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The Road by Cormac McCarthy
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Jan 14, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: pulitzer, 2010, 4-point-5-stars
Read in January, 2010

This book is so bleak that it makes Yates's Revolutionary Road look like a cupcake on a rollercoaster ride (i.e., the very picture of glee). At many points while reading this book, I couldn't help but feel that it had to be the most depressing work of fiction I've ever read (also that I was in the middle of a masterpiece). The many references to the black ashes, the sunless sky, the dry corpses, etc. (rendered in McCarthy's stark but beautiful, if sometimes apostrophe-lacking, prose) weighed on me after a while. At the same time, the book contained hope (here I insert the cliche, where there's love, there's hope) as the boy and father (here I admit I couldn't help but imagine Viggo in this role, even though I haven't seen the movie) struggle to survive in a postapocalyptic America. I emerged from this book feeling like my heart had been dealt a blow. Now I feel like I need to read something happier...
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message 1: by Joe (new) - rated it 4 stars

Joe I was pretty sure I didn't want to see a movie based on this book... and I haven't yet.


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