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No Country for Old Men

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  130,006 ratings  ·  7,346 reviews
Llewelyn Moss, hunting antelope near the Rio Grande, instead finds men shot dead, a load of heroin, and more than $2 million in cash. Packing the money out, he knows, will change everything. But only after two more men are murdered does a victim's burning car lead Sheriff Bell to the carnage out in the desert, and he soon realizes how desperately Moss and his young wife ne ...more
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Published July 22nd 2005 by Recorded Books (first published 2005)
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Pam Stagg Absolutely fantastic read! Then see the movie, with Javier Badem as the maddest, baddest baddy you've ever encountered.
Calib McBolts Right in the beginning you mean?

I was puzzled by that choice as well at first but I re-read it, and it is insinuated that Moss felt bad for not…more
Right in the beginning you mean?

I was puzzled by that choice as well at first but I re-read it, and it is insinuated that Moss felt bad for not helping the Mexican who asks him for water, so he returns to the site with a jug of water to give to him, but the Mexican is dead and mayhem ensues.(less)

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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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Kemper
This is officially the 1000th review I’ve written on Goodreads, and I wanted to make sure that the book would fit the occasion so that’s why I decided to re-read this one. What better novel could I choose than this heartwarming tale of human kindness from one of the most optimistic men on the planet, Cormac McCarthy?*

* Note - That statement is sarcasm done in the interest of humor. 1000 reviews have taught me that I apparently have to explain that or someone with poor reading comprehension will
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Glenn Russell
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“How does a man decide in what order to abandon his life?”
― Cormac McCarthy, No Country For Old Men

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 sp
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Anthony Breznican
Aug 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 for me not only because he is the author of Blood Meridian, No Country For Old Men and The Road, all books I worship, but also because McCarthy is famous for his almost Salinger-like reclusive tendencies. He does not do interviews nor does he show up on The Tonight Show. He doesn't walk red carpets, tour colleges on the lecture circuit, or do any of the
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Michael Finocchiaro
Coac McCartney's No Country for Old Men is a quick but intense read. For those that saw the Cohen brothers' movie first (as I did years ago), the book is as bleak and violent as the movie was. Chigurh is probably up there with The Joker as one of the most evil, conscience-free bad guys in literature. He kills willfully and without a shred of remorse before slinking back into the woodwork unseen and uncaught. Moss is a tragic, but heroic character who gets caught up with something far beyond his ...more
Bill  Kerwin

A taut thriller with crisp, naturalistic dialogue, this book refuses to avert its eyes from the darkness.

Perhaps I'm rating this a bit low, but--considering the author's reputation--I expected more. Besides, I liked the movie better.
Lyn
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cormac McCarthy has created - again - the perfect villain, this time in the form of a former special forces killer named Anton Chigurh.

Like Judge Holden and Glanton in Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West, Chigurh is intelligent, resourceful and utterly devoted to violence and chaos. Yet, like the antagonists in Blood Meridian, McCarthy has imbued in Chigurh a strange integrity, a devotion to a natural order that I think is McCarthy's embodied illustration of evil - a man cut off
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Justin
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is No Country for Old Men a great book.
It is.
Is Cormac McCarthy becoming one of my favorite authors.
He is.
You reckon I outta read more of his books.
I do.
I don’t know why I love this book so much. I surely dont.
Read it bout three times now. Bout three times or so.
Dont ever seem to get old does it sheriff.
It dont. It surely don’t.
Got a bad man in it. Flips a coin. Scares people.
Call it. It’s your lucky penny.
Books got an old west flavor to it with a contemporary tone all at the same ti
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Fabian
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, if you saw the Oscar-winning film, you pretty much got the gist.

This is an examination of evil at its most primitive level, in which lawlessness, even in the modern world, reigns over conscience, reason & morality. Chigurh is the prototypical Boogeyman: a walking, talking Michael Myers (c.a. 1978 by Carpenter) that is not immortal, though the concept of him will rule all the ages, prevailing like a force of nature. Powerful stuff, emotional & heartless at the same time, & of c
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Nandakishore Varma
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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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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 ye
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Annet
Saw the movie, read the book afterwards to fully understand the story. Fascinating story. Great writing. I'm have become a huge fan of Cormac McCarthy! Grand writer.
Robin
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: good old boys and girls
Recommended to Robin by: Javier Bardem
This is No Book for Tender Hearts. No Book for Gore Haters. No Book for Punctuation Police.

But hot damn, it's a great book. I was worried that it might be dwarfed by the exceptional movie version, but then I read three pages and was completely in the hands of this writer. Yes, he writes without punctuation, in clipped, incomplete sentences. His voice is often and easily parodied. It didn't bother me, though. The bare, unsentimental style suits this ruthless 1980s cowboy story. There's almost no
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Ahmad Sharabiani
No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy
No Country for Old Men is a 2005 novel by American author Cormac McCarthy who originally wrote the story as a screenplay. The story occurs in the vicinity of the United States–Mexico border in 1980 and concerns an illegal drug deal gone awry in the Texas desert back country.
The plot (of the book, rather than the film) follows the interweaving paths of the three central characters (Llewelyn Moss, Anton Chigurh, and Ed Tom Bell) set in motion by events relat
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Paul Bryant
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD REVIEWERS

Rayner took the bolt of the Uzi and slid the firing pin on. He aligned the springs and dropped the housing in. He felt and made sure it was seeded properly. He got the barrel and pushed that down. It rotated and found the notch. Bryant rolled a thin one, tamping the tobacco, pinching off the surplus and returning it to the tin. There was a dog.

