Posts Tagged ‘apocalypse literature’

I read all of Cormac McCarthy’s book The Road in one sitting.  Granted it was a long sitting.  I read it during a return flight to Phoenix after visiting family in New York City.  Man, that is one depressing book.  When I got home that night I felt sad.  One the stark black cover the “Oprah’s book club” stands out.  I thought she only added uplifting books to her list.  I get the impression after only seeing a couple of her shows that she is an upbeat sort of person.  This book is not upbeat.  I suppose he calls it the road because it is about hours and hours wandering on the road.  The cover is stark, the story blunt, the sentences bare.  The man out-Hemingways Hemingway.   There are few, if any, lessons in the book, and maybe the lack of one is it’s lesson.  Life at its most basic level doesn’t need to have meaning.   Like I said, it is one depressing book.

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