Review: No Country for Old Men (Cormac McCarthy)

Publication date: 2005
Amazon price: $13.99 USD (Kindle)

Rating: 5/5
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Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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 in cash are still in the back. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the law–in the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell–can contain.

As Moss tries to evade his pursuers–in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives–McCarthy simultaneously strips down the American crime novel and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headlines

Again, the way this novel is structured means that I probably wouldn’t normally like it – the language is simple and straightforward, there’s little to no punctuation, and the writing style means everything runs together. But I really didn’t need to convince myself to stick it out.

I don’t know if it’s because of Cormac McCarthy’s stellar reputation or how much I liked the movie, but this book was exceptional. The characters are so fascinating, all their motivations and reasonings and thought processes are compelling. Despite the unadorned language, the setting truly came alive throughout the story.

If you’ve seen the movie, definitely read the book. If you haven’t seen the movie, read the book, then watch the movie. #NoRagrets

Format read: Kindle




3 thoughts on “Review: No Country for Old Men (Cormac McCarthy)

  1. My Aunt handed me this book to read before the film came out, telling me it was being made into a film, I’d read Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses and absolutely loved it. Loved this too, although I was wary about seeing the film, because of the violence. That style and lack of punctuation just lends his work a fluidity that I find spellbinding. I love what he can do with words, I just wish he’d choose different stories to tell.

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