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The Road by Cormac McCarthy
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Jun 12, 10

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Read from May 26 to June 11, 2010

The relationship that McCarthy explores between this father and son is one of the great literary achievements of recent times. So much of it is so simple, the son depends on his father for his survival, the father finds a reason to live in his son. But the complexities go deep to make the relationship so real, so touching, and ultimately, so heartbreaking. Even though the father's one concern is keeping his son alive, in order to do so he has to do many things that the boy hates. He can't help everyone as the boy would like him to. He has to protect the boy against others with the threat of death when the boy doesn't want to hurt anyone. And the son has to try to understand that everything his father does is for his own good. Even though the book appears bleak and monotone, just as the blasted Earth that it describes is, it is rich is character depths and poetic language.
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