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Anyone read "The Road"?

 
 
Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2010 01:13 pm
Good book.
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2010 01:27 pm
I read it in four twenty five rides on the subway. Two on Thursday. Two on a Friday.

Joe(I didn't sleep all weekend.)Nation
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2010 01:28 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
Nope. I recently made it through 800 pages of "The Swarm" - also a science
fiction plot - I need some good suspense now...
gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2010 01:32 pm
@Joe Nation,
And what did you think, Joe?
gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2010 01:34 pm
@CalamityJane,
If you are speaking of Michael Crichton's book, well, that was somewhat entertaining, but not one of his best.
dyslexia
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2010 01:34 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
no, I don't read.
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2010 01:36 pm
I will include some comic books in my next post, dys.
djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2010 01:44 pm
i listened to the audio book a couple of summers ago, i've got a little fire pit at the back of the property, build a fire and listen to the book

really enjoyed it, it made the 200 yard trip back to the house in the dark a little creepy some nights
gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2010 01:46 pm
One does enjoy the sun a bit more afterward
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2010 01:53 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
IMO, The Road sucked ass. Hard.

I've reviewed it elsewhere on this site....
gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2010 01:59 pm
Thanks, Drew. Give me your review sometime in more depth.
dyslexia
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2010 02:01 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
my favirite would be Nancy and Sluggo.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2010 02:01 pm
@DrewDad,
http://able2know.org/topic/128266-2#post-3543997

I've heard it described as:

"Are we there yet?"

"Are we there yet?"

"Are we there yet?"

"Shut up, or I'll turn this shopping cart around!"
DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2010 02:01 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
The best thing about the book is that it's short. The worst thing is that it's pedestrian. I will admit that McCarthy's use of language is excellent. Read it if you love words like "loess."

I would recommend this book to: people I don't like.
gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2010 02:38 pm
I liked it because the writing stayed close to that of Sidney Sheldon
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2010 02:38 pm
@DrewDad,
DrewDad wrote:
The worst thing is that it's pedestrian. I will admit that McCarthy's use of language is excellent.


It seems to me these two sentences are at odds.
DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2010 02:49 pm
@Gargamel,
Gargamel wrote:
DrewDad wrote:
The worst thing is that it's pedestrian. I will admit that McCarthy's use of language is excellent.
It seems to me these two sentences are at odds.

He knows his vocabulary, but that doesn't make a good story.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2010 03:12 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
listened to it on tape.
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2010 03:22 pm
@DrewDad,
DrewDad wrote:

http://able2know.org/topic/128266-2#post-3543997

I've heard it described as:

"Are we there yet?"

"Are we there yet?"

"Are we there yet?"

"Shut up, or I'll turn this shopping cart around!"


Its alleged lack of plot is its greatest achievement, I think. For a number of reasons. But primarily because anyone arguing that nothing happens in The Road should be expected to explain what should happen. What should they do, besides walk? If they sit still they die. Surviving, existing in McCarthy's post-apocalypse, means walking. So what else should they do? McCarthy is in essence prompting the you, the reader, to ask yourself what you would do if the world ended. And so when you wonder, "What is the point of this?" you are asking the novel's operative question. A heavy one at that. Why go on? What will we find at the ocean? It's a question we often ask ourselves now, pre-apocalypse.
DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2010 03:26 pm
@Gargamel,
All of which is destroyed in the end by deus ex machina when the child is rescued.

I get the metaphors. The cold is the lack of human warmth. The cannibalism is about modern society. What's the deus ex machina about then? "Let's give folks the happy ending; we'll make fun of the reader but clever readers will be in on the joke." I didn't like it in Pulp Fiction and I don't like it here.

Seriously, there are better disaster books, better father-son books, better survival books, and better cookbooks.
 

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