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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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    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 08-24-05
    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 08-24-05
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    "Prepare to be really depressed!"

    I wouldn't even give this one star, but you have to if you want to review it and I want to warn other listeners -- DON'T BOTHER!! It's endlessly violent with no resolution of any kind on any level.

    The premise is a good one -- old codger reflects philosophically -- but the execution is just plain miserable.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James Grosse Pointe Park, MI, United States 03-01-08
    James Grosse Pointe Park, MI, United States 03-01-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Plagiarized?"

    Loved the book. Amazed how he can consistently make the most violent scene poetic. Having said that, am I the only one that feels the book is a bit of a rip off from another book. Can't say the author, but I believe the title is "Blood Meridian."

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    "No Country for Old Men"

    Very trite story. Avoid this book.

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    John Trinidad, CO, USA 05-29-07
    John Trinidad, CO, USA 05-29-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Tiring"

    This book starts out interesting seeming to go someplace then when you are interested it seems like the author just got tired of the story and changed gears. A poor quality ending.

    If I knew what it was going to be like I would never have wasted my time or credit on it. Just glad I did not buy it in a bookstore and pay more.

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