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No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
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Sep 06, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: fall-semester-09-required-reading, didn-t-like
Read in December, 2009

You will either love this novel or hate it. I found myself among the latter group. McCarthy is a wonderful writer, and the style all his own is commendable. But the story here does not hold steady any worthwhile narrative this powerful author could construct. At times this novel is a very good thriller- but I don't read McCarthy for a very good thriller. More often than not, the novel is highly violent machismo masquerading as depth. And I view the film the same way. The character of the Sheriff, who really is the focal crux of the novel's point, seemed expendable to me. I understood that he was (trying) to wax philosophical on the nature of the world and law enforcement, but if he says or undergoes anything truly profound it was completely lost on me. And, yes, the Biblical parallels with temptation and a couple falling are obvious, but that does not constitute depth, either.

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Bryan Ball Loved "The Road." Hate this.

message 2: by Christina (new)

Christina Really? I didn't like "The Road" so I wasn't going to read his other stuff. I guess your review solidifies that for me!

Bryan Ball We started watching the movie in my class first, and I cannot stand it. It's just a bunch of guys running around killing each other and stealing money in creative ways. Scene of pointless murder after pointless muder. And the novel's pretty much the same.

message 4: by Christina (new)

Christina Ahhh, I loved the movie even though on the surface it does appear pretty ridiculous.

You'll have to tell me what you think of the movie version of "The Road." I'm definitely going to see it even though I didn't like the book.

Bryan Ball You might get something out of the novel, then; they're nearly identical in my mind, although the writing style is much like "The Road"...

message 6: by Christina (new)

Christina It was the writing style that I didn't care for, so that's why I decided to avoid his other novels. Maybe I should give him another shot though.

Bryan Ball If you are ever in need of a book and feel in the mood for it, I would give it a shot, then. It's hard to describe, but the writing style isn't all exactly the way "The Road," was, but you can very much tell it's by the same author, if that makes sense...

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