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The Road book cover

Cormac McCarthy is perhaps on most American’s minds through the movie-adaptation of “No Country for Old Men” and its Oscar award performance by Javier Barden. McCarthy has written modern tales of the American West that focus on, or include, those same events transpiring in cities across the nation. Namely: violence in the hearts of men and women.

“The Road” is a 2006 post-apocolyptic novel of survival, redemption, and hope. Violence is mostly implied; little is shown. The book is the most depressing novel I’ve ever read. Depressing because the apocolyps is not stated, and therefore tangible; depressing because McCarthy’s invented hell-world is so like the one we live in, minus our food cornucopia and shopping malls.

The film adaptation sticks close to the book, and in two hours exemplifies both man/woman at their worst, and at their best. And while the movie does not fall into Hollywood flash (the ruin of most films), the flickering image is nothing compared to the nightmarish world McCarthy creates for us on the page.

Read the book, then see the movie.

the Road movie image


  andy wrote @ May 18th, 2010 at 11:32 am

Funny. I was watching this with the mrs, she made me switch it off when the father and son got to the house where the people eating each other lived. Looked like it was going to be quite a film. She was heavily pregnant at the time..

  andy wrote @ June 2nd, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I have now seen the whole film. Not that impressed to be honest. Oh well.

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