Wednesday, March 28, 2007

So much for Oprah's Book Pick

She picked "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. Here's the first line or two from the review on Amazon for this critically acclaimed book.

"Cormac McCarthy sets his new novel, The Road, in a post-apocalyptic blight of gray skies that drizzle ash, a world in which all matter of wildlife is extinct, starvation is not only prevalent but nearly all-encompassing, and marauding bands of cannibals roam the environment with pieces of human flesh stuck between their teeth. If this sounds oppressive and dispiriting, it is."

Now doesn't that sound like a fun book club read???

"Myrtle, will you re-read the passage about how the little girl got her flesh ripped off her body by her step-dad's teeth while I re-heat the Velveeta nacho cheese dip? Thanks, hon."



mcewen said...

Oh dear! Well, perhaps it will be next month. Probably just some scheduling clash - I hope.

Erin said...

The cannibalism is implied, mostly. It is a really wonderful book.

nopinkcoverhere said...

Set in the smoking ashes of a post-apocalyptic America, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road tells the story of a father-son journey toward the sea and an uncertain salvation. The world they pass through is a ghastly vision of scorched countryside and blasted cities “held by cores of blackened looters who tunneled among the ruins and crawled from the rubble white of tooth and eye carrying charred and anonymous tins of food in nylon nets like shoppers in the commissaries of hell” [p. 181]. It is a starved world, all plant and animal life dead or dying, some of the few human survivors even eating each other alive.

The father and son move through the ruins searching for food and shelter, trying to keep safe from murderous, roving bands. They have only a pistol to defend themselves, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

Awesome in the totality of its vision, The Road is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.

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