No Country for Old Men

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  • 24 Oct 2012 at 9:28 pm #2263

    eagleclaw76
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    Just read No Country for Old Men and was completely spellbound. I enjoyed the movie as well, as it was pretty close to the book. I was wondering if we will ever see a sequel, despite Moss and wife eliminated,  Anton Chigurh remains at large although wounded. Cormac has created one of the best villains ever, would love to see a continuation or perhaps a prequel (Rise of Anton Chigurgh). Thoughts anyone.


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    24 Oct 2012 at 10:24 pm #2266

    Rick Wallach
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    Unlikely.  Even though I’m not all that fond of the screenplay,  you can see McCarthy expanding upon some of the themes and possibilities out of No Country in The Counselor. I suspect he figures he can take the potential developments of the whole drug war idea in other directions without the baggage of prior work.


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    25 Oct 2012 at 6:35 pm #2269

    eagleclaw76
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    Thanks Rick for your thoughts, I guess a follow up would be a monumental task, seems I’ll just have to keep reading what he produces. I recently purchased Blood Meridan, looking forward to devour that.


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    25 Oct 2012 at 10:41 pm #2275

    Rick Wallach
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    I always envy folks who are just about to embark on Blood Meridian for the first time. I can only advise you to fasten your seatbelt. You’re in for one helluva ride.


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    30 Oct 2012 at 9:40 pm #2280

    Anonymous

    I discovered the joy of McCarthy only a few weeks ago. I had seen and appreciated No Country for Old Men but hadn’t read any novels until The Crossing. Twenty pages in, I was hooked. After The Crossing, I read Cities on the Plain and I am on the last pages of All the Pretty Horses now. Blood Meridian awaits. After that, although I have seen The Road, I may try it. Those who have seen No Country and read the book, do you still advise reading it after having seen the screen adaptation?


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    30 Oct 2012 at 9:49 pm #2281

    Rick Wallach
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    Absolutely. The Coens were extremely judicious and wise, I think, to treat their film as its own animal and not try to mimic the textures of the novel by turning Bell’s monologues into a protracted voiceover or deus ex machina. However, you shouldn’t miss the experience of the crucial half of the novel that those monologues represent. Read it, and savor it thoroughly.


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    31 Oct 2012 at 8:35 pm #2282

    Anonymous

    Thanks Rick–will dive into it next


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    12 Dec 2012 at 9:38 pm #2671

    Martin
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    Question: In the book NCFOM, Chigurh shoots at a hawk and misses, while hunting down Llwelyn Moss. In the movie, it’s a raven Chigurh shoots at (and misses). My teenage son, who is developing a strong interest in Mccarthy’s works (he’s reading Blood now) asked me the significance.

    Help!

    Stumped.


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    12 Dec 2012 at 9:47 pm #2672

    Rick Wallach
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    Ravens train very well – they’re smarter than parrots and actually can make very loyal,  responsive, intelligent pets. I suspect the Coens were merely informed that a trained raven would be a lot easier and more dependable to manage on the set than a hawk, even the best trained of which are very high strung and easily stressed out.  I seriously doubt if there’s more to it than hat.


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    12 Dec 2012 at 9:56 pm #2673

    Martin
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    Rick – thanks. Hadn’t thought of that. But what Ben is really driving at is the significance of Chigurh, otherwise a deadeye shot, missing the bird. It brings to mind Moss’s opening scene where he plays the roll of the hunter and misses his quarry. Not sure the reader is supposed to connect the two, but given McCarthy’s skills, hard not to note the data points.

    I just can’t connect them.


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