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No Country for Old Men
No Country for Old Men | Cormac McCarthy
In his blistering new novel, Cormac McCarthy returns to the Texas-Mexico border, setting of his famed Border Trilogy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones. One day, a good old boy named Llewellyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a bodyguard of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the back. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the lawin the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bellcan contain.As Moss tries to evade his pursuersin particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human livesMcCarthy simultaneously strips down the American crime novel and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this mornings headlines. No Country for Old Men is a triumph.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Minervasbutler
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Begins with one of the most horrific murder scenes I've ever read and never lets up. The story itself is powerful and gripping and McCarthy's prose is laconic yet oddly poetic. He wastes no words on physical descriptions yet his characters I suspect will prove unforgettable, in particular Sheriff Bell who is wrestling with his own demons and is the main conduit for the novel's existential questions about good and evil. Simply superb.

paulfrankspencer One of the best. Movie is a top 5 for me. Book is better. 2mo
Reggie It‘s so funny because I thought the movie answered questions I had about the book and the book helped me answer friends‘ questions about the movie. Lol I didn‘t know how he was killing them in the book. 2mo
Minervasbutler @Reggie yeah that airpump stun gun thing had me confused too lol 2mo
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Minervasbutler
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Loving the dialogue in this one

paulfrankspencer Best part of the book and movie. So good. Monologues are much better in the book, though. 2mo
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Jason7
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Everyone has heard of this novel, or at least the movie. It‘s a western noir type story. The audio version has a great narrator, performing each character differently, which is important here because the dialogue is where the books shines most. Overall rating: 4.29 stars.

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DannyOlda
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Had to take a detour mid-book to re-establish my reading habit by picking one up that I knew I'd speed through... Thus Cormac McCarthy.

Taylor Have you read this before, or your first time? 6mo
DannyOlda First time, @Taylor . I've been meaning to for a while now. 6mo
Taylor Yeah, I haven‘t read this one, I realized. I was thinking this was a post about “Blood Meridian” for some reason. Have you read this author before though? 6mo
DannyOlda Ah, I haven't read Blood Meridian yet, @Taylor. I read The Road and enjoyed it. I think I liked his writing style more than the actual narrative there. This book, despite McCarthy's pared down style, leaves a lot to be parsed in a good way. I bet it's a good pick for a violent little book club. 6mo
Taylor Yeah I haven‘t read “The Road” either. “Blood Meridian” is a masterpiece though. His writing is great no matter what, it seems. 6mo
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyMar19 Day 17: This is an ingenious way of reframing bad #luck. I have been reading mixed reviews about this novel, but it seems like a must-read?

Nute I like this quote for trying to be positive in today‘s world. 7mo
Crazeedi I love this picture 7mo
DivineDiana Agree with both @Nute and @Crazeedi ! 7mo
DGRachel I love Cormac McCarthy and this book. It‘s very violent, but well written. 7mo
gradcat So true, and such a lovely post...I love this one! 7mo
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ehewett88
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I enjoyed this book but I much preferred the road. first book of 2019 and not a bad start!!!

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Allisontester
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Wow, this one was super intense

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JoshDeets
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Rereading some late Cormac McCarthy for the first time in a few years. Last time reading this was immediately preceding the movie's release 11 years ago. A lot has changed since then--for me, not for the havoc this wild beast of a tale wreaks on all who appear in it...and all who read it.

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clconn17
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I thought I was not going to like this book before opening it. I surprised myself by enjoying it actually. I didn‘t like the ending but I loved Sheriff Bell. He really made this book.

