No Country for Old Men

200px-Cormac_McCarthy_NoCountryForOldMen.jpgToday I finished reading Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men. From Wikipedia:

The plot follows the interweaving paths of the three central characters set in motion by events related to a drug deal gone bad near the Mexican-American border in southwest Texas.

I enjoyed it as I usually do when it comes to McCarthy. The Coen brothers adapted it for film and it comes out later this fall.

This passage by Sheriff Ed Tom Bell was one of my favorites

Here a year or two back me and Loretta went to a conference in Corpus Christi and I got set next to this woman, she was the wife of somebody or other. And she kept talkin about the right wing this and the right wing that. I aint even sure what she meant by it. The people I know are mostly just common people. Common as dirt, as the sayin goes. I told her that and she looked at me funny. She thought I was sayin something bad about em, but of course that's a high compliment in my part of the world. She kept on, kept on. Finally told me, said: I don't like the way this country is headed. I want my granddaughter to be able to have an abortion. And I said well mam I dont think you got any worries about the way the country is headed. The way I see it goin I dont have much doubt what she'll be able to have an abortion. I'm goin to say that not only will she be able to have an abortion, she'll be able to have you put to sleep. Which pretty much ended the conversation.

Comments

Why was this particular passage one of your favorites?

I thought it was a humorous comment that Ed Tom made...the story of how he put the "wife of somebody" in her place in his folksy sort of way.