The Structure of No Country

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  • 17 Jan 2015 at 7:27 am #6222

    jasonp
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    I was just reading that No Country For Old Men was first written as a screenplay. No one wanted it. McCarthy turned it into a novel. People loved it. Now they wanted it and they made the movie and it was a hit.

    The plot structure of No Country suddenly makes sense to me. I was wondering why all of his other novels that I’ve read seem to have no set structure and this one does. The Road, for example, you could tell McCarthy didn’t know where that one was going. I don’t think he knew where All The Pretty Horses was going either for the first 100 pages. And, obviously, Blood Meridian the same. It SEEMS that way anyway.

    Not that McCarthy gives in to total cinematic commercial plot structure in No Country. He seems to not give a damn about any of that. Which is one of the things I respect about him. His novels are fearless in every way.


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    17 Jan 2015 at 12:17 pm #6224

    Rick Wallach
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    Jason – ATPH and The Crossing both grew out of an original screenplay which ultimately became Cities of the Plain. McCarthy then wrote the first two novels of The Border Trilogy as backstories to COTP, even though the novel version of Cities was the last one published in the series. The original screenplay, though unpublished, is in the Wittliff Collection of papers at the Alkek Library at Texas State University in San marcos and you can make an appointment to go there and read it.

    Some years ago we heard that director Todd Field (In the Bedroom) wanted actually to film the original screenplay, but nothing seems to have ever come of that.


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    17 Jan 2015 at 12:24 pm #6225

    jasonp
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    Very cool, Rick. I still need to read the whole Border Trilogy. I seemed to spend tons of time on each of his books, so I haven’t gotten around to those or Outer Dark or Child of God or The Orchard Keeper yet.

    I’m on my fourth read through of Blood Meridian. For some reason that book keeps talking to me from the book shelf and telling me I’m not done with it. Not even close.


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