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McCarthy is always brilliant. I read "No Country" when it was first published, and I've listened to the audio version three (or has it been it four?) times. I've rarely recommended an audio book instead of the "real" version, but I'll do just that in this case for one very good reason: I can't imagine a better reader than Tom Stechschulte (if only it were possible to commission Mr.Stechschulte to read "Suttree," which is my favorite McCarthy novel).
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
This is one of the best books I have ever read in my life. It is riveting, it is complete, it is complex, it demands much from the reader; it requires re-reading of some sections.
Every single character is "sympathetic." You like them all. You want each of them to achieve their goals.. the good guys and the bad guys. As the murder victims added up, I felt so sad, so sorry for them. The characters are so strong that I will never forget them.
Throughout the book, I kept asking myself "whose story is this?" It comes clear late in the book. It is in parts 7 and 8 that the whole thing begins to stick together.
Still, the end was a little disappointing. There is at least one "missing person," one unexplained death, and it is so much meditation on very "heavy" subjects.
I think I wish McCarthy had put some of that spiritual searching earlier in the book; following so much action, it's a little bottom heavy with stream-of-consciousness, moralizing. The questions are all apt to the story; they provoke deep thought.
There is very little but some politicizing ... some grandstanding by the author, but it was light and it did not feel like a "big statement."
At any rate it is among my all time favorites, right up there with the Classics, the Russians and the Moderns. It is atypical of these post-modern times. The book is old- fashioned in that it tells a real story. It is new-fashioned in that it has a strange approach to dialect -- including phonetic punctuation. It does become comfortable quickly. There are point of view switches that are not always clear until well into each new section's opening paragraphs. Sometimes you don't know whose story we are in, and then you do know because each character is so distinguishable.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
I have become addicted to audiobooks over the years. Most have been good, others adequate, but few like this book excellent. The story has a brilliant plot with twists and turns, the characters are believable and the narration is second to none.
Highly recommended, so much so that will I have to watch the film now and have downloaded another book written by Cormac McCarthy.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Amazingly well read, and despite the violence and the blood spilt in the pursuit of dirty money made from drug traficking explicit to the story I see a metaphor for the violence of the history of USA. It rolls over the lives of people which are decimated when they are touched by those whose greed and desire for this dirty money casts the long shadow. Cormac McCarthy uses the men within the story to convey a message deliberate or otherwise to the present and future generations if they will hear. I had to listen twice to the last section of the book and I am likely to go back again.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
The reading is superb - well done. The book is gripping and beautifully written. It poses some fundamental questions about America - many of them asked by the ageing sherif at the heart of the story. The writing itself exemplifies some of these problems, not least an infatuation with extreme violence and the guns that perpetrate it. Very strong sense of melancholy at the end of the book as the sheriff retires and America goes to hell in a hand basket.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
First audio book. Thought the narrator was brilliant. It got me in. Helps having McCarthy as author.