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No Country for Old Men (book)

44 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Cormac McCarthy.

Starred Review. Seven years afterCities of the Plainbrought 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 … see full wiki

Author: Cormac McCarthy
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Knopf
13 reviews about No Country for Old Men (book)
review by . December 11, 2007
Am I gone soft, rating three of the last four books I've read as classics? Well I think not, because of the widely divergent subjects: Les Miserables, Moneyball, and No Country for Old Men, about as disparate as any three books could be. But, as I said in reviewing Moneyball, don't prejudge a book by its subject. And the subjects of these books are only matched by the ability of the authors to write superbly about them.    McCarthy writes this spare, tense novel in short sentences, …
review by . June 03, 2010
   Cormac McCarthy's "No Country For Old Men" is like an update/hybrid of both the thriller and western genres.   It's a relentless, merciless story of a man who discovers and absconds with a cache of drug money (Llewelyn), a hired killer who will stop at nothing to track him down (Chigurh), and an aging sheriff (Bell) who can't understand the motivations driving this younger generation.      McCarthy's spare prose creates claustrophobic scenes for …
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
A suspense-ridden page turner by one of America's most timeless authors.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
A dark and gruesome look at the power and dangers of greed.
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
movie was better
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Good Book, Great Story, Interesting, catchy, gets you involved every chapter
Quick Tip by . June 06, 2010
Better than the movie
review by . October 29, 2008
No Country For Old Men
'No Country For Old Men' starts fast, with a violent murder of a young deputy by a chained prisoner. Then it switches to Llewelyn Moss, who's out hunting antelope when he stumbles across three trucks and multiple dead men in the middle of nowhere. In the back of one truck is Mexican brown heroin, in the back of another two million dollars in a case. Moss takes the money and heads home, but after waking up in the middle of the night decides to go back to the scene. Big mistake, this time he's not …
review by . February 06, 2006
Years back, Kirk Douglas starred in a dark masterpiece called "Lonely Are The Brave." A cowboy was living out the old code in a modern era. The Dalton Trumbull screenplay and Douglas's performance left me sad for the passing of an age.     Cormac McCarthy evokes this passing of ages theme in "No Country For Old Men."     Llewelyn Moss, a welder from small-town nowhere is out hunting antelope when he comes across a modern day massacre. No circled wagons here. …
review by . August 13, 2005
Like all of the McCarthy works I've read, this is a suberbly written, raw and stunningly violent novel. It is also, unlike especially his masterpiece Blood Meridian, a quick and easy (which does not mean comfortable or comforting) read: a thriller with a rigorous plot and pace.     I won't repeat details that have already been included in other reviews, but did think one point worth mentioning that I haven't seen in the other reviews. One feature of this novel that stands out …
review by . December 27, 2005
"Yeah, Wendell said. I guess you ought to be careful cussin the dead.  I would say at the least there probably aint no luck in it.  It's just a bunch of Mexican drugrunners.  They were. They aint now.  I aint sure what you're saying.  I'm just saying that whatever they were the only thing they are now is dead.  I'll have to sleep on that."  (No Country For Old Men, Page 73)    Sleep is something in short supply …
review by . August 27, 2005
Cormac McCarthy in his current novel NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN distills all that was fine in his previous novels, siphoning off the rambling verbal romance with the countryside, and keying in on character in a manner far more successful than ever. His language is so pungent and spare while saying volumes that this book could literally be turned into a script for a film without much doctoring. He tells a fascinatingly gory tale of crime in the realm of drug trafficking along the border of Texas and …
review by . October 10, 2005
Pros: Readability, depth of character      Cons: Sparser than his normal style      The Bottom Line: A faster read than most other McCarthy novels, still interesting and fun, but without the usual McCarthy style.      The style of No Country For Old Men is a significant departure from the other McCarthy novels I have read. For Delillo fans, it is like the shift from Underworld to The Hand Artist or Cosmopolis. In both cases, the author's …
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