05-06-2007, 11:28 AM
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Join Date: May 2006
Location: twinkle town
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
A post-apocalyptic novel set in a burned, desolated America where humans are against humans, each struggling to survive. A boy and his father, "each the other world's entire", journey to the coast, although they don't know what to expect there. There are no rules, and morality is nonexistent as the last of the survivors are forced to murder just to find something to eat; cannibalism is implied. The boy and his father's wills to survive is bonded by love and hope.
Do not read if you are tired or sleepy. Because basically everyone in the book is dead, there is little conversation, and when there is, it's between the boy and his father and they talk about the same things over and over (or it seems like). And the majority of the book is description, and although McCarthy can write very, very well, it's very, very boring some parts.
There are some disturbing parts (Spoiler for the curious: A pregnant woman births her baby and then attempts to "cook" it until the body is all black and nasty). But it shows how desperate some people are "in times like these."