No Country for Old Men, by Cormac Mcarthy 



Mcarthy’s novel, now made into a famous motion picture, reflects upon the damnation of man in a southern texan drawl. The first aspect of this novel which struck me was the peculiar writing style; a seemingly continuous list of actions without much greater detail or character insight. Though difficult to accustom to at first, it appears that this is not without reason. A sharp comparison in style is made with frequent monologues from the sheriff, which are likewise the only chapters within which are numbered. Whilst at first this seemed to be a consideration of good against evil, it appears to be more deeply rooted in emphasising the mindless brutality of humanity, by contrasting this with the orderly sheriff. As the title states, this is no country for old men.


The novel follows a simple narrative, pursuing a drug chase between two dangerous individuals. However what makes this novel so powerful is its reflections on man, considering how simple life and death can be when one neglects emotion or care. Once more the near monotonous language style is used to emphasise this, leaving the reader struck with how mechanic the men within can be, witnessing and dealing death themselves without a second passing glance. Mcarthys world is both a separate but all too real and harrowing reflection on the expansive and ruthless business of drugs.

Length: 309 (Picador)

Overall Rating: 2.5 stars

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Author: Jack Jakins

A recent graduate of history, now an aspiring writer and general cynicist

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