Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Road

I read The Road in about two days. Okay, that's not necessarily surprising. But nonetheless, the book was gripping. It's one of those books where you drop into the characters' lives, then fall back out again. You don't really know what happened before or what will happen after, but you are a part of the right now.

The story is about a nameless man and his young son on a journey to reach the coast, trying to survive after an apocalypse. The world is dying, and so are they. All they have managed to scavange, they take with them in a shopping cart or in their backpacks. The other is all each has.

The writing was sparce, and the type large and set with wide line spacing, adding to the sense of flow and scarcity. It was disturbing but engaging read. Not to mention last year's Pulitzer Prize winner.

The Road will also have a movie version, coming out this November. (Cormac McCarthy also wrote No Country for Old Men.) The movies are never as good as the books, but I'm still looking forward to seeing it!

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