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No Country for Old Men | [Cormac McCarthy]

No Country for Old Men

Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.
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Publisher's Summary

Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    James Chicago, IL, United States 08-30-05
    James Chicago, IL, United States 08-30-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Without qualification: recommended"

    This is a book to be numberered among the greats. It will prove at times terrifying, sage, provoking and reflective. It is never boring or predictable. I had no idea who the author was nor who the reader was. I became an instant fan of both. It is a book that has the power to force a reader or listener to rethink where he has been and where he is going. I recommend it without qualification.

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    John Great Falls, VA, USA 08-28-05
    John Great Falls, VA, USA 08-28-05 Member Since 2013
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    "No ending for good book"

    The NYT review certainly nails one aspect; this book gets off to an excellent start, but the ending meanders off into some private desert where the narrative momentum dissipates. The book starts like Die Hard but ends on a very different key; the sheriff who provides some first-person framing of the narrative at the start of the book moves to center stage. It's almost like two very different stories spliced into a single book. McCarthy is an excellent author, with a good ear for dialogue. His writing is spare, sometimes too spare; passages will start "He went to the hotel..." and continue for several paragraphs on pronouns until you figure out who "he" is and which hotel he went to. This is a book that makes you work to get its sense. However, if you don't mind reading a story in which the ending isn't all Hollywood, then take a chance; No Country for Old Men has a gritty realism to it that is lacking in much modern fiction. The narrator is excellent, capturing and conveying each character's essence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jon College Place, WA, United States 08-17-05
    Jon College Place, WA, United States 08-17-05

    I listen to two audiobooks a month. My main interest is in a well-told story, so I enjoy a lot of fiction. But I like history as well

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    "A good story, well-written and very well-narrated"

    The characters in this novel have depth, and even though you don't like some of them, you still want to know more about them. The plot is about money, crime, love, passion. The theme is the eternal unity and difference of good and evil, and the setting is Texas. Everything fits together very well. The characters and the plot are as big and diverse as the setting, and the theme is recurrent and thought-provoking. The narration is superb. You can't miss here. But one thing could be irritating, having to do with resolution. But don't let that stop you. If you like adventure, mystery, and a philosophical exploration of good and evil in our time, listen to this book!

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    Sam A. Lewis Bloomington, IL USA 08-09-05
    Sam A. Lewis Bloomington, IL USA 08-09-05 Member Since 2011

    Shocked at how many books I have listened to. If these were physical books added to my home library I would force abandon this abode.

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    "Raw and Sinewy"

    Parts of this book are absolutely brilliant. And the parts in between are good. Macarthy makes the surrounding country a strong charater in the story. The violence is dazzling, and disturbing. Stechschulte?s narrative performance is excellent. I had at least two driveway moments while listening to this. However, I kept thinking that the sheriff would play a bigger role in this story than just narrative overview. Even though the story just peters out with the sheriff, it is still a damn good tale.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gaetan Godin London Ontario 06-04-06
    Gaetan Godin London Ontario 06-04-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Odd book"

    Author kills off all the main characters and does not have enough resources to end the story. So it just stops.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca roxburgh, New Zealand 06-03-08
    Rebecca roxburgh, New Zealand 06-03-08 Member Since 2012
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    "oh so droll"

    The story starts well and clips along a a good pace suddenly it just stops! no wrapping up of characters or even a satisfactory conclusion.... then the real purpose of the book begins the writers platform for the introduction weak moralist diatribe and of course a bit of God thrown in - Big waste of time if it hadn't been on my i-pod I would have thrown it across the room.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Robert New York, NY, United States 12-03-05
    Robert New York, NY, United States 12-03-05 Member Since 2004
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    "just fine -- but hardly a great book"

    This novel has somehow acquired a reputation that doesn't match the reality: it's an interesting book and I enjoyed reading it, but the writer has no terrific command of language, character, or plot. The best parts are those that take us into the unfamiliar world of Aghanistan over the last 30 years. I was not particular taken with the protagonist and often felt that the author was throwing in elements (like a homosexual rape and a redeeming later romance) that he felt could make his book sell.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 08-15-05
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 08-15-05 Member Since 2014

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    "Read Any Good Books Lately?"

    I could not finish this book. After beautiful and haunting descriptions of the desert, it became one long and unnecessarily violent chase scene. Ugh. No thanks. And there were no suitable parts for women.

    This is number four in a series of unreadable tomes I have downloaded from audible.com. Audible, take heed, please. The advance advertising on many of these works is inaccurate and oversells them to desperate readers like me. If this alarming trend continues, I will have to go back to analog reading - either tapes or the printed page.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-08-06
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    "Evil is groovy"

    This author likes his killer and evil itself too much, and his decent characters too little.

    For the first half of the book, things are ok. The bad guys chase the good guy who is chasing the main chance, and taking a huge chance. You care about the good guy and you suspend disbelief about his predicament.

    Then every good person and value in the book is betrayed along with those people who have been foolish enough to buy it and listen to it.

    I would give it no stars if that were possible, I think readers are held hostage to the author's pretentions.

    Without a doubt, he thinks that one must always paint life as completely sucky in any perpetration of "great literature".

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jazzman 05-06-06
    Jazzman 05-06-06 Member Since 2011
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    "no country for anyone"

    Perhaps I was confused but I saw no redeeming value in senseless killing and revenge. I thought this was a very unfortunate book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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