No Country for Old Men
A retired welder chances upon a case full of cash at a bloody crime scene in the South Texas desert.
A retired welder chances upon a case full of cash at a bloody crime scene in the South Texas desert. A killer and a lawman soon pick up his trail, kicking off a stark, violent parable that 'œoffers much more hard-driving suspense' than anything the great Cormac McCarthy has written before, said Madison Smartt Bell in Bookforum. Seven years after his last book, the best-selling author of All the Pretty Horses still takes a cold view of man's place in the cosmos, and his 'œambitious, unforgivingly difficult prose style' still may inspire the unindoctrinated to turn tail. But what's most surprising about McCarthy's ninth novel is that, while 'œthe white hats don't win,' it steers by a 'œconventional moral compass.' The killer is not the problem, said Adam Kirsch in The New York Sun. In fact, he's so principled about never sparing a life that he's practically 'œa problem in theodicy.' The sheriff, on the other hand, plainly parrots McCarthy's own worldview, and his ethical code boils down to 'œa very conventional manliness, borrowed from Hemingway, if not from Gary Cooper.' Even so, the end result is a 'œpowerfully macho' novel, said Judi Goldenberg in the Richmond, Va., Times-Dispatch. And that makes it a 'œsurefire winner.'