No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men

Book - 2007
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Llewelyn Moss stumbles across several dead men, a stash of heroin, and over $2 million dollars while hunting antelope. He decides to take the money and he soon finds himself pursued by an ex-Special Forces agent who is employed by the drug cartel and a ruthless mercenary.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2007, c2005
Edition: Vintage movie tie-in ed. --
ISBN: 9780307387134
0307387135
Branch Call Number: FIC McCar 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 309 p. --

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bibliotest_3
Aug 16, 2017

I really enjoyed the emotions of this film.

Nicr Jun 30, 2017

Masterful neo-western noir. A breakneck plot that defies conventions. And evil that goes on and on.

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Bookworm1562
Aug 07, 2016

The movie complements the novel and vice versa. The book brings better character development; the movie adds intensity to the story.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 19, 2016

This is not a geezer flick by any means. The title actually comes from a Yeats poem, which now gives you your daily dose of culture. The book takes place in the lawless country around the Texas desert as if Texas wasnt lawless enough everywhere else. When one of the locals finds a pick-up truck thats been abandanoed, well if you consider everyone in the truck being dead as abandoned, the truck is full of money and heroin. Being the law abiding citizen that he is, Moss just takes the money and leaves the drugs. Even so, he sets off a minefield of unexpected consequences. Hes chased by a ruthless hit man and a criminal who flips coins to make decisions. The Old Men in the title refers in part to the sheriff who cant contain the violence going on around him, including the death of some of his lawmen.
This is one of the more recent books on the list, making it easy to pick up on the paperback racks at your local bookstore. It was also made into a Bruce Willis vehicle that won Best Picture of the year. It was directed by the Coen brothers, which should give you an ideas of the level of gore in it. Read the book first, and then see the movie.
And to be honest, I thought the Coen Brother epic was even better than the book.

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Porkbellytacos
Jan 21, 2016

There is something wonderfully American about No Country for Old Men. Obviously, the book is set mostly in Texas- but that's not what I mean. What I mean is that the entire time I was reading the book I felt like I could draw a direct line from McCarthy to Palahniuk to Tarantino, etc. Both thematically and artistically, this novel belongs in the cannon of American literature.

I enjoyed the way, in a sense, the reader could see the struggle the author had with certain themes and philosophy. Most notably the conversation between Chigurh and Carla Jean where one could see the antimony of choice versus fate. Of morality versus amorality. Value versus invalue. Old versus new.

I personally found McCarthy's writing style, at times, brutal and difficult to follow. While I enjoyed his minimilistic style, sometimes I wish he would of used charters' names instead of pronouns. Also, I missed quotation marks. Overall, however, I thought this was a great book.

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Elioop
Dec 26, 2015

I wish I hadn't seen the movie first: I could not get Javier Bardem out of my head. Other than that, the book is riveting and sorrowful.

thebigp2012 Jun 14, 2015

If ever there was book that illustrates how a series of an events can turn on a dime and be completely unpredictable it would be the novel "No Country for Old Men." I found this book riveting and the story moved at an impressive clip. Great book and I have a new appreciation for the work of Cormac McCarthy.

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Piemanthe3rd
Jul 01, 2014

Amazing book. Very interesting and riveting. I loved the movie and have enjoyed the authors previous works and was not disappointed in either regard. The film is a very close adaptation and the book fills in a few gaps and elaborates on things that only add to the stories overall quality. I found the ending dragged on a bit but overall I found the book to be excellent.

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jimg2000
Jun 09, 2014

Saw the movie numerous times and finally read the book. No excuse with eBook in circulation. There are minor deviations but the book has substantially more narratives on social issues by Sheriff Bell. A scary and thought provoking story.

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pea46
Mar 29, 2013

I read this book after I had seen the movie twice; otherwise it might have been a bit hard to follow. This turned out to be one of the best books I've ever read - I couldn't put it down. Although it is violent, it is also very thought-provoking. The love story of the Sheriff and his wife was endearing, which is related throughout the book. So I found this book to be engrossing from start to finish. Even if you haven't seen the movie, this book is well worth reading.

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jimg2000
Jun 09, 2014

... some teachers come across a survey that was sent out back in the thirties to a number of schools around the country. Had this questionnaire about what was the problems with teachin in the schools. And they come across these forms, they'd been filled out and sent in from around the country answer in these questions. And the biggest problems they could name was things like talkin in class and runnin in the hallways. Chewin gum. Copyin homework. Things of that nature. So they got one of them forms that was blank and printed up a bunch of em and sent em back out to the same schools. Forty years later. Well, here come the answers back. Rape, arson, murder. Drugs. Suicide. So I think about that. Because a lot of the time ever when I say anything about how the world is goin to hell in a handbasket people will just sort of smile and tell me I'm gettin old.

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jimg2000
Jun 09, 2014

These old people I talk to, if you could of told em that there would be people on the streets of our Texas towns with green hair and bones in their noses speakin a language they couldnt even understand, well, they just flat out wouldnt of believed you. But what if you'd of told em it was their own grandchildren?

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vickiz
Dec 21, 2008

I had two dreams about him after he died. I dont remember the first one all that well but it was about meetin him in town somewheres and he give me some money and I think I lost it. But the second one it was like we was both back in older times and I was on horseback goin through the mountains of a night. Goin through this pass in the mountains. It was cold and there was snow on the ground and he rode past me and kept on goin. Never said nothin. He just rode on past and he had this blanket wrapped around him and he had his head down and when he rode past I seen he was carryin fire in a horn the way people used to do and I could see the horn from the light inside of it. About the color of the moon. And in the dream I knew that he was goin on ahead and that he was fixin to make a fire somewhere out there in all that dark and all that cold and I knew that whenever I got there he would be there. And then I woke up.

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pea46
Mar 29, 2013

pea46 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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