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Theshadedbuffalo
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Everyday this month I am posting new book quotes over on Instagram. ❤️ I thought I‘d continue the tradition here. If you want to follow me on Insta, it‘s the same handle as my Litsy.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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“I believe in periods, in capitals, in the occasional comma, and that‘s it.” “I mean, if you write properly you shouldn‘t have to punctuate.”
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#quotsysept18 #punctuation

Cathythoughts Nice one ! It‘s on my TBR 👍🏻❤️ 13mo
Leniverse I am fond of frequent commas, including the Oxford one, and of question marks, and correctly used semi colons, but I like some restraint shown in the use of exclamation marks. 13mo
Abailliekaras Hmm.,., 13mo
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Reggie
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I once took a creative writing class where the instructor asked us how much work should a reader put in? We said 50% cause we were young and dumb. But then you read Cormac and you feel like maybe that was the right answer. Lol This book and movie go #goodtogether because whatever questions you have about one the other will answer. I swear I had no idea how he was killing them until the movie came out. #SeptemberDanes

Kalalalatja I remember when this movie came out, and I was like “Nope, not going to watch it”, but I‘m beginning to think maybe I should! 14mo
Reggie @Kalalalatja Have you read the book? I liked the movie and also it stars my celebrity husband, Javier Bardem who I love, crazy killer bowl cut and all.😍 Give it a shot. 14mo
Kalalalatja No I haven‘t, but I think I‘ll have to try both! And Bardem‘s bowl cut might have been the thing that freaked me out the most when watching the trailer 😂😂 14mo
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Cinfhen This movie was sooooo disturbing, I quit midway through 😝 14mo
Reggie @Cinfhen what?!! Lol 14mo
sisilia I watched the movie and I had nightmares after that 😅 Bardem‘s good, though! 14mo
Reggie @sisilia Yikes, the one I had nightmares about was Cormac‘s other book, The Road. The sun doesn‘t shine while reading that one. The sun at least shined/shone for me while reading this one. 14mo
DivineDiana @Kalalalatja I felt the same. But now thinking, I could probably read the book as I am curious. 🤔@Reggie I think he‘s very sexy and obviously Penelope Cruz must too! 😉 14mo
Reagan-reads @Reggie I had nightmares when I was reading The Road too. The movie was okay, they did a great job on those nightmare inducing parts 😫 14mo
DGRachel I love Cormac McCarthy. This was the first book of his that I read. I think I “watched” half of this film, though, from behind my fingers (I read the book first). 14mo
Reggie @DivineDiana lol, she‘s actually in 2 of my favorite films ever made. All About My Mother and Volver. Just a warning about the book. He uses no quotations and that‘s what was tough. It dawns on you, ‘Oh, they‘re talking.‘ 14mo
DivineDiana Thanks for the heads up! I saw Volver so long ago that I really need a rewatch! 14mo
Reggie @Reagan-reads For me, The Road fits into that category of apocalyptic future of why bother even trying to live? At the end, I kinda thought. Should I be happy that family found him? AND that they probably ate the boy the next day but the editor said,”Cormac, that‘s too far.” Lol I never watched the movie. 14mo
Reggie @DGRachel I must be desensitized from reading all the horror. I didn‘t think this movie was that scary. The part that bothered me in both is what happens to the wife. 14mo
Reagan-reads @Reggie haha yes! I hear you. I really sympathized with the wife, who could blame her for bailing? It definitely caused some inner turmoil! 14mo
Bookzombie Oh, @Reggie I love your thoughts on The Road and had to share them with my husband. The movie is adapted well, but yes, there is no sunshine. I love both books and movies. 14mo
Reggie @Bookzombie 😊I haven‘t watched The Road the movie. It‘s weird but lately, if the book is good, I don‘t want to watch the movie. Which is a total lie because if they made a movie of My Best Friend‘s Exorcism I would watch it. Lol idk. I just didn‘t want to go through the darkness of The Road twice. 14mo
Suet624 Bardem. 💕💕💕 13mo
Reggie @Daniel_S this is another post I did for Cormac McCarthy. Yeah, in No Country For Old Men the moment that really affected me was the poor wife.....”You don‘t have to Mister.” And then Chigurh tells her he does because of what the husband did. And then he shoots her. It was horrible. The one I want to read by him is Blood Meridian. (edited) 9mo
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paulfrankspencer
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It's not about knowin where you are. It's about thinkin you got there without takin anything with you. Your notions about starting 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... Your life is made out of the days it's made out of. Nothin else.

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paulfrankspencer
No Country for Old Men | Cormac McCarthy

The sheriff shook his head. Dope, he said.
Dope.
They sell that shit to schoolkids.
It's worse than that.
How's that?
Schoolkids buy it.

