The Road - McCarthy

I think this by Cormic McCarthy, i sent it out already so I dont remember.

Anyone read this?

Lets see, I had nightmares a few nights in a row, and I was terribly depressed and desolate feeling during/after reading this book. Im super emotional though, I cry at commercials. (Thanks so much Sarah McLachlan, as if I didn't want to save every pet already)

BUT

it's a real page turner and you hope and hope so bad that the end something great happens even though in your deepest of deeps you know there is no fn way that could possibly be. So you keep reading and turning each page with a spark of hope that this is it, on this page is salvation. That's when I realized it was a really good book. Not many books can make me feel like the characters feel. I guess it won a pulitzer prize for some reason right?

Near the end i simply couldn't take it anymore and skipped to the last few pages of the book to see how it ends. As good as the book is I'm completely horrified by it and couldn't get the damn thing out of my house fast enough. I heard theres a movie too and the curious sick sid of me wants to watch it, while the rest of me wants to burn it alive.

sidebar, I was totally excited to watch The Colony on the discovery channel until I read this book. Fuck that, I've never been so thankful for everything in my entire life.

So, all in all: Good book, just keep the suicide hotline number close by

Verileah 13 years ago
I've had this in my queue for a while but it keeps getting bumped down in favor of semi-required reading. Also I have to be in a certain mood to want to read that sort of book :\. I heard the writing is like poetry though, supposed to be an amazing book. I'd be curious to know which camp you fall in as far as the 'speculative fiction vs. literature' debate, but can't offer my own opinion until I've read the book myself :X.
Dia 13 years ago
Originally I had gotten the book because I needed it for my fiction class, which in turn I ended up having to drop. So I figured what the hey lets read it anyways. I didnt think I would like it because of the style of writting being so differen't than I've ever read but it grabbed me.

I think I would be on the literature side of the fence =D

So i just tortured myself by going to the movies website and watching trailers. /rollseyes All the nice vivid images of a headless newborn on stick cooking over a fire just came back YAY
Eve 13 years ago
If that's the movie that Viggo was in, traveling with his son *shiver* Good story I suppose, but dammit I'm like you Dia and I was an emotional wreck thru the entire movie just because of how vivid everything was and how real it would seem. There's no way I could read the book if it's even worse.
Dia 13 years ago
that's the one Eve!
Eve 13 years ago
Yeah I can tell you now, watching it, you'll be in tears thru most of the movie. The rest of the time I was bitching at them to NO DON"T GO IN THERE! I kinda felt like it was a horror movie trying to be a drama, or a drama trying to be a horror movie. I'd have liked it much better without the cannibalism aspect, tho I can understand that's a highly likely result of the events that had occurred. I like watching movies for entertainment, and to me this didn't entertain me, but rather depressed the hell outta me.
ROzbeans 13 years ago
One of the best parts in Book of Eli was when they came across the cannibals.

"We need to leave."
"They killed all these people."
"They ate all these people. Let's go... Now."

Cannibalism seems to be the only way for survival which means I wouldn't make it either.
pharren 13 years ago
If it was a matter of saving one of your kids instead of just saving yourself, you might change your mind.
Eve 13 years ago
Well considering the way the mother in this movie dealt with it all... that was one of the worse parts of the movie to me, because I just don't think I could do what she did. Don't wanna give it away in case someone still wants to watch it LoL