Writers: Cormac McCarthy

  • Anna Lewis

    Hopeful or hopeless?

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    I was absolutely compelled by this book. It follows the journey of a man and his son through a post-apocalyptic world where there are very few survivors. I would like to say that I enjoyed it...but I don't think that's quite the right word. In fact, I was almost relieved to get to the end not because it is a bad book, but because it is so bleak. Don't let that put you off though...it is definitely worth reading for the beautiful descriptions and impressive, concise style. It is debatable whether McCarthy intends to introduce an element of hope to the story, or whether it can be interpretted as a story of absolute hopelessness. I would argue that the only thing that we can take comfort from in this book is the strength of the human spirit to protect the people we love, even in the most extremely adverse circumstances. But maybe I am just a pessimist!

  • Will Roszczyk

    Death and desolation

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    Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" both disturbs and enthrals throughout its duration, and is an incredibly visualised book to read. The Man and his child (unnamed from the beginning) are trekking across post-apocalyptic North America, and the reader follows them as they encounter all manner of distractions and threats along the way. I found the book's strange use of form and structure (no punctuation) pretty disarming to read, but I guess that's the point, as it's an uncompromising and uncomfortable narrative to read through! What sets this book apart for me is the descriptive language McCarthy employs - every vista is so detailed in its description that the forthcoming film adaptation will have no shortage of inspiration to delve from! It's not hopeful, or optimistic, even at the conclusion, and reminded me, as it may remind you, that life isn't fair, especially post-apocalyptic life as imagined here. All in all, "The Road" is a fantastically-enthralling read, but the form ma...Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" both disturbs and enthrals throughout its duration, and is an incredibly visualised book to read. The Man and his child (unnamed from the beginning) are trekking across post-apocalyptic North America, and the reader follows them as they encounter all manner of distractions and threats along the way. I found the book's strange use of form and structure (no punctuation) pretty disarming to read, but I guess that's the point, as it's an uncompromising and uncomfortable narrative to read through! What sets this book apart for me is the descriptive language McCarthy employs - every vista is so detailed in its description that the forthcoming film adaptation will have no shortage of inspiration to delve from! It's not hopeful, or optimistic, even at the conclusion, and reminded me, as it may remind you, that life isn't fair, especially post-apocalyptic life as imagined here. All in all, "The Road" is a fantastically-enthralling read, but the form may distract from the experience. And don't expect to come out the other side with a smile on your face either! (more)

  • Visitor

    The Road

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    This book is one of my all time favorites. The fact that it's going to be adapted into a movie absolutely thrills me. McCarthy's style of writing is very interesting and it enhances the desperation of the father and son's situation.

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