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The Road by Cormac McCarthy
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Feb 25, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: book-club-reads

Marva's pick. I hope I like it more than I expect to...hopefully the sunny skies of March will make it easier to take.

In the end, I did like it more than I expected, though I don't know if I can say I honestly read it. I read the first 100+ pages in one sitting, until they find the people in the cellar and then I decided life was too short and my ability to keep images out of my head too weak to continue reading.

Weeks later I decided to read the final ten pages to see if it ended with any hope (I would say it doesn't for the boy, but it does, only slightly, for us---if we can appreciate what we have and prevent such a world). Then I read 10 more, and pretty much read most of the book backwards.

I think I've discovered the only way in which I could watch a horror movie---if I watched it like Momento, backwards. Reading The Road this way allowed me to pay more attention to the language, the stripped bare prose and the Hemingway-like dialogue of the father & son.

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Deirdre Keating Never heard of Staggerford---is it similar to Mitford? Googling it, I learned it's from an English teacher's perspective, so I'm curious but can't take another saccharine trip.

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