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The Road by Cormac McCarthy
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Nov 01, 2014

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Damn this book...I can't say that I'm enjoying it. Because I'm not. However, I am very interested. Whenever I read a book, I try and place myself in the head of the author and figure out why they write what they write. What in God's name possessed McCarthy to write a book like this? This is very disturbing because you realize this could be earth in the future. And I feel for the boy and his Dad. They are caught between life and death within the thinnest of margins. I'm not quite finished with this yet and I'm afraid of the ending. I so want it to be happy since the whole book has been so dark.

OK I'm Done....

I did not enjoy this book. It was a good read, don’t get me wrong. It was just so depressing. The story is about a father and son who are walking to coastal America after, what appears to be a nuclear war, totally destroys the land. There aren’t many survivors. No animals. No sun. And the snow falls gray. The happiest part of the book is when they find food and no one kills them. I had to put the book down several times because it was just so dark. The writing is exceptional. I am sure there is a lot more to this book then meets the eye. It would be a great book to discuss. The ending is a bit puzzling and I’m not quite sure I get the message. I’m going to keep the book as a reminder of what could happen in our future and how we should be very careful it doesn’t.
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JG (The Introverted Reader) I've been afraid to read any McCarthy because he seems so very, very dark. I know plenty of people love him though.

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