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The Road (February 2010) > Finished? What did you think?

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Britta | 28 comments Mod
Has anyone finished The Road yet? What do you think?

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Vonney Young (ysgillen67) | 1 comments I read it for the Wonderland Book Club in Raleigh, and I remember thinking as I read, if I hear that word ash or gray one more time, I'm putting the book down. Then I attempted to place myself in the father's position, and I know I would have thought how lucky the dead were. However, knowing the love I have for my children, I would have persevered just as he did. I really appreciated the father's patience whenever the boy asked him questions again and again.
I love the way the author was able to characterize such deep love and devotion to one another against such a bleak background and an uncertain future.

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Terri (terrilovescrows) | 2 comments I didnt like it much. I thought his obsession was destoying them both. Instead of hope it seemed more like desperation. What a sad and horrible existence

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Britta | 28 comments Mod
really? I enjoyed The Road more than I have enjoyed books in a while. Then again, I'm a big fan of post-apocalypticals. I found the book to be raw and real. I wished they had gone into more about what "ended the world." I didn't like that we are left assuming that it was nuclear (well that's what I assumed at least).

How about the beginning? I liked how they openned with the earthquake rolling through the ground like that. Was I wrong to assume they were somewhere on the east coast? (maybe I assumed that because I live on the east coast) But then I got to thinking, we (eastcoasters) don't have many earthquake and the man acted like this happened all the time. food for thought.

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Christy | 1 comments I thought it was haunting and amazingly well written. I loved the dad and felt the devotion he had for his son and his determination to keep him safe in such an unsafe world.

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Natalie (neringros) Haunting. The book made me so extremely sad - to a point of depressed, but I think I actually liked it. It could definitely be shortened - a lot! Reading it, I kept thinking that it's written like a movie script - definitely too much water, repetition and some character descriptions are just screaming "movie character", no adaptation necessary.
Initially I disliked the writing style, but not being able to stop reading it, later decided it was written that raw way on purpose - to accentuate the desperation of the long endless road and give it a more apocalyptic feel.
Oh, and I did wonder later why I couldn't put it down - especially after the book ended the way it did. I guess it's the suspense...

ღ Carol jinx~☆~☔ʚϊɞ | 1 comments Britta wrote: "Has anyone finished The Road yet? What do you think?"

Britta wrote: "Has anyone finished The Road yet? What do you think?"

I was disturbed by the book and I couldn't put it down. I can't imagine anything worse than trying to survive and keep your child alive with such a bleak future. I believe I would try. It would be one of my worst nightmares.

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Terri (terrilovescrows) | 2 comments It was a very sad book and I never really felt any hope - even at the end

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Britta | 28 comments Mod
It's true but I commend the author for setting the tone of the novel and keeping it consistent. It's a totally hopeless environment when (if the situation was a reality) it would be such!

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