Just finished reading 'the road'…
The ending in the film holds a lot less uncertainty……
A bit like in ‘No country……’, where HE wipes blood from his boot after visiting the wife – reading it I believed he couldn’t kill her, as she wouldn’t call the coin.
Have you read Suttree o Blood Meridian?
Among the best living authors without any doubt.Posted 4 years ago
From what I remember, the ending to the novel is fairly certain, but I may be mistaken. Blood Meridian is, IMO, one of the greatest novels ever.
I have never read Suttree though. Hmmmmm, what have I read by him:
No Country for Old Men
Child of God
The Outer Darkness
I started the Border Trilogy but didn’t really get that far to be honest.Posted 4 years agobrakesMember
my favourite book. thankfully I read it before I became a father – I think I’d still be blubbing now if I had read it later.
a story of hope where there is no hope.
film is great too and does well to portray the pace and mood of the book, but it can’t match the way the book leaves you emotionally wrecked and makes you question the futility of your own existence, but somehow in a good way…Posted 4 years ago
It helps that Viggo Mortensen is dreamy.MrGreedySubscriber
Very similar experience here – finished it at 3am, exhausted and blubbing. Have got a copy of the film in the house but have put off watching it for exactly the same reason. I don’t think any other piece of art has affected me that deeply, so it would be a big ask for the film to come up to that level too. I might have to re-read the book before crossing that rubicon.Posted 4 years ago
I am not eloquent enough to express my feelings about, The Road. For me it was a physical as well as just a reading experience. I was with them, fighting for them all the way through the book ( I am a Father to a boy the same age at the time of reading).
Of course I recommended it to friends, the men who read it all thought the same as me, however the women who read it did not have the same feeling for it at all.
The Film was a great representation of the book and a great film, however nowhere near the experience of reading the book.Posted 4 years agolordmerchantMember
LOVE the apocalyptic genre…books, movies, games you name it.Posted 4 years ago
Just could not get away with the prose in the road, keep meaning to go back and try it but never get around. If you want a truly awesome apocalyptic book checj out the stand by Stephen King or Swan song by Robert R. McCammon.grievoustimMember
I think there is much hope in McCarthy
The worlds he’s writing about, whether its the old west, present day, or apocalyptic near future is always populated with terrifying brutality and evil. But the good always survives too.
The film of the road is good – just don’t watch the film of “All the pretty horses”Posted 4 years agoscaredypantsSubscriber
I’ve only read the road and blood meridian (both after recommendations on here quite a while ago)
in order of reading:
IMO The Road was fantastic – bleakly, unremittingly grim and a hard but great one-shot read (my kids were about the “right” age at the time, too)
By contrast, I thought Blood Meridian was a big letdown – same rich language but something wasn’t right; felt ostentatious or somethingPosted 4 years ago
(I’m reluctant to read any more in case they are too, so I’m giving it a few years off)
What a book.
It was as grim as a grim thing ,with extra bleak.
Glad that I read it in the Summer months
Very true, stood outside afterwards last night and everything just felt that little bit colder..makes me think twice about winter bike packing. Or maybe I should in preparationPosted 4 years agopedropeteSubscriber
For me Cormack McCarthy’s writing is utterly compelling. At first very hard to get into with unusual dialogue, but once you catch the rhythm his work is totally absorbing & I’ve never been so moved by any other author. You usually need to read something light after, though…Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I thought it was awful tbh. Some good points- I love the sheer bleakness of it and the fact that he didn’t feel like he had to explain it all, too many post-apocalyptic stories are obsessed with the pre-… but once you realise that they’re basically in a tunnel shooter it gets dull. They’re starving but every time they run out of food they find some, every time the plot requires a crisis it immediately happens, and there are actual end of level bosses. Oh and then it just stops.Posted 4 years ago
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