The Skunk and Tiger

"Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge."-Horace Mann

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Just Read: The Road.

A dark journey into human desperation in a familiar post apocalyptic landscape. McCarthy's pace makes it difficult to put down while at the same provokes dread with the possible ending that awaits. The father/son-God/man symbolism is subtle. Social commentary or any prophetic preaching is absent and unnecessary. A...ny parent will find this story haunting and easily place themselves in the place of the protagonist. The two characters are just shadows much like the world they inhabit. With one terrible event after another you would not expect the ending to make the book as a whole beautiful and uplifting, but that is exactly what happens. A much more solid ending than 'No Country for Old Men' that lives you without any questions but plenty to think about. Those that are not familiar with McCarthy's style may find his refusal to use quotation marks jarring, but it does not take long to get used too, and it matches his pillaged and barren environment. It will be interesting to see if the film version has the same success.


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