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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Friday, April 27, 2007

The Road

Book #16 on my reading list this year was Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer award winning, Oprah Book of the Month Clubbing, post-apocalyptic novel The Road.

I'm probably losing all credibility here given that everyone (critics and Win Butler included) apparently loves this novel, but it just didn't do it for me. Although McCarthy's prose is eloquent (but dammit man use some apostrophes), the plot doesn't provide any surprises you couldn't find in the plethora of other post-apocalyptic novels/movies. The father and son duo the story centers around are likeable enough, but it's clear from early on that the father is [spoiler alert]dying [/spoiler alert] so it's difficult to become too attached to him or to care all that much when he finally kicks the can. Ah well, perhaps my expectations were just too high.

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