I’m speechless when it comes to this one. Is it possible I will write a short review (compared to my other blogs)? Don’t hold your breath…we’ll just have to see.
Llewellyn Moss, a pretty straight shooter (huh, guess in more ways than one…), finds a slew of dead drug dealers out in the Texas country. Not only does he find the bloody aftermath of the bad drug deal, but he also finds 2.4 million dollars, which he takes. In comes Chigurh, a human hunter who is trying to recover the drug money from Moss at no cost. Finally there is Ed Tom Bell, a sheriff, who is trying save the rest of the characters from an inevitable blood bath.
Yes, there is a tremendous amount of blood shed in this book. I am not familiar with much of the artillery used in the book, so I kept asking my husband. Finally, after I wanted to know what a “cattlegun” was, he said to me, “What the hell are you reading? A horror book?” Well, no, not really, but then again, yes, this is a horror book. Bleak, stark, horrific, McCarthy really gets down to the raw human emotions and desires in this book.
Recommendation: Hmmm, maybe we should start with who shouldn’t read this book. People who like a happy ending; people who don’t like blood, killing, brain matter splattering about; people who like basic grammatical conventions. As with many of his other books, McCarthy’s writing is as stark as the events. No quotation marks, rare usage of commas, bare bones prose. Which I like, but it does take time to get used to after coming off of a “normal” novel. This is my second McCarthy book (and won’t be my last), but truthfully, I liked The Crossing better (even though that book didn’t end “happily ever after” either). *Sigh*
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