telling minor stories to avoid a major one


Bookdown: No. 7 by Barbecue Bros
May 4, 2009, 2:06 pm
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7. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2007, 287 pp) – This was my first Cormac McCarthy novel (who has written many books including All the Pretty Horses and No Country for Old Men), and boy it was a doozy. The Road is a haunting novel of a father and son surviving in a post-apocalyptic burned earth. Most of humanity has been wiped out, and the living survive by whatever means possible – whether that is through bad means or good is what ultimately defines them, according to the father.

The father does not have any concrete reasons, but he feels that he and his boy should head east to the coast because it can’t be any worse there than it is inland. They travel along various routes and through abandoned towns, scavenging whatever food they can find in old houses or stores while always keeping an eye out for “the bad guys.” McCarthy writes in a very easy to read prose consisting of only basic punctuation, and the 287 pages  are easily digestible in just a few readings (depending on how much you get sucked into the book).

This is another case where I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie to be released later this year (see: The Lovely Bones). In addition to having some context before seeing the movie, it too ended up being a great read despite tying up maybe a little too neatly.

Next up: The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon

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