No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy


„You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from”.

It’s 1980, another ordinary day which Llewelyn Moss spends on hunting in the area of Rio Grande. The missed shot makes Moss go on a road in search for frightened antelopes. But instead of the herd of animals, he finds a couple of cars along with bodies covered with blood, package of heroin and one black suitcase.

„That god lives in silence who has scoured the following land with salt and ash”.

At the same time Chigurh, famous for cruelty and determination, escapes from the police station. He steals the car and heads for road 349 to the south. He has very little time and he realizes that in the next weeks a lot of blood will be spilled. However, he doesn’t know that a policeman follows his footsteps.

„It takes very little to govern good people. (…) And bad people can’t be governed at all. Or if they could I never heard of it”.

No Country for Old Men is a book that is unputdownable. From the beginning, the reader may be surprised by the form of dialogues that are written without any dashes. With some time, the whole attention is focused on the twists of the plot.

Cormac McCarthy is the author of bestsellers, such as The Road, Child of God, or Sunset Limited. His No Country for Old Men was made into a film by Coen Brothers, receiving many prizes, notably the Oscar in 2008, as they managed to maintain the atmosphere of the novel.

Author: Katarzyna Anita Piotrowska
Translation: Dorota Osińska