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 haunted. 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.
Raw and lean, No Country for Old Men is another masterpiece from one of America's acclaimed novelists.
©2005 Cormac McCarthy; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LCC
"No Country for Old Men gets off to a riveting start as a sort of new wave, hard-boiled Western....Harrowing, propulsive drama." (The New York Times)
"A mesmerizing modern-day western....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." (Publishers Weekly)
"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. McCarthy fans will revel in the author's renderings of the raw landscapes of Mexico and the Southwest and the precarious souls scattered along the border that separates the two." (Booklist)
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The greatest sad story. This is my second read. I'm teaching it too. I find the style so different. So unique. Makes me want to read more of his writing. I read/watch The Sunset Limited which shares some of the themes and style. Cormac McCarthy makes me want to be a better writer.
If you are looking for a book where just about everybody dies, the ones who live don't seem to accomplish anything, and ends with about as much closure as the conclusion of a first chapter… No Country for Old Men is your book:/
My second Cormac McCarthy novel (the Road) and it did not disappoint. Better than the movie, and Chigurh is as disturbing a villain as you'll find. The performance was top notch, well matched to the story.
I liked the plot of how a man does a wrong thing & then tries to right it only to be punished for it. I liked Anton & his determination to keep his promises no matter how horrible they are.
This book is very entertaining. It was not a bit dull, and it certainly wasn't predictable (even though I have seen the film). This book asked a lot of deep questions and brought up important themes such as change in a person's life. I highly recommend it to anyone.
I enjoy spy, military, psychological, technical and fiction based in reality and science. I really value intimate, thorough writing.
The author doesnt spoon feed you everything. The ambiguity of alot of things make it easier to relate to. If you were in the situation you wouldn't get all the answers spelled out for you. I really felt like i was there
I also enjoy all the philosophical exposition. It was just enough to shape your thinking for the events of the book
I would compare it to the Film The Counselor. Lots of philosophical rants but the story itself is just one angle of an event. It really helps illustrate the panic when its told through a few lenses rather than an omniscient stand point.
Probably Wells and Moss talking in person. This did a really good job of establishing all my favorite elements of the story and its characters. Well's professionalism through his demeanor, Moss's downward spiral through his scrambling and Anton as a force of nature through Well's opinion of him.
Anton Chigurh. His disposition and views are interesting. His mentality seems to be that of a animal with detective and military training.
No additional comments. I don't want to hold anyone up from starting this book.
A face only a mother could love
The mental pictures the author created was impressive, even down to the smallest detail.
A very well written story!!
I liked the villain Antawn Shaguhr. He was incredibly ruthless throughout the entire story.
His cold-blooded and calculating ways were very disturbing.
Again, it was Antawn Shaguhr in the way his speaking manner was so deadpan, but at the same time you could feel the twisted hatred in his words.
Evil is Only a Step Away
A fabulous story that I will never ever forget. The narrator Tom Stechschulte's performance was spectacular as well. He did an amazing job of depicting the wide array of characters throughout the story. I will listen to this one more than once.
The book is incredible. The spare, run-on writing style: I loved the sentences like "He took the key, and got out of the car, and opened the door, and walked in the room, and sat down, and turned on the TV." (That's not a quote, just an imitation...) The plot is a great mix of cliche and subverting expectations. Do not expect the book to deliver on conventional terms.
The only thing though, is the way the narrator says the word "pocket", and he says it a lot! It's one of the most irritating things I've ever heard and it distracted me every time he said it. Other than that, he did a good job.
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