Re: RARA-AVIS: No Country for Old Men

From: Jason Boog (
Date: 28 Jul 2006


I finished the book two nights ago, and I'm still reeling from that deletion of the final shootout. The last 30 pages of that book worked pretty hard to upend every noir convention the first 100 pages used so well. Very unsual experience, I'm still not sure what my final verdict is.

Blood Meridian is by far my favorite McCarthy, but thanks for reminding me, followed by The Crossing...

--- In, Michael Robison
<miker_zspider@...> wrote:
> Jason Boog wrote:
> As long as McCarthy's style doesn't get on your
> nerves, you should check it out. No cowboys this time,
> but his clipped style works perfect in a neo-noir
> setting. The shootout between drug runners, a hitman,
> and the protagonist in a Texas motel is worth the
> price of admission. Anybody else reading with me?
> ***************
> I've read several by Cormac. Although No Country for
> Old Men was my least favorite, I still liked it.
> Somebody on this list made a comment about it that
> really hit home for me. Although the content and mood
> is undoubtably noir, he stated that the deletion of
> the protagonist's final showdown was very non-noir.
> His comment made me realize that the noir guy might be
> getting flushed down the shitter, but there is often a
> strong element of glory in it, even if it's sordid.
> In No Country, McCarthy sorta stole away a significant
> chunk of that by letting the character go down off
> stage.
> I assume you've read Blood Meridian. Have you seen
> that a new McCarthy is out in September? It's called
> The Road. WAHOOO!!
> miker
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