No Country for Old Men
No Country for Old Men
No Country for Old Men
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Set in our own time along the bloody frontier between Texas and Mexico, this is Cormac McCarthy's first novel since Cities of the Plain completed his acclaimed, best-selling Border Trilogy.
Llewelyn Moss, hunting antelope near the Rio Grande, instead finds men shot dead, a load of heroin, and more than $2 million in cash. Packing the money out, he knows, will change everything. But only after two more men are murdered does a victim's burning car lead Sheriff Bell to the carnage out in the desert, and he soon realizes how desperately Moss and his young wife need protection. One party in the failed transaction hires an ex-Special Forces officer to defend his interests against a mesmerizing freelancer, while on either side are men accustomed to spectacular violence and mayhem. The pursuit stretches up and down and across the border, each participant seemingly determined to answer what one asks another: how does a man decide in what order to abandon his life?
A harrowing story of a war that society is waging on itself, and an enduring meditation on the ties of love and blood and duty that inform lives and shape destinies, No Country for Old Men is a novel of extraordinary resonance and power.

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| 3 out of 5 Stars!

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MENI had a really hard time following the story line. With hardly any distinctive quotation marks and punctuation, I couldn't tell right away who the narrator was for each chapter until half way through each one. There were no quotation marks, so at first I didn't know where dialog began or ended. I know this is an artistic style of writing, but personally I have a hard time following it.

And my apologies again to all those who raved about this book, because the story was fantastic. What helped me a lot was watching the movie a few days after finishing the book, and it helped put the chapters together for me. As I watched the movie, I saw that the script followed almost to a tee the original book, including a lot of the dialog. This is the type of book that I think one needs to read more than once to really appreciate it. I do recommend the book to those who are true book fans, and who can appreciate a different style of writing.

With all that said, here's a short summary of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN: Chigurh is a loner, a man that has only one business in mind - killing. Moss is a man that happens to come upon a stash of money in the millions, and while he is perfectly aware that there must be someone out there looking for it, he doesn't immediately know that one of the many who want that money back is Chigurh. Moss also is about to find out how good Chigurh is when it comes to getting what he wants, and getting rid of people who get in his way or detract him from a job well done. There is also the sheriff who knows Moss is on the run, and that Chigurh is on Moss's trail. It's a race against time as the sheriff tries to prevent another killing.

This is one very violent story, and while I said I had a difficult time with the writing style, it is still a very good tale and one that I will not forget for many years to come. One thing that stands out is the highly descriptive writing. One can picture in detail every thing that is happening. I suggest that all who read this book watch the movie as well, because both complement each other. I rarely will watch a movie and read a book that the movie was based on, mainly because it's rare to find a movie turn out as good as the original book. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN is an exception.

| 4 out of 5 Stars!

Cormac McCarthy is considered middle-aged man who is growing disillusioned about his job and finds himself in the middle of a crime spree that's the worst in his career.More significantly, Moss is also being hunted moving story; the ending, however, is a bit of a letdown.For this reason, I am giving this book four starts, albeit a high four stars.If you like action stories with a more "literary" bent, this is a good choice.

| 2 out of 5 Stars!

No Country for Old Men begins promisingly enough. After a brief rumination about sending a killer to death row a stone killer who proceeds to dispatch (while wearing handcuffs, no less)first the deputy who has arrested him and then an unlucky motorist whose car he subsequently absconds with. The two killings are bloody and brutal and readers are surely in store for a modern-day shoot-`em-up with a literary flair. It is Cormac McCarthy, after all.

We then meet another character, one Llewelyn Moss, who happens upon a drug deal gone bad. Along with some dead bodies (and one live one), Moss finds a truckload of heroin and a satchel containing several million dollars. He takes the money, heads home, hides it under a bed, and then returns to the area about twelve hours later with a jug of water because he feels guilty about abandoning a thirsty drug dealer. Of course, he runs into the owners of the money, they give chase, and the game is afoot.

Chigurh is hot on Moss's trail, leaving numerous dead bodies in his wake. Sheriff Bell is after the drug dealers and tries to save Moss from the deadly clutches of the bad guys (including Chigurh) after him. Moss gets shot. Chigurh gets a load of buckshot in his leg. There's a bloody shootout involving Chigurh and numerous bad guys. In the midst of all this mayhem, the narrative is interrupted every so often won truths with whoever will listen.

McCarthy manages to paint a vivid picture of Texas at the Mexican border, but when two of the main characters in the book disappear and the reader fails to care, something is very wrong with the narrative. especially when Sheriff Bell's musings increased from a page and a half to four pages. There's only so much homespun philosophizing one can take.

| 5 out of 5 Stars!

This is an extraordinarily complex and nuanced novel masquerading as a shoot 'em up.Like other of McCarthy's stories, the novel is propelled moving plot, the message seems to be inescapably dark: evil is afoot in the world, and we lack the tools and the will to defeat it.Our only small victories come from love and trust and as much selflessness as we can muster.

The writing is extraordinary.McCarthy's style is of course mannered, but his words flow from the page and the voices of his characters are remarkably clear.The book is a delight to anyone who loves the language and loves to see it used well, and the story works on so many levels that it is difficult to imagine anyone -- apart from those who find violence offensive --who will not find something to take away from this novel.

| 5 out of 5 Stars!

If you like your conflicts fully resolved, you may want to look elsewhere; if you're bothered year-old, female hitchhiker, who proves to be too much of a distraction.

About two-thirds of the way through the book, the focus switches from Llewelyn to Sheriff Bell, who's trying to save Llewelyn from himself. There's more quirky point of view stuff going on here as McCarthy has Bell tell us what he's thinking in first person, then switches immediately to third, still using Bell as a focus. Bell philosophizes about how he's never seen criminals quite as bad as these drug pushers. He never really believed in Satan until confronted with these people. McCarthy does like to preach occasionally and Bell is a willing stand-in; he indicts not only the drug pushers, but also the people who buy them, and he also seems to hint at some kind of organized crime syndicate that is intentionally chipping away at the American character, hence the title NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.

I have to admit that I was completely caught off guard by what happened to Llewelyn Moss. It happens after a jump cut, and I kept thinking McCarthy was playing some kind of trick on the reader. No such luck. McCarthy is just as ruthless as Chigurh, the hit man. And there's another surprise in story when it comes time to resolve Sheriff Bell's story arc. You won't believe that one either.

| 5 out of 5 Stars!

'It's a mess, aint it Sheriff?' 'If it aint it'll do till a mess gets here.' "Sheriff Bell's deputy says to him. And, yes, what a hell of a mess.305 pages of a riveting book that I read in almost one sitting. I could not stop reading. The "old man" of the book if there is one, is Sheriff Bell. And his wife, Loretta, is the calming influence. Bell's voice is heard through out this book, in italicized version; we recognize that his down to earth common sense views are sure to calm down the violence that starts on page 4. The first murder, and then the second on page 5 and...

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. We are rooting for Moss, and we understand this may be a little foolishness on our part.As Sheriff Bell says,the problems with our society now starts with the lack of manners. No one says, yes sir, anymore and it is all down hill from there.The lessons stated and learned in Cormac McCarthy's new book are many. We understand we are in the presence of a literary genius. Such a well written and played out novel.

As Sheriff Bell states, "I think if you were Satan and you were settin' around tryin' to think up somethin' that would just bring the human race to its knees what you would probably come up with is narcotics." Money is the root of all evil.Millions of dollars may be equitable to evil, but wouldn't we all like to have a chance to experience it? Anton Chigurh may be likened to evil; will we look evil in the face again?

Highly recommended.

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