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No Country for Old Men

McCarthy, Cormac, 1933- (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
No Country for Old Men


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Llewelyn Moss is hunting antelope near the Texas/Mexico border when he stumbles upon several dead men, a big stash of heroin, and more than two million dollars in cash. He takes off with the money--and the hunter becomes the hunted. A drug cartel hires a former Special Forces agent to track down the loot, and a ruthless killer joins the chase as well. Also looking for Moss is the aging Sheriff Bell, a World War II veteran who may be Moss' only hope for survival.
Authors: McCarthy, Cormac, 1933-
Statement of Responsibility: Cormac McCarthy
Title: No country for old men
Publisher: New York :, Knopf,, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 309 p. ; 22 cm.
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Report This Mar 29, 2013
  • pea46 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book after I had seen the movie twice; otherwise it might have been a bit hard to follow. This turned out to be one of the best books I've ever read - I couldn't put it down. Although it is violent, it is also very thought-provoking. The love story of the Sheriff and his wife was endearing, which is related throughout the book. So I found this book to be engrossing from start to finish. Even if you haven't seen the movie, this book is well worth reading.

Report This Feb 12, 2013
  • rolfmu rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Like "All the Pretty Horses" the book had me totally hooked. McCarthy"s realism is deeply disturbing and yet the sometimes overwhelming negativism is tempered throughout with insights and tenderness which take the breath away.

Report This Jan 20, 2013
  • ambergrey100 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book has everything. Great characters, action, superb writing and the best every storyline. The best story every written in the English language in my humble opinion.

Report This Nov 29, 2012
  • stewstealth rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very good book that led to a very good movie. Unique writing style has the dialogue leap from the page. Well worth reading whether you have seen the movie or not.

Report This Oct 02, 2012
  • bookwormjeph rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I saw the movie first then read the book. I was impressed as to the accuracy of the movie-even down to the dialogue as word for word in some places. However I found the book to be superior and a damn fine read, especially into the mind of the main character.

Probably the best writing of what I like to call proto-noir style. disturbing insights on vacous soulessness of the secular world.

A terrific read. McCarthy has a very unique writing style. The book is quite violent but the characters are vivid and it is hard to put down. I would recommend the film as well.

Report This Apr 02, 2011
  • Truffs rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

McCarthy texan rhetoric - similar to Western style in 'All the Pretty Horses. Interesting murder situation - revealed in bits and pieces

Report This Dec 18, 2008
  • vickiz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This plainspoken book is riveting, emotionally stunning, a marvel. Its rapid-fire juxtaposition of harsh, abrupt violence, unexpected thoughtfulness, enduring tenderness and wry wit is unforgettable. Its themes have Biblical majesty. That one of the strongest ethical statements comes from the most twisted, perverse characters is a haunting conundrum. Equally haunting is the Bells' love story, which underpins the entire story.

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Report This Mar 29, 2013
  • pea46 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

pea46 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Report This Dec 21, 2008
  • vickiz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I had two dreams about him after he died. I dont remember the first one all that well but it was about meetin him in town somewheres and he give me some money and I think I lost it. But the second one it was like we was both back in older times and I was on horseback goin through the mountains of a night. Goin through this pass in the mountains. It was cold and there was snow on the ground and he rode past me and kept on goin. Never said nothin. He just rode on past and he had this blanket wrapped around him and he had his head down and when he rode past I seen he was carryin fire in a horn the way people used to do and I could see the horn from the light inside of it. About the color of the moon. And in the dream I knew that he was goin on ahead and that he was fixin to make a fire somewhere out there in all that dark and all that cold and I knew that whenever I got there he would be there. And then I woke up.

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