TRL REVIEWS: No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

TITLE: No Country For Old Men

AUTHOR: Cormac McCarthy

PUBLISHED: 2005

PUBLISHER: Vintage

Quote: “You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.”

Overview: No Country For Old Men follows the intertwining stories of Llewelyn Moss, Anton Chigurh, and Ed Tom Bell after a drug deal goes horribly wrong in south Texas, near the Mexican border. Moss is in the wrong place at the wrong time and tries to capitalize when he finds a satchel filled with money. Chigurh, a cold-blooded ghost of a man knows about the satchel, but not Moss. And he’ll do anything to get it. Sheriff Bell, whose county was the scene of the drug deal gone bad, is on the trail of both men, and in his search for them he searches also for something else.

Analysis: Part-Western, part-cat and mouse chase and part-philosophical search for reason and truth, No Country For Old Men defies genres. The story steadily builds as the the reader becomes familiar with the three main characters who are each seeking something - money, peace, death, revenge, a new life. The story connects the different characters and is filled with suspense and adventure, amidst questions that won’t ever be answered.

Cormac McCarthy’s writing style is an interesting part of the book though it took some time to get used to. He rarely uses punctuation other than commas and periods, and that includes no quotation marks whatsoever. The minimalist aspect of his writing style is a pleasure to read once the reader becomes acclimated. Definitely worth a read. 

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Conclusion: Great story, cool writing style, overall awesome read.

Rating: 5/5