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The Road by Cormac McCarthy
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Dec 21, 2010

bookshelves: read-2010, read-2012

It is unfair of me to give this book a four. It deserves a five. Why does it get a four? Because it is one of the most depressing novels of all time, for one, and because it doesn't have that verbal fire that drives other McCarthy novels. If anyone else had written it, I would give it a five. I'm fickle like that.

This is the story about the end of the world. We don't know how it ended, but it did, and ash falls from the sky almost constantly. The Man and The Boy, father and son, are following the road, trying to find a better life. Nothing grows and they live on what they can scrounge up, avoiding (and not) thieves and cannibals and worse. This is a story about what it means to be a person when the rules of society have melted and what it means to love. Not love in the romantic sense, but in the obligatory but touching father-son sense. It is a heartbreaking novel and one worth reading.

After you finish though, make sure there is someone around to give you a hug.

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