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Sailing to Byzantium

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Some of you have asked for the full version of “Sailing to Byzantium” the William Butler Yeats poem from which the line ‘no country for old men’ originates. I am more than happy to oblige: I That is no country for old men. The young In one another’s arms, birds in the trees —Those dying generations—at their song, The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas, Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long Whatever is begotten, born, and dies. Caught in that…

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No Country for Old Men

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After deciding that Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, with its searing prose and harrowing vision, was the best book I have ever read, I started to go through the back catalogue of McCarthy’s work, beginning with No Country for Old Men. The title comes from the poem “Sailing to Byzantium” by William Butler Yeats. The plot follows the interweaving paths of the three central characters (Moss, Chigurh, and Bell) set in motion by events related to a drug deal gone bad…

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