2.18.2009

The Road (by Cormac McCarthy)

So, for lack of new drawings to post, I thought I'd tell you about a book I just finished. "The Road", by Cormac McCarthy, is a great book. It chronicles the survival of a father and son (who are never actually named) as they follow a road south in pursuit of warmer weather. The world growing ever colder in the perpetual cloud-cover of an unsaid doomsday event, and they spend much of their story either trying to stay warm and fed. If not that, then they are simply trying to avoid the few other survivors-turned-cannibals and cutthroats.

The writing itself swings back and forth between sparse dialogue and poetic descriptions of the dismal aftermath of humanity. The story contains a wistful conversation between basic human survival and the struggle to maintain goodness in a world that seems to lack any such warmth.

It's amazing looking back at my own emotions while reading this book. I caught myself actually yearning for the inevitable death of the main characters- hoping to release them of their mortal hell. But the story insists on never giving up and serves the two obstacle upon obstacle to test their perseverance and all the while reminding us that food, water, and warmth are as much a neccissity as goodness and faith.

1 comments:

TGJR said...

Sounds like a good book, I'll have to pick it up soon because I've run out of non-food related reading.

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