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The Road by Cormac McCarthy
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Jan 23, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: classics, sf, top20
Read in September, 2008 — I own a copy

One thing that's interesting about good writing is that it often feels so obvious. That's the case here. It's a familiar story, the world turned upside down, lonely survivors, a trek cross-country. But whereas others fill such a world with over-the-top caricatures and plot devices, Mr. McCarthy barely populates his with just a pathetic few real humans hanging on to life. It's not a happy story and the author doesn't pull any punches, but he doesn't revel in the gore and depravity. The story just moves relentlessly on and we the reader keep relentlessly following, observing the man and the boy survive from day to day, wondering when and how they will find rescue. And awestruck at the author's sparse and effective prose. But perhaps there won't be a happy ending. How could there be? The earth has been razed and the only living things are a few humans that keep preying on each other.
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