "rules" do not apply, and Bell faces a wave of violence involving at least ten murders. Running parallel with Bell's investigation of these murders is the story of Llewelyn Moss, a resident of Bell's town, who, while hunting in the countryside, has uncovered a bloody massacre and a truck containing a huge shipment of heroin. He has also discovered and stolen a case containing two million dollars of drug money, which results in his frantic run from hired hitmen. Hunting Moss is Anton Chigurh, a sociopathic cartel avenger, a Satan who will stop at nothing, the antithesis of the thoughtful and kindly Bell. A rival hitman named Wells is, in turn, stalking Chigurh.
By far McCarthy's most exciting and suspenseful novel in recent years, the story speeds along, the body count rising in shocking scenes of depravity.Read more ›
The setting is Texas, and the title of the book may be a simile for what is happening in our world and in Texas. Llewellyn Moss, a young cowboy, who works hard for a living and is out hunting antelope, stumbles upon millions of dollars, drugs and 8 dead men in the Texas desert and highland. He does what many of us would do, he takes the money. He understands that his life will never be the same, but it is worth it, isn't it? Money is trouble and Moss is in for as much trouble as anyone could imagine. He has his wife move from their trailer to her mom's to keep her safe. And, Moss, well Moss goes looking for that trouble. And, Zagnorch? Well, find out for yourself.
The character that I am intrigued with is Anton Chigurh. We meet him via a murder in which Chigurh goes from being handcuffed by a West Texas county deputy to driving away in his patrol car, splattered with blood. The telling of the murder is so gory, your heart stops but for a second. The heartlessness of Chigurh is burned into our memory, he will allow some of his victims to flip a coin for their life, but that is just as grizzly as the murders.
The dignity and honor of Moss is contrasted with the heartlessness of Chigurh.Read more ›
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Highly recommended by a trusted friend. I read it eagerly; expecting a new insight, but found myself wading through the same old hokum. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Merton Parker
Draws you in from the start, fast pace and excellent writing. Just a bit disappointed with the change of pace at the endPublished 2 months ago by Tracy, Sheffield
No country for old men ! No kidding. All the men in this book seemed to think and act like dim witted young men full of vim and anger and violence. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chris Reed
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Not as good as the film, imho. The ending was way too drawn out and the book sort of faded away.Published 4 months ago by S. Band