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"The Road" – Cormac McCarthy

September 20th, 2010 No comments
Holy shit. I finally finished a book. Been awhile since I picked one up but felt compelled when my girlfriend is yellin' James Patterson in one ear and my sister is yellin' Cormac McCarthy in the other.

So I went with Cormac McCarthy's novel "The Road", largely because I knew he'd written "No Country For Old Men" and my sister swear's on her life that "Blood Meridian" is second to none. Originally written back in 2006, "The Road" has garnered a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 and in 2008, Entertainment Weekly "named The Road the best book, fiction or non-fiction, of the past 25 years." Who knew that Entertainment Weekly was filled with literary geniuses???

Sarcasm aside, the book is about the journey of a man, and his son, along a post apocolyptic road that is leading them south in search of more survival sources and more of the "good guys". They meet anything but along this trip, human civilization reduced to cannibalism and an entire hope vanished in a mysterious world-ending event that is never explained. Readers beware, if it were not for McCarthy's poetic prose I myself would have thrown in the towel after the first 10 pages, it is a VERY bleak and depressing story but again, McCarthy's choice descriptions really bring it along.

Can't say I agree with Entertainment Weekly's review but I read this after I saw the movie and will at least admit the book is better, I was hoping for more explanation in the book as to what happened with the world but the book and movie stay committed to each other. Next up, James Patterson's "Swimsuit", a story I'm sure is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum for the mere fact that the characters actually have names...
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