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Gory, Intense, Engrossing, and Beautiful. Those are the first wo

Gory, Intense, Engrossing, and Beautiful. Those are the first words coming to mind when I hear No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy. This novel is near perfect. Cormac’s unique writing style suits the book entirely well and does the story itself justice. Aside from...
Gory, Intense, Engrossing, and Beautiful. Those are the first words coming to mind when I hear No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy. This novel is near perfect. Cormac’s unique writing style suits the book entirely well and does the story itself justice. Aside from the superb writing, the story is entrancing and entertaining. The non-stop action and bizarre protagonists can keep even the smallest attention span intrigued. Lleweyn Moss finds millions of dollars in the desert and decides to keep it for himself. Little does he know that the most brilliant hit man in the entire south is right on his tail. Moss tries to keep his wife and the money safe at the same time, although has trouble juggling the two. We find Moss often times trying to find unique contortions and contraptions to hide the money but this brutal hit man isn’t falling for any of it, killing almost everyone he comes in contact with in order to obtain his prize. Alongside This hit man is the entire Mexican drug cartel, striving to conceive this case of money. Moss has a run in with all of these people and continues to survive these intense scuffles but when he realizes he has to leave the sate is when he also realizes that his luck may be running out. Detective Bell, a long time Sherriff in a small county in Texas is on these men’s tail also trying to get to the bottom of all the murders and guns fired in his once small, peaceful community. A true tail of cat and mouse that will have you biting your nails to the last flip of the page. Get ready for some late nights because it will be very hard for you to put down this book until you have turned all 350 pages of this seemingly easy read. 5 stars. Fantastic.

posted by Anonymous on September 16, 2012

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

No Reason to Read this Old Book

As a regional writer('Esther's Race', Cloquet River Press, 2007 ISBN 97809792175001), I am always willing to learn from a master. So when all the accolades came down from on high about Mr. McCarthy's billiant prose, I had to pick up something he'd written and give it a ...
As a regional writer('Esther's Race', Cloquet River Press, 2007 ISBN 97809792175001), I am always willing to learn from a master. So when all the accolades came down from on high about Mr. McCarthy's billiant prose, I had to pick up something he'd written and give it a go. So I trundled off to my local indie bookstore and bought a copy of 'No Country', thinking that I was going to be in for a treat. Wrong, wrong, wrong. What I got was a book long on senseless violence and sociopathic brooding with none of the poinancy of say, 'Silence of the Lambs.' The story moves along as if the ultimate goal is to dishearten and disgust, not tantalize and excite. I for one can get plenty depressed and morose for a lot less money--by reading the daily newspaper--rather than wasting days and dollars on a novel that would have been rejected by any publisher but for the author's name attached to it. To be fair, I didn't want my first and only exposure to McCarthy's writing to be based upon this piece of tripe so I did the unthinkable and went back to the same bookstore and bought a copy of 'The Road.' Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is a fine novel. Written in starkness and with all the bleak shades of gray that McCarthy should have used in 'Old Men' (where the only color of the rainbow is black) had he seen fit to write something worthy of posterity. 'The Road' is everything that 'Old Men' isn't: beautifully written, gloriously themed and supremely plotted. 'The Road' is like the best of Neil Young's music--stark, mystical yet heartfelt. In comparison,'Old Men' reads like purposeless heavy metal noise.

posted by Anonymous on March 13, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2014

    Spelling

    I don't no if the Author did the wording on spite. Like add words that should not be there or no one proff read the book. Or that's how he wanted the people to speak Anyway its a good story. Guess I'm gone to have to watch the movie.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

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    Highly Recommended

    I grew up reading Hemingway, where all the dialog was written by hand so there wouldn't be too much of it. This novel explores the other side, where the dialog is the story. There is much here to be discovered.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    Fast paced thriller

    No slow start in this thriller - the murder of a deputy and escape of a sadistic killer; the fortuitous find by the hunter, Moss, amidst the corps of a Mexican drugs war gone wrong; propels the reader into the heart of the action immediately. But then Moss makes a stupid decision, and the hunter becomes the hunted. The writing style is spare, with short clipped sentences that help to keep the action moving apace. Sheriff Bell is investigating the deaths, which are occurring all over the state, and he is trying to get to Moss before the sadistic killer does. He appears to have an affinity for Moss and his young wife, Carla Jean, it could be because they remind him of himself and his wife when they were younger. But as the gruesome end unfolds, we learn that Sheriff Bell carries a secret, he made an error of judgement when he was younger and it has haunted him all his life, and he wants to save Moss and Carla Jean from making a similar error. I enjoyed the novel, but I think the film was better, mainly because whilst a film can be carried by plot and action, I think a novel needs to be carried by a stronger theme throughout. The theme which links Moss' actions to actions taken by Sheriff Bell when he was younger feels tagged on near the end. A week after finishing this book I wasn't still thinking about the theme in the way I did when I read The Road by the same author.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    Fast paced thriller

    No slow start in this thriller - the murder of a deputy and escape of a sadistic killer; the fortuitous find by the hunter, Moss, amidst the corps of a Mexican drugs war gone wrong; propels the reader into the heart of the action immediately. But then Moss makes a stupid decision, and the hunter becomes the hunted. The writing style is spare, with short clipped sentences that help to keep the action moving apace. Sheriff Bell is investigating the deaths, which are occurring all over the state, and he is trying to get to Moss before the sadistic killer does. He appears to have an affinity for Moss and his young wife, Carla Jean, it could be because they remind him of himself and his wife when they were younger. But as the gruesome end unfolds, we learn that Sheriff Bell carries a secret, he made an error of judgement when he was younger and it has haunted him all his life, and he wants to save Moss and Carla Jean from making a similar error. I enjoyed the novel, but I think the film was better, mainly because whilst a film can be carried by plot and action, I think a novel needs to be carried by a stronger theme throughout. The theme which links Moss' actions to actions taken by Sheriff Bell when he was younger feels tagged on near the end. A week after finishing this book I wasn't still thinking about the theme in the way I did when I read The Road by the same author.

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

    Probably better if you haven't seen the movie

    With a few exceptions, most titles are better in the written form than as movies. That is what I was hoping when I purchased this book. However, the directors of the movie stuck to the book extremely closely. I am positive I would have enjoyed the book more if I hadn't seen the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2008

    Not so punctual

    Great story, and fantastic character in Chigurh, but the writing style got annoying. There's so little punctuation, and so little difference in voice between most characters, I found myself re-reading pages to make sure that the person I thought said something had actually said it. The lack of punctuation is a stylistic choice that I like in many other books but if you make that choice, the structure of the language has to compensate for the missing punctuation, at least enough to avoid confusion. I most cases, one comma or period would've done the trick.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2005

    Moral: Don't take what isn't yours

    By chance Moss stumbles upon a crime scene and helps himself to the spoils. Thus begins the chase where, no matter what he does to avoid detection, his efforts don't appear good enough. Along the way we meet a variety of characters, some who last awhile, most who don't. Pretty good concept. What interfered with the journey was the non-punctuated dialogue, sparse at times, verbose at others, which kept me constantly going back and rereading to make sure I had the character comments correct. Some of the scenes also begged reality too much. And the constant jumping back and forth between characters (and stories) interrupted the flow. In the end, while I was not unhappy I read this work, I wouldn't read it again. Too much work for too little reward. And it wouldn't be on my top ten recommendation list. But, I will think twice about taking a satchel full of money that doesn't belong to me.

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