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The Road by Cormac McCarthy
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Apr 18, 2012

it was amazing

Cormac McCarthy has written a masterpiece of familial love, taken to its logical extreme as the father-son bond is tested by the strain and hopelessness of a post-apocalyptic world in which nothing lives, and the Man and his Son are possibly, if not likely, the last free good men on earth. Through grey rain and sleet, the Man and Son push on with their cart, carrying the fire, literally and figuratively, as they scavenge for remaining canned victuals and drinkable fresh water, traveling a vein of asphalt southeast to the coast. They must constantly scan the skies for smoke, signs of horrid bands of men who, in search of life, ultimately violate the line between man and beast. McCarthy's prose is a deft and an unlikely mixture of fluidity and curtness--I wanted to read it in one go, and cried at the close for his words to stop.

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