zodat, January 10, 2010 (view all comments by zodat)
a very unsettling look into the human being from several different types.An edge of your seat thriller.A cat and mouse chase with a surprising ending.
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Deepak, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Deepak)
No Country for Old Men has just the right amount of good writing, sinister characters and a wicked, fast paced storyline to keep the reader engaged. Thoroughly enjoyable
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lukas, September 19, 2007 (view all comments by lukas)
Mccarthy, whom some consider our greatest living novelist (that's not Philip Roth), delivers a more straight ahead, stripped down crime thriller, complete with a merciless villain, drug money, shoot outs, and lots of blood. It moves quickly and implacably, though Mccarthy's plotting is ocasionally contrived and the ending is unsatisfying. He is one of the few writers whose world is very much an Old Testament one of judgement, retribution, sin, and violent death. Easily his most readable novel and the basis for an upcoming Coen Brothers' film, which looks to be great.
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Seakayaker, April 11, 2007 (view all comments by Seakayaker)
I enjoy reading Cormac McCarthy novels. This was an enjoyable read but I enjoyed his writing in the Border Trilogy novels a lot more. 'No Country for Old Men' was an easy read with a plot that was fast paced and a story line that followed the violent world of drug trafficking along our southern boarders. I would suspect that it will make a fine Hollywood film in the near future.
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by C. P. Farley,
This may not be Cormac McCarthy's best book, or even one of the best books of the year (in fact, its construction is a bit incoherent), yet I remain a sucker for the peculiar blend of melancholy and savagery that permeates all of McCarthy's work. Frightening, depressing, bleak: don't miss it.
by C. P. Farley
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Seven years after Cities of the Plain brought his acclaimed Border Trilogy to a close, McCarthy returns with a mesmerizing modern-day western. In 1980 southwest Texas, Llewelyn Moss, hunting antelope near the Rio Grande, stumbles across several dead men, a bunch of heroin and $2.4 million in cash. The bulk of the novel is a gripping man-on-the-run sequence relayed in terse, masterful prose as Moss, who's taken the money, tries to evade Wells, an ex-Special Forces agent employed by a powerful cartel, and Chigurh, an icy psychopathic murderer armed with a cattle gun and a dangerous philosophy of justice. Also concerned about Moss's whereabouts is Sheriff Bell, an aging lawman struggling with his sense that there's a new breed of man (embodied in Chigurh) whose destructive power he simply cannot match. In a series of thoughtful first-person passages interspersed throughout, Sheriff Bell laments the changing world, wrestles with an uncomfortable memory from his service in WWII and — a soft ray of light in a book so steeped in bloodshed — rejoices in the great good fortune of his marriage. While the action of the novel thrills, it's the sensitivity and wisdom of Sheriff Bell that makes the book a profound meditation on the battle between good and evil and the roles choice and chance play in the shaping of a life. Agent, Amanda Urban. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Booklist (Starred Review),
"Shades of Dostoyevsky, Hemingway, and Faulkner resonate in McCarthy's blend of lyrical narrative, staccato dialogue, and action-packed scenes splattered with bullets and blood."
by Walter Kirn, The New York Times Book Review,
"[N]asty fun...a darting movie-ready narrative that rips along like hell on wheels....Such sinister high hokum might be ridiculous if McCarthy didn't keep it moving faster than the reader can pause to think about it."
by The Christian Science Monitor,
"The pace is deliberately grim and airless — the book has little of the space and quiet that resonated beneath All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing. As a result, the murders are numbing rather than moving..."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"With his stripped-down Marlboro Man prose, Cormac McCarthy knows how to write a bang-up Western thriller. But when he strives for grand mythic effect in the second half...his taut, suspenseful story quickly heads south. (Grade: B)"
by The Washington Post,
"[A]n entertaining novel from one of our best writers. Often seen as a fabulist and an engineer of dark morality tales, McCarthy is first a storyteller."
by Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times,
"No Country for Old Men would easily translate to the big screen so long as Bell's tedious, long-winded monologues were left on the cutting room floor — a move that would also have made this a considerably more persuasive novel."
In this modern-day Western--his first novel since "Cities of the Plain" completed his acclaimed, bestselling Border Trilogy--McCarthy pens a harrowing story of a war that society wages on itself, an enduring meditation of the ties of love and blood and duty that inform lives and shape destinies.
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