The Road
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The Road
Cormac McCarthy
Literature
Jul 29, 2018
The Road starts simply enough: A father and son, waking after a night camping in the wilderness, prepare to journey onward. But we’re soon aware that the simplicity belongs to no pastoral idyll—the sky is endlessly gray, the rivers are the color of oil, and ash drips from above. Nearly all plants and wildlife have gone extinct. The nights, Cormac McCarthy writes, are “blinding cold and casket black.” Millions—billions—of people have died, and those unlucky enough to have survived exist on the sharp edge of starvation, either prey or predator in the cannibalistic food chain that catastrophe has unleashed. Apocalypse has come to America. It is a moving, riveting tale, an indelible vision of a future Wild West whose arrival—given the spate of climate-soaked catastrophes that dominate our news—seems more possible every day.
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Dec 4, 2018
McCarthy deserves mention, but probably not so much for this one ... try Blood Meridian or All the Pretty Horses for a better sense of his abilities.
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Read "The Road". Look at the world around you. And then cry with both mourning and joy as you observe your life.
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Mar 28
This is a book you love, but not in an uplifting sense. You love it because of the Father's devotion. You love it because you want things to turn out right, even though you know it won't. And, yes, you'll figure out the ending before it comes, but you'll wish and wish and wish you're wrong, but you know you're not. I cried.
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Apr 2
There are few books I despise more than this book. Yes, I get the message of the depths of a parent's love which McCarhy is trying to proffer. However, the vehicle he chooses to portray is so flawed that I could not see past the oversights to absorb the moral. Examples: There is enough daytime light to see a mile, but not enough for any plants to grow; there are many plant which thrive in those conditions. How are there not peaceful strongholds subsisting on mushrooms and earthworms? It would be pretty easy to construct an electric generator and drive it with a water-wheel. I could go in for days about the technical shortcomings of this book. McCarthy was only interested in creating the grimmest, most depraved conditions he could think of, science/engineering be damned. I hated nearly every page of it.
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One of the few books I have read more than once.
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Prose unlike any other
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Beautiful and horrible as only McCarthy can write.
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