No Country for Old Men

320 pages

English language

Published Jan. 6, 2006 by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

ISBN:
978-0-375-70667-7
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4 stars (49 reviews)

5 editions

Review of 'No Country for Old Men' on 'Goodreads' 4 stars

4 stars

Seeing that the author died recently I thought maybe its time to read some of his work, this and The Road are the only ones I've heard of. Picked up for $3 in an op-shop, quickly readable, if gruesome and graphic as was the movie. He does capture the place and the people so well

Review of 'No Country for Old Men' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This is the first time I've read this book, seen the movie a few times now and I'm a big fan of it. The casting in the movie was spot on, I always thought Javier Bardem played a pretty good killer but had never realised how good a job he did of playing the character.

The book is slow moving, very violent and features one of the cold-bloodiest killers ever. The cattle punch tool gets me every time. The characters are top notch, really easy to like and the plot works well, a sort of casual manhunt across Texas.

The one issue I had is the ending is a bit quiet, with how the book develops I was really hoping for some mad crescendo, but it the end it sort of just falls over.

Really wanting to re-watch the movie, seeing as it's nearly Christmas I see this as one …

Review of 'No Country for Old Men' on 'LibraryThing'

1 star

I was pretty disappointed by this book. I found the story it tells to be overly simplistic and focussed on guns and blood at the expense of developing characters, places or motives. The action is taut enough that I could see the film being rather good, but the book feels too much like it was actually meant as a screenplay to stand up on its own.

Review of 'No Country for Old Men' on 'LibraryThing'

1 star

I was pretty disappointed by this book. I found the story it tells to be overly simplistic and focussed on guns and blood at the expense of developing characters, places or motives. The action is taut enough that I could see the film being rather good, but the book feels too much like it was actually meant as a screenplay to stand up on its own.

Review of 'No Country for Old Men' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I was impressed by how well the movie followed the book, and how well Tommy Lee Jones captured the character of Sheriff Bell. This is one of the first books I've read in a long time where I wanted to pull my car off the side of the road to finish reading it. It's a quick read, but it's not an easy one. It really makes you think about humanity and the road we're taking.

Review of 'No Country for Old Men' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Another beautifully written Cormac McCarthy tale, however I cannot help but feel that the ending could have been stronger somehow. Mind you, I couldn't begin to say how. . .it just sort of petered out. But I do also wonder if that wasn't deliberate considering how a certain character was feeling by the time you reached the last page.

Review of 'No Country for Old Men' on 'LibraryThing'

5 stars

An interesting book. McCarthy doesn't truck with quotation marks and apostrophes, so his pages have a desert look - spare, harsh. So does the story, which involves a highly skilled sociopath killing a lot of people for money and because he enjoys the power of it. Nihilists of the Purple Sage. An old sheriff and a young welder who stumbles on a bunch of drug money aren't much of a match for him. Good writin but I dont rightly know what to think bout the endin.

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Subjects

  • Texas, fiction
  • Fiction, psychological
  • Fiction, suspense