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No Country for Old Men

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  79,691 ratings  ·  4,883 reviews
In his blistering new novel, Cormac McCarthy returns to the Texas-Mexico border, setting of his famed Border Trilogy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones.

One day, a good old boy named Llewellyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a bodyguard of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars
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Hardcover, Large Print, 438 pages
Published July 19th 2005 by Random House Large Print Publishing
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Manny
So are we gonna talk about No Country For Old Men, he said.

Why not, she replied.

Then we gotta do it like McCarthy, he said. Short sentences. Southern dialect. No punctuation.

I can drop the punctuation, she said. But I can't do Southern.

You can try.

Well then I caint. That good enough for you?

Youre tryin. That's the important thing. Caint do more than try.

Thank you. I wish I could speak it. It's a beautiful language. But I aint got his ear. He's got the best ear for dialect this side of Mark Twai
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Anthony Breznican
Oct 15, 2014 Anthony Breznican rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone wondering why human evil so easily trumps the good.
Here's an unusual encounter.

I met Cormac McCarthy at the Oscars this year, and we had a very pleasant little chat. This was an important moment to me not only because he is the author of Blood Meridian, No Country For Old Men and The Road, which won the Pulitzer Prize, but also because McCarthy is famous for his almost Salinger-like reclusive tendencies. He does not do interviews or show up on The Tonight Show. He doesn't walk red carpets, tour colleges on lecture tours, or do any of the public
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Stephen
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4.5 to 5.0 stars. First, a pre-emptive apology...this is my first Cormac McCarthy novel and so my gush of praise may be a tad too CAPTAIN KIRKISH in its melodramatic over the top-ness, so please forgive me. I will attempt to keep my giddiness to a minimum...but man can this guy write a novel!!!

I will start by saying without trying to sound overly stuffy or pretentious that I thought this was a brilliant, nuanced, multi-layered story that was told in extremely simple, straight-forward prose yet
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Jason Koivu
Jun 03, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jason by: everyone and the kitchen sink
Wanting to give up...
Refusing to give up...
Not knowing the meaning of giving up.

When drugs and money come to a small Texas town, sheriff-about-to-retire trope Ed Tom Bell is tasked with solving a deal gone murderously wrong. This is indeed No Country for Old Men.

A psychopath of a hitman, Anton Chigurh (that last name being pronounced cheekily similar to "sugar,") is making Bell's last days as sheriff a living hell. Vietnam vet Llewelyn Moss isn't making things any easier. Moss happened upon the
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Nandakishore Varma
This is started as a one-star book, then progressed to four slowly as the story unfolded. The novel grows on you.

No Country for Old Men starts out in a thoroughly disjointed way. Multiple POVs, total lack of punctuation, dialogue rendered exactly as the characters speak it... the reader is utterly confused as to where the focus is, who the protagonist is, and what the story is about.

It could be about one Llewlyn Moss who stumbles upon a fortune while hunting antelope near the Rio Grande. A tran
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TK421
I appreciate the nuances of a McCarthy novel: his voice, the settings, the very real characters he conjures within that mind of his. But the one thing I cannot accept is when people say he only writes westerns. His books cannot be categorized with such a simple claim. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN is a perfect example. Sure, McCarthy uses some sterotypes (easy-going sheriff, bumbling hero, and creepy psychopath) to tell his story, but he uses them in ways that few writers can--McCarthy breaths life int ...more
Paquita Maria Sanchez
This is my least favorite McCarthy that I have ever, ever read. And you know what that tells you? Not shit, except that the man can basically do no wrong in my eyes. I can and will nitpick, but just know that I don't really mean it and it's only because I love you, baby.

First thing's first: I saw this movie about a zillion times before I read the book, though I wish, I wish, I wish that I hadn't. When an author bases a novel's emotional heft largely on the momentum of its action, suspense, and g
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Dan Schwent
While out shooting antelope, Llewellyn Moss stumbles upon a crime scene: three trucks, all shot up, and numerous bodies. Upon further inspection, Moss finds a substantial quantity of heroin and a briefcase containing over two million dollars. Moss takes the money and quickly ends up a wanted man. Can Moss survive long enough to enjoy the money?

This was my first McCarthy book and probably won't be the last. I devoured it in a single sitting. The clipped style really drove the story forward, remin
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Seak (Bryce L.)
I read The Road about four or five years ago and it was a pretty powerful book to me. I didn't even have kids at the time, but now that I do I don't know if I could ever reread that book as I've always planned. It gave me a good taste of McCarthy and it's been long past time to read more of his work.

