Review: No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

No Country For Old Men ncfom.jpgwas a quick thrilling read about an average guy, at least what I imagine as average when I think of a working man of the sort that would live in the area of Texas that this story is set in.   Rugged, independent, capable.

He finds a drug deal gone bad – lots of dead bodies, the drugs, and off aways, the guy who didn’t survive carrying off the cash.   Our boy picks up the cash and attempts the process of surviving this new turn in his life.

He knows the danger.   He thinks he can handle it.

But the psycho who quickly finds out who has this cash is not about to let up on completing his task of retrieving the money and punishing all who gets in the way.

Weaving through this process of cat and mouse are the thoughts of the lawman who is responsible for the well-being of the county’s citizens.    He’s got his own burdens to contemplate and we feel every nuance, all the weight.

My heart was beating so fast in the chase!   I enjoyed this book.   I eagerly await the movie.    What does that say about me and what I ‘enjoy’?    I don’t know.    Maybe, because I don’t want to realize this scary stuff is real and such people do exist;  that I feel very far from any possible impact on me personally?    I can make it all just-another-scary-movie?    

McCarthy doesn’t use much punctuation.  I read a quote somewhere that it just gets in his way to worry about such tedious things.   I’m generalizing and paraphrasing…    It took some to get used to,  like page 3!     An amazing storyteller.   This was action packed and thrilling.     I recommend it.


He looked at her.  After a while he said:  It’s not about knowin where you are.  It’s about thinkin you got there without takin anything with you.  Your notions about startin over.  Or anybody’s.  You dont start over.  That’s what it’s about.  Ever step you take is forever.  You cant make it go away.  None of it.  You understand what I’m sayin?

I think so.

I know you dont but let me try it one more time.  You think when you wake up in the mornin yesterday dont count.   But yesterday is all that does count.  What else is there?  Your life is made out of the days it’s made out of.  Nothin else.  You might think you could run away and change your name and I dont know what all.  Start over.   And then one mornin you wake up and look at the ceilin and guess who’s layin there?



4 out of 5 stars




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