Sunday, July 19, 2009

Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Cormac McCarthy, The Road. The apocalyptic waste land crossed by vaguely doomed and asymmetrically flawed travelers is Cormac McCarthy's logical end point. The Road is minutely engrossing (like most stories of scavenging survival), and the parent-child emotion pulls more blatantly even than usual. I always love all McCarthy's characters, despite the inevitable, and against my will. I think that's his point though - people love every damn thing and it can't be helped.


Booger Patrol said...

I was really surprised by how the ending didn't follow through on the inevitable fate that seemed to be looming for the whole book. I've had huge arguments about that ending and I still don't know what my opinion on it is.

gwen said...

I agree - actually felt a little ripped off or caught up short anyway by the end. I was tightening myself up the whole time and then nothing, really. But I've always thought McCarthy is covertly extremly sentimental (like Hemingway). It's also I think on purpose - the dad couldn't do it at the end, because neither could the author.

gwen said...

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