No Country for Old Men is a chilling story about how bad things have become. The depravity of certain individuals goes beyond comprehension. It's absolutely terrifying to think that this actually exi
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Trudi
Cormac McCarthy is a goddamned poet with some mad, kick-ass storytelling skills. Speechless for the moment. Brain is goo. Please stand by.

This book broke my brain. On the surface, McCarthy is weaving a modern day western aptly soaked in blood and ruthlessness, where the line between hero and villain is sharply drawn. On that same surface, what we have is a cast of archetypes – the weary sheriff who has stayed too long and seen too much; the everyday man living right until he is undone by greed;
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Glenn Russell
My first contact with this work of fiction was listening to a 'Partially Examined Life' podcast with 3 young philosophers and Eric Petrie, a university professor who has made a study of Cormac McCarthy's dark novel set in Texas in 1980. This fascinating discussion motivated me not only to read the book but listen to the audiobook read by Tom Stechschulte. I'm glad I did. Stechschute's reading is spot-on, particularly his portrayal of one of the main characters, a good old boy by the name of Sher ...more
James Thane
On a morning in 1980, a Texas welder named Llewellyn Moss goes out to hunt antelope and gets a lot more than he bargained for when he stumbles across the site of a drug deal gone very, very bad. Several men and a number of pickups have been shot to death and Moss discovers only one survivor who is very near death and who pleads for a drink of water.

Moss ignores the request and searches the site, discovering a large amount of heroin remaining in one of the trucks. There is no corresponding amount
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MJ Nicholls
Ah sureas hell aint foolish enough to write this here review in dialect cause ah sureas hell know itll sound like ahm fixin for a spankin from the real deep south folks, but ah caint resist the urge when the whole damn novel sounds like this, an why the hell not? Ah mean were in some southern location maybe Texas aint we? But cain ah keep up the dialect for the whole review? No, I sure as hell can’t. So let me review in my usual arch and brusque manner and dispense with these dialectical fripper ...more
Caris


This asshole pretty much ruined this book for me. Every time I read about Chigurh doing anything, I visualized Javier Bardem, complete with goofy haircut, completing the action. Which was awful because I assigned this silly look to this pretty badass character for no good reason.

I liked the movie. It was intense and thought-provoking like the book. And, like the book, it followed the same plot with very few deviations. Which sucked. I wish I had read the book first, but, when I’d seen the movie
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Taylor
Right off the bat I have to say this is a book that I'm not so sure I can do enough justice to in my review. There are so many themes and subtleties here (this is another book as much about what isn't said/done as what is), and I'm not sure that I've entirely digested all of them. A lot of the "professional" reviews tie some of the themes to the Bible, and having little knowledge of the Bible, there's a chance I'm missing out on some things. That said, even without that knowledge, this book stil ...more
Annalisa
May 26, 2008 Annalisa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: guys
Recommended to Annalisa by: Ryan
This is definitely a man's book, loaded with violence and male tendency toward underexplaining vs female overanalyzing. The first half I thought there must be nothing gained from the book over the movie (I haven't seen it) because it read like a movie script describing one violent murder after the next without any insight into characters' motives, emotions, intentions, all the reasons a book is better.

But near the end of the book, you realize that this is not Moss' story, but sheriff Bell's. Yo
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Velvetink
Just adding a link; http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/dru...

It's a modern day shoot-em-up with bad ass Mexican drug dealers in Texas. What can I say?. What else do you need to know?. I mainly read it after reading McCarthy's "The Road" that everyone (well nearly everyone) seems to be falling over themselves in saying it's the greatest thing in literature since sliced bread - or words to that effect. Meh. While reading "The Road" I kept getting the feeling that it was either a very poor translati
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Kim
My first attempt at Cormac McCarthy. The movie just won an oscar and the hype was starting to wane some (being a month and a Britney relapse ago) and well, 'The Road' was out at the library.

I wasn't sure what I was going to get out of it. The writing style and use of southern dialect was a bit off putting, but once I found the rhythm...
It reminded me of that old cliche (the story, not the dialect--keep up)of the good guys with the white hats---bad guys in black (or Spy vs. Spy if you want to get
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Trevor
To be honest, I found this a bit irritating. It jumped around a little too much and the violence was pointless and excessive. I also found the ‘home-spun’ philosophy a bit hard to take.

