Saturday, February 7, 2009

Let's Book Club! The Road by Cormac McCarthy

I think this might be the fastest I've got through a book since I read High Fidelity in a day while I was in Thailand a couple years ago. What I meant to say was that I really liked it... although I've said that about every book I've read so far this year, so, take that as you will.

The book is this incredibly hypnotizing, plodding, story about a father and son - who remain nameless - and their attempt to survive in a post-apocalyptic, burnt to the ground, kind of world. The writing is short, simple, and very post-modern (very little punctuation: no quotation marks, no?few? apostrophes), but after I got over that and got into the story I was absolutely mesmerized.

Grade: A+
So, basically I've become the Rolling Stone of book "reviewers"...

Up next:
Outliers, unless someone has something else they want to loan me.

1 comment:

Hal Incandenza said...

Glad you got around to this one. Amazing book.

Serendipitously, the National Post just published an article that (wisely) goes after Oprah's Book Club for being terrible, but (totally inexplicably) uses The Road as the prime example. Article is here:

(Prepare to get very, very angry)