John Dugdale

A Devil on the Highway

No Country for Old Men

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The Border Trilogy of the 1990s turned Cormac McCarthy from an obscure, reclusive author into a fêted, movie-adapted but still reclusive bestselling writer. Set in the 1940s and 1950s (although it’s forgivable to assume that All the Pretty Horses, the first and best-known novel, takes place much earlier), they essentially portray the last cowboys. In the bleak, elegiac No Country for Old Men, set in a more or less contemporary Texas, he turns his attention to another central figure of the Western, making his hero and mouthpiece one of the last old-style sheriffs.

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