No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (309pp)

Seven years after Cities of the Plain brought his acclaimed Border Trilogy to a close, McCarthy returns with a mesmerizing modern-day western. In 1980 southwest Texas, Llewelyn Moss, hunting antelope near the Rio Grande, stumbles across several dead men, a bunch of heroin and $2.4 million in cash. The bulk of the novel is a gripping man-on-the-run sequence relayed in terse, masterful prose as Moss, who's taken the money, tries to evade Wells, an ex–Special Forces agent employed by a powerful cartel, and Chigurh, an icy psychopathic murderer armed with a cattle gun and a dangerous philosophy of justice. Also concerned about Moss's whereabouts is Sheriff Bell, an aging lawman struggling with his sense that there's a new breed of man (embodied in Chigurh) whose destructive power he simply cannot match. In a series of thoughtful first-person passages interspersed throughout, Sheriff Bell laments the changing world, wrestles with an uncomfortable memory from his service in WWII and—a soft ray of light in a book so steeped in bloodshed—rejoices in the great good fortune of his marriage. While the action of the novel thrills, it's the sensitivity and wisdom of Sheriff Bell that makes the book a profound meditation on the battle between good and evil and the roles choice and chance play in the shaping of a life. 

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  • Peter

    A huge thanks from me to David for taking this meeting. I knew he'd be good and I'm delighted to hear he exceeded my expectations. It's so nice to know that I can rest assured that, if I can't make it, the group runs itself very nicely. We have some wonderful, stalwart members who make it a pleasure to be involved in this group. Talking of our stalwart members, I was very pleased that, following several months absence through ill health, Phyllis has put her name down for one of our upcoming meetings. It will be good to see her again, we've missed her!

    1 · March 29, 2014

    • David S.

      Let's have a welcome back Phyllis party or round of drinks or cookies!

      2 · March 29, 2014

    • Peter

      A very fine plan David!

      March 30, 2014

  • David S.

    Poly had the Hawk. Charles had consistency. Roseann had integrity. Everette had butterflies. Christiana had her group. Tiff had punctuation (and new glasses). Melissa had the language and the flow. John & I listened to the Audio version. Todd kept the time and kept us focused. Great group with great comments. Nevertheless, we missed Peter.

    2 · March 26, 2014

    • David S.

      First, thank you for being there. Your support really matters.

      March 27, 2014

    • David S.

      Secondly, I am finishing Sutree this week.

      March 27, 2014

  • Christine

    Good job David. Loved the book, discussion was great. I read that James Franco directed, write screen play, and acted in child of god that premiered at Venice film festival... No US distributor yet.

    March 27, 2014

  • David S.

    Great discussion by everyone. Charles and Poly's comments and questions spurred the group to a great discussion. The interchange of ideas was magnificent. [Remember - Google a video by entering Yale, Cormac McCarthy, and Blood Meridian.]

    March 27, 2014

  • Rosanne J.

    Everett and I enjoyed the ideas, interpretations and exchanges immensely! What a great group. David, you were an impressive leader. Thanks.

    March 26, 2014

    • David S.

      Integrity and butterflies. It doesn't get much better. Come back and keep sharing your insights. Finally, take a road trip and listen to Pretty Horses - no butterflies, but lots of scenery.

      March 26, 2014

  • Tiff D.

    Had a great time!

    March 26, 2014

  • Laneda

    Cormac McCarthy is one of my favorite authors and No Country for Old Men is one of my favorite books. But I have some kind of cold or flu or something and I simply can't make it tonight. David, I was really looking forward to your leadership tonight. I hate to miss this meeting.

    March 26, 2014

  • JT

    Sorry to bail. Didnt get into this book. Next time!

    March 25, 2014

    • David S.

      Jean, Cormac McCarthy is an acquired taste. Let me suggest that you come and hear the comments of your friends . . . and have a glass of wine. Peter is allowing me to lead the group in his absence, and I think you'll find out about this author who is rumored to be considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature!

      1 · March 25, 2014

  • Chen

    I was just about to sign up but realized I have a work-related dinner this evening. Such a shame. Hope to see you all at the next one.

    March 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sad I can't make this meeting! I have to be out of state on this day now. And I just finished the book! Boo! See you at the next one.

    March 18, 2014

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