100 Books in 100 Words #2: No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

May 7, 2009 at 7:00 am 3 comments

31t4zn2y58l_ss500_Everything you know about these characters comes from their external behavior; there’s no description of internal feelings except for italicized chapters of Sheriff Bell’s beautifully simple monologue.  The simple descriptions of even the most minute details force you to slow down and let the action sink in.  It’s this deliberate pacing that allows the horror of Chigurh’s actions to grab you and shake you to your soul.  The Coens’ adaptation is note-perfect, understandably, because McCarthy’s stripped down narrative reads like a screenplay. No word is wasted, and the metaphors he does use are rare enough to stand out like gems.


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  • 1. The Silly Addiction  |  May 7, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    I really want to read the book. McCarthy’s style is such an amazing combination of poetry and breathtaking brevity.

  • 3. Betty  |  May 8, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    It made me want to re-watch the film as well, because the things that seem out of place- Llewellyn’s abrupt resolution, the strange tone of the end- all make sense in the context of the book, and it’s also clear that it’s intentional on the part of the filmmakers that it feels abrupt. It’s part of the point of it all, and if you miss that, you miss the point of the narrative.


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