Monday, June 11, 2007

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

A bleak novel about life several years after a nuclear holocaust, The Road is highlighted by moments of grace. The reader follows the path of a father and son as they, I believe, travel to the Atlantic coast and then head south in an attempt to get to warmer weather before winter hits. Of course, in a land of nuclear winter, this is no panacea. Along the way, they must struggle to survive in a dead world, while avoiding murderous bands and slave traders, battling the elements, and trying to retain their humanity. The writing is as stark as the land but lovely at the same time. -Inanna

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