RARA-AVIS: No Country for Old Men

From: Bill Crider ( bcrider@houston.rr.com)
Date: 25 Jul 2005

So I'm reading the review of Cormac McCarthy's new book in the latest issue of TEXAS MONTHLY, and I see that it's by Don Graham. I've known Don casually for about 40 years, and I respect him as a both a scholar and book reviewer. He says that the book's a "kick-ass read."

He also says this: "The book begins with the voice of Ed Tom Bell, and old county sheriff: 'I sent one boy to the gaschamber in Huntsville.'" What I'd like to know is, which Huntsville would that be? The one in Texas, as far as I know, doesn't have a gas chamber and has never had one. From 1819 until 1923, hanging was the means of execution. From 1924 until injection became the method of execuction in 1977, the state used the electric chair, built by inmates and known as Old Sparky. It's now in the Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville.

Don doesn't comment on the "gaschamber" remark. Maybe the book doesn't really say that. It's hard for me to get past something like that when I read it at the beginning of a book.

Billl Crider

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