Book Review: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy is a genius. One of the best contemporary American writers. Of course, he’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. Which is that, you ask?

Well, in case you haven’t seen the brilliant movie adapted from this novel, he’s in the business of depicting life as a series of strange coincidences that have fatal consequences. I just made that one up, and I think it sounds clever. No. Really. He writes about drugs and murders and the desert. Maybe this sounds better.

Don’t know what else to say about this book. Some guy finds a briefcase filled with two million dollars worth of drug money. Everyone’s looking for him. All hell breaks loose. Stuff like that.

It is written in McCarthy’s style, which is impossible to describe or define. It’s just brilliant. The words flow effortlessly. He has moments of poetry. Fantastic dialogue. Lots of sarcasm. And quite a bit of philosophy.

No Country for Old Men is a must read.

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One thought on “Book Review: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

  1. Great. Short and up to the point, almost like McCarthy! I can’t say I like him, it feels unpriopriate, but he is very important to me. The most important novel by him for me is “Outer Dark”. It’s about siblings who are on the road (there is always some kind of a “road” in his novels, not to mention “Road” itself), the brother is following his sister, who is looking for her lost newborn baby, nasty story. On her way she experiences mostly positive things, she happens to meet kind and helpful people. As for the brother – well, he does not. He experiences so called bad luck, supported by bad decisions. Not so much a must read as “No Country…” or “Road”, still it is worth reading.

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