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The Road by Cormac McCarthy
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Aug 19, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: sci-fi
Read from August 15 to 18, 2011

** spoiler alert ** Very gripping and hard to put down for several reasons. The book is not divided into chapters, so it's difficult to find a good breaking off point to put the book down. I haven't seen the movie as of yet, but it's obivous that this was made for the screen; the action is non-stop.
The author's vision is certaily fully formed and self-consistent. The level of dreariness is unabating and mood is heavy because of it. Man has somehow managed to destroy everything, all life, save for a few beggarly stragglers. While I'm not sure a nuclear apocalypse would have these characteristics, I hadn't really considered the after before. Mesmerizing and poignant. I actually heard a speech from an anti-nuke activist two weeks ago on Alternative Radio, and it was nice to hear someone who still gave a crap that all of our lives are still in the hands of a few 20 year olds that actually have their hands on the big red buttons. It's not the POTUS and the President of Russia that do, it's these guys, a handful of volunteers on each side. Terrifying. Really hits home now.
Anyways, I highly recommend the book, but know that you are not in for a treat.

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