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The Road by Cormac McCarthy
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Jul 08, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction-general, science-fiction
Recommended to Hotspur by: my sweetheart of the rodeo
Recommended for: thoughtful types, fathers, lovers of good prose.

Cormac McCarthy's books are often tragic and poignant (I've read SUNSET LTD, OUTER DARK and THE CROSSING), but they have rarely evoked such powerful emotions in me as THE ROAD has. This is not a book one reads for a detour to shiny-happy land. McCarthy's bleak devastated post-apocalyptic novel is terse, without a formal style and hardly any punctuation to speak of. And yet, it is so gripping. The nameless father seeks to redeem himself for past failure by doing anything he can to keep his young son alive, as they shamble along a pointless journey to a destination that makes no sense.

The language of the novel, clipped and odd though it is, was powerful and emotional-- rarely does a book put tears in my eyes, but this one did.

Dad, he asked, what would you do if I died?

I would want to be dead too, I respond.

Oh. To be with me?


He was silent for a while.

You're not going to consider this the feel good novel of the year, I assure you. But you will not regret taking the time to read it.
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