No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy.
Great book and great movie. A small part of me wished I’d read the book first, or that I would have at least waited a few weeks before reading the book after seeing the movie. This way I could have imagined the characters myself rather than picturing the three main leads from the Cohen Brothers film. That being said, the three main actors are excellent, and perfect in their roles.
There is a glimmer of hope in the novel. Only in the sense that though we can’t do a thing about the evil in the world, we can at least hold each others’ hands feeling each others’ love and warmth while either suffering through or observing the evils going on around us. There is no hope in the movie.
The story is of three men: A good guy, the Sheriff, a mostly good though greedy guy, Moss, and the angel of death, Chigurh. This movie could have been called: The Good, The Greedy, and The Angel of Death. The good guy gets beat down in spite of himself. The greedy man looses because of himself. The Angel of Death succeeds because he is the Angel of Death. The movie centers around the chase. The book revolves around the Sheriff and his own internal quest for redemption. Neither would be a story without the bad decisions Moss makes.
This story is biblical in its reach, and I’m talking Old Testament here. God is a vengeful motherfucker. I’m blown away by the writing, how McCarthy capture the vastness of West Texas, and how perfect this scenery is for this story. I’m sure he could have made it work in a different setting, but here on the Mexican border of Texas, in Terrell County, it’s perfect.
I want to write like this. I’m jealous.
If you haven’t read this book or seen this movie, you should do both.
Peace & Love
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