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paulfrankspencer
No Country for Old Men | Cormac McCarthy

It takes very little to govern good people. Very little. And bad people cant be governed at all. Or if they could I never heard of it.

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trioxin_sematary
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This will be my next McCarthy book...

He's a brilliant author!

The Road is one of my favourite books of all time.

Blood Meridian, absolute classic!

It's a pity I watched this movie years ago, I like to read the book first! 😏

I'm sure it'll be great though! 😌

#cormacmccarthy #book #nocountryforoldmen #bookworm #booklover #litsy #bookdiscussion #booknerd #booknerdigans #bibliophile #fiction

Geeklet I need to read more of his books. The Road is my favorite book. It‘s so hauntingly beautiful. 1y
DGRachel I loved this book. I think it was the first of his that I read. I love the way he writes. 1y
literarywisdom I quite like the simplicity of this cover. 1y
Joy0201 Chigurh scared me so bad in this I had a nightmare about him. Excellent book 1y
TheWordJar I definitely have to put this on my TBR. The Road was just brilliant. 1y
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Christyco125
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This was between a pick and a so-so. It was written without quotation marks and in phonetic dialect (used to could, bettern). It took some getting used to on my part. I feel it was a story about honor and maybe a little justice. #LitsyClassics #N #2018christyread

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HeatherBookNerd
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Day 16 of the RiotGrams Challenge:
Spell June in Book Titles

All found on my bookshelves

@bookriot #riotgrams #spelljuneinbooktitles #day16

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smccallum
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Finally getting back into the swing of proper reading (more coming up on that!) and this book is MENTAL I‘ve read All The Pretty Horses but this is a whole different level! Anyone else read this or have thoughts on McCarthy?

Pogue I read one of his books and it was not the easiest thing for me to get through. It was his writing style, I just can‘t. (edited) 1y
youneverarrived I‘ve only read The Road but I didn‘t love it. I do want to try another of his books though. 1y
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allisoncalifornia
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I can appreciate it even though I didn‘t like how oppressively tragic it was.

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britt_brooke
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PictureandBook Man! Some great ones in there. 2y
Kalalalatja Great pic! 👌❤️ 2y
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Decalino Love this! 2y
kspenmoll Nice snd red!! 2y
britt_brooke @kspenmoll ☺️💚 2y
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Emily92Bibliophile
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Mehso-so

2.5🌟 Thank heavens for the SCRIBD app for pulling me through on this bookclub Read I have been putting off all month for AUDIO 🎧🎧For me it‘s a “ meh” story- ok and lots of action and details on killing, but not for me. Respect for McCarthy went out the window when I saw he doesn‘t use quotation marks in his books.🚫

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Emily92Bibliophile
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4 hours in, 3 hours left. It‘s a blustery Presidents Day and don‘t feel like going out until I have to this evening. Thank goodness for Presidents who thought it best to give us a day off to celebrate them 😂🎉💙 Not feeling this book- it‘s OK but not my favorite. Just thankful I can listen to it as background noise as I organize and clean up around the house. I just want to finish it once and for all... Aiming to finish it by 3:30! 😂🤞🏻

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Emily92Bibliophile
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Well, it‘s done!! I got it! Thanks everyone for your opinions!- I ended up deciding I will use SCRIBD for audiobooks,(because my local library lacks in that area) and use my library for checking out physical books. Happy reading all! I‘ll be spending the next couple hours listening on this School Holiday for Presidents Day.

Lola Great timing as Scribd just went back to its unlimited model for audiobooks earlier this month (they had gone to a limit of three per month for awhile). Happy listening! And reading!! 2y
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Emily92Bibliophile
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Last post Cont. SCRIBD Users Qs 💙Ok so I‘m interested in the Scribd app- especially that they have the Silmarillion audio on it!! OK back to my questions: 1️⃣what do the 3 monthly credits mean if you have access to all the books in the system? I saw it‘s 2 book credits,& 1 Audio,& they roll over to the next month if not used. 2️⃣ Bc I don‘t have much of a commute, I finish audios maybe every two months- would this still be worth it? @Chelleo