There was not a single character in this book that I would urinate on if they were on fire – their deaths, therefore, were devoid of interest. I guess this book is Dirty Harry from the darkside. Same crap, same fascination with guns and the voyeurism caused by the effect bullets have on the human anatomy - I wond
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Robert
If I ever decide to sneeze sawdust and spit nails, I might just have to change my name to Anton Chigurh and move my wife to the Texas-Mexico border. Of course, that assumes I own a cattle gun, determine fate through the flip of a coin, and have approximately $2.4M stuffed in my jeans. During my subsequent relocation, I’ll acquire a pair of recently shined ostrich boots and a white cloth for my boots and nose, not to be used successively without prior washing.

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN caused me to j
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Kenyon
Dec 04, 2007 Kenyon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all friends
I wrote a review of this for the Sackets Harbor Gazette!
If you think that the western novel genre died with Louis L’Amour. Think again. Cormac McCarthy has been writing them after a fashion for a while with a style all his own and a voice as stark and certain as the plains of Texas he often describes. No Country for Old Men, first published in 2005 and recently brought out in paperback as a movie tie-in, is a story of duty, treachery, loyalty, and evil; of a decision to act made by instinct the
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Zorena
The writing style of Cormac McCarthy took me a little bit to get used to but soon I was enjoying the drawled but curt speech and thought patterns of his characters. It was almost like reading in snippets but each was complete in itself and conveyed a lot more than I would have thought. However I have to complain about the lack of quotations. It almost drove me to distraction making this a much harder read than it should have been.

This is my first Cormac read and I wasn't sure what to expect but
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Marco Tamborrino
"[...] Non stava a me la scelta. Ogni momento della tua vita rappresenta una svolta e una scelta. È tutto andato di conseguenza. La contabilità è precisa. La forma tracciata. Nessuna linea può essere cancellata. Non credevo assolutamente che potessi influenzare una moneta in tuo favore. Come avresti potuto? La strada di una persona nel mondo cambia raramente, e ancora più raramente cambia all'improvviso. E la direzione della tua strada si vedeva fin dall'inizio. [...] Quando sono entrato nella ...more
Benjamin Dancer
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Jennifer
Here's a tidbit of personal information: I have every film the Coen Brothers have ever directed...and I watch them. Yes, I'm a fan. When I watched No Country for Old Men for the first time, I was disturbed to my core. I had never read the book though, which all in all I think is ok. Now having read it, I can honestly say that the film adaptation is excellent. There are minimal deviations. Chigurh still wins the award for fiction's worst "it's my job to punish you and there are no innocents in th ...more
Matt
Sometimes movies do a great service. They get you to read a book you otherwise wouldn't have read. It worked for All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren, which is one of my favorite books, and it worked for No Country For Old Men, which was such a good book the Cohen Brothers pretty much filmed it line for line.

The story cuts right to the quick. Lleweln Moss is out hunting when he finds $2 million and some dead men. He takes the money. Others chase him for the money. The most dedicated of thes
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Sarah
I started reading this book yesterday morning on my commute to work and finished it about five minutes before i went to bed last night.

But this is much more than just a fast read. Like his book The Road, Cormac has an insane ability to create a world that is so real and so urgent that you are forced to stay in it until you reach a conclusion and find some sort of peace in that world. Even during the hours yesterday not spent reading the book (work, gym, eating) i was IN the book anyway - trappe
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Sam Quixote
1980, the Texas/Mexico border. Llewellyn Moss is out hunting one day when he stumbles across a drug deal gone wrong: dead bodies and bags of heroin everywhere and over two million dollars in a bag. Moss makes the fateful decision to take the money and run and so begins a deadly cat and mouse game with a cast that includes psychopathic killer Anton Chigurh, a bounty hunter called Carson Wells, and elderly and world-weary Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (what amazing names!) who watches the destruction unfold ...more
Leonard
Choice and destiny at the crossroad?

When Moss comes upon a drug deal gone bad and takes the $2.4 million, he sets in motion a chain of events that neither he nor Sheriff Bell could stop. And the psychopathic killer Chigurh, who follows a universal code of conduct and tries to control every event, believes he is taking the only possible course: to eliminate Moss and retrieve the money. He gives Moss the choice to surrender and die or to fight and risk his wife’s life also. After Moss died, Chigu
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Tim Pendry
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Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist and playwright. He has written ten novels in the Southern Gothic, western, and post-apocalyptic genres and has also written plays and screenplays. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for The Road, and his 2005 novel No Country for Old Men was adapted as a 2007 film of the same name, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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