You fixin to make me flip a coin on you.

No I particular aint.

Don’t look like it to me.

You shouldn’t likely do this.

Well yo
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Jason Koivu
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jason by: everyone and the kitchen sink
Shelves: fiction
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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Katie
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: set-in-the-us
I'd already seen and loved the film. I found my memory though was ingenious in withholding knowledge of what happens next until it happened on the page. The novel is written in the simple prose a gifted but alienated teenager might adopt. Up to the half way point it reads like a darkish crime story without much depth. Then, of a sudden, there's this hallelujah moment. The baddie delivers a speech about why he has to kill this innocent girl and it's as if lights were suddenly thrown on to reveal ...more
Jessaka
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was reading this book I began noticing how much the killings in it reminded me of the bible. They are the same book, I thought, No Country for Old Men and the bible. Only one is more graphic than the other. You have to really use your imagination when reading the bible. McCarthy fills in the cracks, takes away your imagination.

I once read a story about a woman who lived with a tribe, and a man from another tribe came in and raped her. After that her people killed every one of his people,
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Matthias
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matthias by: The Coen Brothers
Shelves: my-reviews
With a book like this, the movie pretty much made itself. You could've just as well filmed the pages being flicked through (preferably by Javier Bardem, I'm sure he'd do it astoundingly) and you'd get roughly the same experience.

I understand the comparisons being made between the film and the book. That's the kind of understanding guy I am. I can only say both are masterpieces. It all starts with Cormac McCarthy though, and while the Coen brothers and the cast of the movie did a tremendous job,
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ΞιsNιnΞ RΞχ~ΚαrnιFΞχ
Elevating and Transcending Genre: McCarthy and 'Existentialist Crime'
[WARNING: Here there be spoilers.]
Another world unrolled like a carpet of dry, golden plains when I started reading 'No Country for Old Men'; the prose was vivid, but every word was a careful expenditure of idea and style. Cormac McCarthy is not an overly descriptive writer. But the antelope hunt in Southwest Texas that leads Llewelyn Moss to the bullet-riddled cars and corpses of the silent cartel battlefield is told with ab
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

No Country For Old Men has an unprecedented FOUR POINT THREE TWO rating amongst my Goodreads friends so what’s even left to say at this point? Allow me a moment to let the book speak for itself . . . .

“Do you love it? I guess you could say I do. But I’d be the first one to tell you I’m as ignorant as a box of rocks so you sure don’t want to go by nothing I’d say.”



The story here is of Llewellyn Moss, a single-wide dwelling welder l
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, usa
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
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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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Brandice
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part crime and part Western, No Country For Old Men is a classic on-the-run story. While out hunting one day, Llewelyn Moss comes across a scene of dead men, heroin, and a briefcase full of more than $2M cash. He takes the money, setting off a chase. Others involved in the chase include Wells, a former agent now working for the cartel, Chigurh, a dangerous murderer, and Sheriff Bell, who’s struggling with his own moral dilemma from the past.

I admit, it took me a good 30% into the story to famil
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TK421
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
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
Trevor
Jun 15, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: language
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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Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
I'm not really a huge fan of Westerns. Only rarely do I settle into this genre and find myself enjoying it. I'm also a bit hesitant when it comes to classics, perhaps from all the years in school of being beaten over the head with them and then forced to analyze the shit out of them.

However, I was pleasantly surprised by No Country For Old Men.

This book is a fast-paced, bloody chase. It's chalk full of morally questionable characters, with good and bad intentions. The setting is gritty and real
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James
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘No Country for Old Men’ (2005) is Cormac McCarthy’s dark and violent thriller – which whilst steeped in blood, violent and psychopathic behaviour writ large – is much more than the standard ‘drug deal gone wrong…good guy vs bad guy’ fair that we have seen so many times before.

McCarthy’s story follows said ‘deal gone wrong’ – well-intentioned Vietnam vet Llewelyn Moss who finds the seemingly ‘abandoned’ money; pursuer Anton Chigurh – one of the most chilling literary psychopaths of recent years
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Tim
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What’s the most you ever saw lost on a coin toss?

In the first three scenes of the novel, we are introduced to our three main characters. We are also shown in those three scenes, a matter involving them with death. The first character discusses how he only ever sent one person to be executed, and how he talked with the boy several times before the execution and personally has no stomach for the situation even knowing that he was guilty. The second character is shown successfully killing someone
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Paul Nelson
‘What’s the most you ever saw lost on a coin toss?’

No Country for Old Men joins the illustrious company of books that I've reread and more than deserves its place there, this is simply one of the most intense pieces of fiction I’ve read and narrated by Tom Stechschulte who I now rate as highly as the fantastic Will Patton.

There is just so much that makes this story, the dialogue centred around the hitman Chigurh is the highlight for me. Sheer menace and danger epitomizes this man, if ever the di
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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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