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"You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from. I was too
young for one war and too old for the next one. But I seen what come out of
it. You can be patriotic and still believe that some things cost more than
they are worth. Ask them Gold Star mothers what they paid and what they got
for it. You always pay too much. Particularly for promises. They aint no
such thing as a bargain promise."

Damn they good. Finished "No Country For Old Men" yesterday and just started
The Road. I got a penchant for novels about Man Vs Land and am currently devouring
this set.

I think the former is better than the movie, although the movie is about as
faithful as you can get. All the credit the film gets for masterful dialogue
is lifted directly from the book - that wasn't a cohen touch. There is
no speech punctuation written throughout the entire book so it reads as if
the whole story is an internal dialogue, or being re-enacted in someone's
mind. In my opinion, this gives it a lamenting and haunting quality that the
film simply reaches it's limit to express.

I reckon these words will stick with me till i'm an old man.

"I think by the time you're grown up you're as happy as you're goin' to be.
You'll have good times and bad times, but in the end you'll be about as
happy as you was before. Or as unhappy. I've knowed people that just never
did get the hang of it"

Posted by jc1000000


Caine says:

Cormac McCarthy always gives a great read. Love McCarthy's works.

13th Feb 2008, 23:55

billion says:

the main problem I found with the film was that half the time I couldn't understand what anyone was saying! but reading it I understand everything and yay the words are really beautiful...

14th Feb 2008, 10:40

jc1000000 says:

I drank before seeing the film so kept drifting off into a snooze. I gotta see it again at least to give it a fair hearing. Thing about films is you cant re-read bits and re-create the scene again, inflecting a different tone on a word. I found Chigurgh's delivery pretty flat, almost too single minded. Also Tommy Lee Jones just didn't have the gravitas of Bell. But meh, it's all much for muchness.

15th Feb 2008, 01:16

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