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No és país per a vells (2005)

de Cormac McCarthy

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Llewelyn Moss is hunting antelope near the Texas/Mexico border when he stumbles upon several dead men, a big stash of heroin, and more than two million dollars in cash. He takes off with the money--and the hunter becomes the hunted. A drug cartel hires a former Special Forces agent to track down the loot, and a ruthless killer joins the chase as well. Also looking for Moss is the aging Sheriff Bell, a World War II veteran who may be Moss' only hope for survival.… (més)
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    La carretera de Cormac McCarthy (dmitriyk)
    dmitriyk: Written simply, with a very similar style and attitude.
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    A Simple Plan de Scott Smith (sturlington)
    sturlington: Both are books in which found money leads to unexpected, horrific consequences.
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    Sunset and Sawdust de Joe R. Lansdale (cometahalley)
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    The Nightrunners de Joe R. Lansdale (cometahalley)
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    Cities of the Plain de Cormac McCarthy (cometahalley)
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    The Sisters Brothers de Patrick deWitt (derelicious)
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    A Single Shot de Matthew F. Jones (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: We all think money will solve our problems. Sometimes money creates problems . . . especialy when it's other peoples' money.
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    Descent de Tim Johnston (sturlington)
    sturlington: The authors have similar styles, and both thrillers explore questions of fate and chance.
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Besides being the kind of crime story I am not particularly fond of, there was too much pontificating especially towards the end... ( )
  leslie.98 | Jan 3, 2021 |
I liked this book's style and dialog. It's a new western for sure, though I feel like it didn't tie up loose ends nicely, or at least leave them frayed enough. Sorta went halfway. I'd say this book is a good intro back into the genre for me though, and I'd recommend it to others. ( )
  morgan.goose | Dec 14, 2020 |
This book is on my blog’s dirty dozen list. The list includes books I have loved to death by reading them cover to cover, over and over again. My copy is a mess. Its first few pages are dog-eared and water-stained (from reading it in the bath more than once), and my youngest tore off the back cover and etched crayon on one of the pages. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I won’t throw this battered copy out because I don’t need to. It’s not a book I need to show — even though it depicts the movie poster on the cover, which I hate (cause I’m reading it, not watching it); it’s a book I need to read.

I love it for the reasons why I can’t get into Cormac McCarthy’s other books. In No Country for Old Men, Mr. McCarthy makes his brilliant writing more accessible by simply telling a good yarn. He doesn’t embellish it, go off on tangents, or take us on long metaphoric journeys describing the minutiae of any given scene. But it remains firmly in the category of a literary novel. He just strips it down to its most basic commercial core.

One of the opening scenes follows a man, Llewelyn Moss, out hunting antelope and coming across the aftermath of a colossal shoot out in the desert near the Mexican border. It is a drug deal gone bad with everyone dead around a wagon circle of trucks. Llewelyn knows from experience, being a former Vietnam vet with the attitude and confidence to prove it, that there must be at least one man standing. When he looks for the man, he finds him, and $2.4 million in a case. He pauses, his whole future resting upon a choice — or so he thinks.

Cormac McCarthy writes with a sense of inevitableness in the story’s outcomes personified by an evil apparition of a man, Anton Chigurh (the author chose the name for its opaqueness ), whose scariness is borne out by his plainness. He is a man easily forgotten if you are not in his path, but he will dominate you if you cross him. His (im)moral code is chilling. While he tells victims that their fate is not preordained and that a flip of a coin can save them, the coin toss is only an affirmation of the inevitable path we fall upon.

Cormac McCarthy populates his story with salt-of-the-earth people bearing long histories of disappointment, pain, and hard living. Unbroken, just bowed, they still hold on to what goodness and hope there is in life. Chigurh, as described, acts as the judge. A Sheriff, Ed Tom Bell, is a serious man with a World War 11 past that no one but the innocent takes seriously. He is the witness. Lewellyn, his wife, Carla Jean, and everyone else, including Carson Wells, an ex-army bounty hunter in it for the money, are the defendants. None realize they are on trial for what the country has become, but they are.

It is a powerhouse of a novel.

If you are still unsure whether you want to read this book or not, take out a coin and flip it. Don’t worry about the outcome, though, because, according to the novel, the result may already be preordained. ( )
  TrevorWiltzen | Nov 22, 2020 |
cormac mccarthy, i don't think you and i were meant to be together. ( )
  kickthebeat | Nov 1, 2020 |
Underwhelmed. I guess McCarthy just isn't for me.

I liked the crime story well enough. Chigurh is an interesting character, the plot moves quickly enough. But it ends so... abruptly. There is no end. What happened? Who was Chigurh? What fueled his worldview? I was, in all, underwhelmed with the summation of the story.

The narration was... boring. Confusing. I started interpreting it as the rantings of an old man (okay, I get it. He sounds like my old neighbor). However, I made the mistake of discussing the book with a friend prior to completion and learned about McCarthy's political leanings. I couldn't help but wonder, by the end, if I wasn't instead reading the author's political rantings. ( )
  kohrmanmj | Sep 21, 2020 |
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All that keeps No Country for Old Men from being a deftly executed but meretricious thriller is the presence, increasingly confused and ineffectual as the novel proceeds, of the sheriff of Comanche County, one of the "old men" alluded to in the title.
 

"No Country for Old Men" is an unholy mess of a novel, which one could speculate will be a bitter disappointment to many of those eager fans. It is an unwieldy klutz that pretends to be beach reading while dressed in the garments of serious literature (not that those are necessarily mutually exclusive concepts). It is a thriller that is barely thrilling and a tepid effort to reclaim some of the focus and possibly the audience of McCarthy's most reader-friendly novel, "All the Pretty Horses." Worst of all, it reads like a story you wished Elmore Leonard had written -- or rather, in this case, rewritten.
 
Mr. McCarthy turns the elaborate cat-and-mouse game played by Moss and Chigurh and Bell into harrowing, propulsive drama, cutting from one frightening, violent set piece to another with cinematic economy and precision. In fact, ''No Country for Old Men'' would easily translate to the big screen so long as Bell's tedious, long-winded monologues were left on the cutting room floor -- a move that would also have made this a considerably more persuasive novel.
 
In the literary world the appearance of a new Cormac McCarthy novel is a cause for celebration. It has been seven years since his Cities of the Plain, and McCarthy has made the wait worthwhile. With a title that makes a statement about Texas itself, McCarthy offers up a vision of awful power and waning glory, like a tale told by a hermit emerging from the desert, a biblical Western from a cactus-pricked Ancient Mariner.
 
Cormac McCarthy's ''No Country for Old Men'' is as bracing a variation on these noir orthodoxies as any fan of the genre could expect, although his admirers may not be sure at first about quite how to take the book, which doesn't bend its genre or transcend it but determinedly straightens it back out.
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Llewelyn Moss is hunting antelope near the Texas/Mexico border when he stumbles upon several dead men, a big stash of heroin, and more than two million dollars in cash. He takes off with the money--and the hunter becomes the hunted. A drug cartel hires a former Special Forces agent to track down the loot, and a ruthless killer joins the chase as well. Also looking for Moss is the aging Sheriff Bell, a World War II veteran who may be Moss' only hope for survival.

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