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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Book Review – The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

Wow, talk about a depressing book, despite it’s award of a Pulitzer Prize in 2007. The story this book told absolutely sucked. Now a major motion picture which probably won’t be any better, this story revolved around a father and his son walking through a devastated America, living off of what they could find, walking to the coast where they expect to find a warmer climate and perhaps locate more decently behaving survivors than the brigands, cannibals and criminals they usually encounter.

Living no better than animals at times, until they find a Survival Cache of food and supplies at a farmhouse who residents had been killed.

We like to look at fictionalized Survival type stories because of the lessons learned from this “what if” scenario. Is this book serves a purpose it would be push people NOT to be the characters of this book, but to be better prepared much like the people who stocked the Survival Cache that these characters found.

Minimal thinking and preparation on the part of these two pathetic characters would have given them a much better chance, but then we guess there would no story.

We do recommend reading this book or watching the movie simply as a reminder of what NOT to do.

Publisher: Picador USA (May 2009); ISBN-10: 0330468464, ISBN-13: 978-0330468466