No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men

by Cormac McCarthy
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was a little odd but really a fun read. McCarthy has such a unique writing style that challenges the reader but also adds to this short novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sure this book isn't the typical book we are acustomed to reading. By that I refer to the style it is written and the way it speaks to you. Cormac does an excellent job at throwing you into a unknown world and making you believe it exists. I watched the film adaption of the book first and when i heard there was a book to it I bought it as soon as possible. Because as we all know film adaptions tend to skim on things. To my surprise the book was alot like the film minus the character development and more filling details the film did not provide. Plus the different ending. Interesting story to say the least.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you enjoy suspense? What about gunfighting? What about the desert? If you answered yes, then No Country for Old Men is definately for you! Cormac McCarthy uses detailed words and descriptive verbs to make you feel as if you are right there, first-handedly witnessing every event. The story realistically portrays the happenings of an extremely murderous fugitive and a wandering cowboy with a suitcase full of cash. McCarthy uses his words and imagery to paint lush landscapes and many crafty techniques to paint crafty pictures of the small Washington town in which the story takes place. The suspense of the novel comes from the seclusive nature of the events; You know something extreme could happen at any minute, but it stays unclear as to exactly when or how it may happen. This factor drew me to the novel greatly. The novel is unlike any other, in that it switches between two stories: One of the fugitive, and the other of the cowboy. It shows the paths they take, as those paths cross, one ends, and the other carries on. There are many unexpected events, such as suprise shootouts, random input from the sheriff on the hunt for the fugitive, and personal dilemnas, all leading up to an abrupt ending that will leave you completely and totally breathless. No Country For Old Men is a great story for any reader who loves action, suspense, vivid scenery, and much more. Cormac McCarthy has done great work in this novel, and I would highly recommend it to any reader who fits in any age group between young adult and elder. This is an exceptional piece of writing, and if I were you, I wouldn't hesitate to dig into it!
Anonymous 24 days ago
No Country for Old Men Review No Country for Old Men is an Intense and thrilling novel about four main characters all after one thing, a lot of Money. Llewelyn Moss, a poor Vietnam veteran crosses paths with 2.3 million dollars from a drug deal gone wrong, Which in turn leads to a chase across Southern Texas. All the characters fight for their lives in an attempt to strike it rich. McCarthy incorporates a distinct feature that not all books have, a narrator of sorts that is one of the Characters. Before every chapter Sheriff Ed Tom Bell has a Monologue and suggests he is looking back at the events and we can learn his feelings of guilt about World War 2, that he didn't do more and that he cannot control the evil that is spreading across America, which is one of the major themes of the book, and he feels useless. I also liked the way he put the story into words, with a seemingly simple storyline he includes a lot of different perspectives to one story in a neat way. I also liked characterization of those in the book, the Monologues let you know the sheriff's personality, the text lets you discover how the psychopathic hitman converses and acts around those he come in contact with and the position Llewelyn puts himself in shapes his character. You should not read this if you don't like intense movies with violent and illegal events. I would highly advise you to read this book as it is an interesting story and the time frame the author puts it in makes it even more intriguing.
ryanmd More than 1 year ago
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy, is a thriller novel. The story occurs in 1980, along the United States, Mexico border. The book was originally published in July 19, 2005 by Publisher: Alfred A. Knopfd. The main characters are: Llewelyn Moss, A young hunter who stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong in the middle of the desert, along with a briefcase filled with over 2 million dollars in cash. Anton Chigurh, A serial killer who will do anything in his power to get the money back, and Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, who is the protagonist throughout the story putting his life at risk to protect the main character, Llewelyn Moss. I would give this book a rating of 4 out of 5.
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The story is kind of slow at first, but, it picks up and lead to an unexpected ending.
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archetype67 More than 1 year ago
McCarthy tells the story of several lives that interact because Moss, a Vietnam Vet, while out hunting comes upon a drug deal gone bad and takes a case of money.  He ends up pursued by drug dealers, the law and a philosophical killer named Chigurh.   The story moves quickly and the bodies pile up.  Woven throughout are the thoughts of Bell, the Sheriff who investigates the whole thing and tries to help Moss.  Bell reflects on his life and how the world has changed as he finds himself always two steps behind and unable to do what he sees as his job.   The prose is tight, moves quickly, and the dialog helps build the characters.  (I listened to the audio version and the narration was well done, just adjusting enough for each character to be distinct.)   Chigurh is creepy and yet intense in his own philosophical outlook on life and death.  Moss is sympathetic and Bell holds it all together.  McCarthy doesn't write happy endings, but it is a good story that questions the ideas of honor, and luck, and how personal codes can drive individuals to extremes that end up lead to a sense of inevitability . McCarthy intersperses Bell's first person thoughts with the third person narration of the remainder of the book.  Even the narrative distance moves in and out depending on who the focus is - Chigurh most distant, while Moss and Bell are in tight, giving a sense of connection that adds to the strange, frightening sense of doom that Chigurh brings.   Overall, I enjoyed the book and having seen the movie years ago, will say that the film managed to bring a difficult story to the screen.  
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Sometimes hard to follow, but enjoyed the story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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basketballbrad More than 1 year ago
The impact of this book hit me every chapter. The violence shook me as well as the insights of the sheriff. The veracity strung my soul out and made me taught. I won't forget it.
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