Emily92Bibliophile ALSO I did my free trial back in 2015 when I was in college- what I do remember I liked, but I didn‘t use it a lot bc I couldn‘t read much else other than for my literary classes ( English/ Ed Interdisciplinary) and my workload. (edited) 2y
CathyJ I just joined scribd and it's all unlimited now. You have access to everything! 2y
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Emily92Bibliophile
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SOS Need some opinions. This one is a Bookclub read from one of the menfolk in the group. Barely two chapters in and I can‘t stand the writing. I‘m already struggling to get actual reading done but I don‘t want to waste time on this one. However I aim to try new reads/ styles- but MAN I can‘t stand it. I‘m honestly grammatically correcting the parts that should have quotations because I am so bored& conflicted. What do y‘all think?

JoeStalksBeck Watch the movie and be done 😂 2y
Rachel.Rencher Ooh no! I loved the movie, and I have the book but haven't attempted it, yet... this might be a case where the movie is better? 2y
Emily92Bibliophile ☝🏻I like that @JoeStalksBeck 😂 2y
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cathysaid Skim it so you can discuss but also watch the movie. 2y
GypsyKat I agree with @JoeStalksBeck 😂 2y
Gezemice I read the Road. He just does not use quotation marks. It did not bother me. Other things did though... 2y
JoeStalksBeck Lol 👍🏻 2y
Chelleo Or maybe the audiobook? 2y
Emily92Bibliophile @Chelleo I have thought about that - I would just need to finish by March 3( our meeting date). Maybe this is a sign that I should sign up for Scribd? 2y
tpixie Do you do audio & ebooks from your library? There may be a free audio. 2y
Emily92Bibliophile @tpixie I do but sadly they don‘t have this one in Audio 😭I have already requested the limit amount so I can‘t request an audio for this one. Sadly they take a little long to fill in requests- that‘s why I miss being a librarian there because if i Recommended it, they got it pretty quick. 2y
Texreader That is his writing style. I was ok with it once I got used to it but having struggled with author styles before, I completely understand your issues. Good luck! 2y
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CathyJ
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Panpan

I am very grateful this one is done. I was probably biased because I didn't like the movie and had to read it for book club. It just wasn't for me.

tournevis He's a stylistic genius and can plot like there's no tomorrow, but it does not make his books good for all. I hated The Road. With a passion. 2y
DGRachel He is definitely not for everyone. I love everything of his I‘ve read so far, but I can totally see how/why others don‘t enjoy his work. 2y
Jinjer My mom and I watched the movie several years ago and we were both like WTF??? 2y
Reggie @Jinjer I had never encountered this until Cormac but NCFOM is a case where what questions you have about the movie are answered in the movie, and the questions I had about the book are answered in the movie. Lol 2y
Jinjer @Reggie 😂 2y
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Jenna2
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I don't think I would have gotten through this one by reading it. Spending the day off with the audiobook. The narrator is great, still undecided about the story itself. Not my regular cup of tea.

Jenna2 I just don‘t get what the fuss is about. Definitely wouldn‘t have gotten through it if I couldn‘t half heartedly listen to it. @CathyJ 2y
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CathyJ
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I'll admit I'm struggling a bit with this one, but it's a book club read so I won't bail. I'm not very far in so I'm hoping it picks up.

Tadams4 Best of luck! 2y
Cinfhen Hate when a bookclub pick becomes a chore...hope it gets better (edited) 2y
CathyJ @Cinfhen I know, but I also love to get exposed to books I wouldn't normally read (and discover be authors I love that I would never have tried myself). Positive thinking, positive thinking... 2y
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Cinfhen Yes!!! That's true and I often find even if I'm not feeling a book after bookclub discussion I come to appreciate the book more 2y
CathyJ @Cinfhen Yes that is very true too! 2y
Reggie I think this one gets helped by you seeing the movie. I couldn‘t figure out how he was killing people. I will admit this book is also a challenge because good ol‘Cormac doesn‘t believe in quotations. So I had to keep rereading some passages because I realized oh yeah, they‘re talking. Ultimately, I did enjoy the book and the story of greed and consequences. Also, I love the movie cause my celebrity husband is in there looking his best ugly sexy. 2y
CathyJ @Reggie I think my problem is that I did see the movie years ago and didn't love it. Then, I went into the book expecting not to like it. The lack of quotations doesn't bother me so much (Margaret Atwood does the same), but the missing apostrophes in some words is a little annoying. 2y
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UnabridgedTomes
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If you‘re looking for an entry point McCarthy, this is your best bet. The spare, poetic prose, the hauntingly memorable characters, the damn good storytelling. It‘s all here.

