NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2005) 2.5/5 MAYBE Thriller Rs.128 (Bookchor.in) Cormac McCarthy [4.13/115322 ratings Goodread
51 days 309 pgs. Completed yet another book, my 2nd read of Cormac McCarthy, 1st being ‘The Road’. This book named NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, and I’m sure you all are aware of a movie by this name.
Well as I’ve read somewhere this was first written directly as a screenplay for the movie, and then later converted into a novel as well. Well it does seems to me like that. The writing style was very different and very confusing to even a practiced reader like me. It was written in a combo of 1st person and 3rd person. 1st person was written in italics. Its very hard for you to grasp who is talking now or to whom this ‘he’ or ‘she’ is referring to. Story / screenplay, whatever you want to call it, was good. Here’s the story-:
There’s a drug deal which goes wrong and one fine morning one guy Llewelyn Moss found some dead mexicans at the desert at US mexican border, and he found some money, which he tool. There’s Anton Chigurh who was sent to retrieve the money back and then there’s a sheriff Ed Tom Bell who is following the drug trail. Who got whom and how is this story is all about.
His other book was very slow but still it was more understandable but this book got me a lot confused while reading. Not only the above problem of understanding the character but the language usage also make me more confused, the old american western style is used, since the story belongs to that era and area. Direct dialogues can take a toll on you and even 300 odd pages looks hard to complete. Still if you love reading good and hard books, and like McCarthy, you can go with this one. The characters are not well developed which I found is the style of McCarthy, he wanted you to go with the flow to understand his characters. The film adaptation was better and released in 2007, I have already seen the movie. I rate this book 2.5/5
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