No Country for Old Men Paperback
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Both are 5 star entertainment.
I look forward to reading more of McCarthy's work.
This is an excellent book but I'd recommend reading the book before the film as they feel like one and the same thing.
It begins with a drug deal gone wrong; a regular guy making the wrong decisions, and the bad guy whose decisions are linked with fate, who is hired to kill him.
No Country explores the differences/similarities of Chance versus Choices in a world where a man's life rests on the toss of a coin and the decision to do the right thing leaves another man regretting his actions.
It's a violent book because it is about violence. How violence isn't new and it will always exist, as explored further in McCarthy's The Road amongst others.
Presiding over the mayhem is the local voice of the Sheriff, and you can't help but hear the melodic southern tones of Tommy Lee Jones when reading these passages. Sheriff Bell, along with the psychopathic Chigurh, offers deep insights into the nature of violence and man's choices which leaves you feeling you should really re-read this book sometime. There is a lot to think about.
McCarthy's complete disregard for speech marks gives his narrative a stark realism and paradoxically adds an authentic voice to the dialogue, however, it can get confusing when labouring through pages of dialogue between two people - he makes you concentrate but maybe this is his aim?
Never before have I read a sentence which contains the word "and" a dozen or more times and been blown away by the beauty of the prose. The repetition of these key words creates a lilting melody to the prose and amplifies McCarthy's descriptive imagery. It is truly amazing.
So, a fast paced bloody thriller with a soul - recommended to anyone who likes to think a little aswell as be entertained.
Like all the best novels, this drags you in relentlessly and makes you live the moment. You wish that there could be a happy ending but as the writer says, there are no happy endings. The world is what it is, good or bad.
A work of authentic and creative genius. I look forward to reading his other novels