Texreader It‘s a good one! 2y
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sarahllane
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Today's lunch date ☕️📚
#booklife #cormacmaccarthy #bookdate

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Oryx
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Just like #theblob Anton Chigurh is a relentless, inexorable, killer. #monstermadness2017 @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan 👍🏻🤓👻 2y
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Lcsmcat Excellent choices! 2y
kyraleseberg That's a good lookin' stack! Great choices! 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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"I believe in periods, in capitals, in the occasional comma, and that‘s it,” once said McCarthy in an interview. Well, Mr. McCarthy, I won't challenge your belief, but I had an unpleasant and difficult time trying to read this book. I stopped reading it after a while and it's still waiting for me on my shelf.
#punctuate #anditsaugust

DGRachel 😂😂 2y
hlgreenfield I had the same problem with his books. I've tried The Road twice and the style is just not for me. I may give him another chance with a different book, but I probably just can't read his writing style. I like my paragraphs! 😂 2y
Reggie His books are so good, though. I will admit having to read a couple of pages 2-3 times. 2y
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AmyG Blood Meridian scared the crap out of me. His books are good...but yes, can be a tough read. 2y
Coleen I've read two of his & was very impressed with both. BUT! Both on audio, which were excellent . Not sure if I would have felt the same had I had the book in print in front of me. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @hlgreenfield perhaps we should try audiobooks, as what @Coleen did. 2y
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al13ex
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Evening read takes me back to the time I saw the movie adaptation. I remember the movie didn't have any soundtrack and somehow that's how the book feels like as well. There's a certain silence that comes with reading it, but the voices of the characters are still strangers to me. I've no idea what to think of it after the first chapter. #currentlyreading

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MLRio
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I won‘t talk about the war neither. I was supposed to be a war hero and I lost a whole squad of men. Got decorated for it. They died and I got a medal. I don‘t even need to know what you think about that. There aint a day I dont remember it.

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MLRio
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What do you say to a man that by his own admission has no soul? Why would you say anything? I‘ve thought about it a good deal. But he was nothin compared to what was comin down the pike.

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MLRio
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His own shadow was more company than he would have liked. Ugly feeling out here. A trespasser. Among the dead. Dont get weird on me, he said. You aint one of em. Not yet.

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MLRio
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Currently reading. #southwesterngothic

BookishMarginalia Love that cover 2y
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Bookloverforever
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Bailedbailed

Plot is confusing, writing and grammar are atrocious

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Jayhawk_In_Texas
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Road trip today, which is the perfect opportunity to finally listen to this audiobook!

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UnabridgedTomes
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Pickpick

I loved reading No Country with my seniors when I was still teaching high school. But my mom, who's teaching the class now, is even better at it than I was. Just look at this board!

mcipher Wow!! 👍 3y
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Anton
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Decided to watch some past Oscar winners tonight ahead of tomorrow's ceremony, including 2008 Best Picture 'No Country For Old Men'.

TheBookDream Watch the Spirit Awards (on IFC in rerun right now). It's the Oscar's with a 2 drink minimum 😂 3y
TheBookDream Oscars* 3y
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ScottSays
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Pickpick

Apart from an I satisfying ending, No Country for Old Men is a thrilling book!

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AlobelThee
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Pickpick

Gosh, what a card pairing 😂 motives for a another re-read! Chigurh is right up there for ultimate fascinating villains. The often spaced-out writing style gives a slow atmospheric feel to tense hunting. Dialogues all around are the memorable best. The way events played out had a deeply realistic feel, eerie and unstoppably wild! 🗃💸

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ScottSays
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Good stuff! A hundred pages left!