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The Road – Review

A man and his young son make the journey down a long and dangerous road in attempts of finding civilization after a major apocalyptic event that leaves the world ashen and unknown.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy is the first book read for my new book club, and I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. There were times when the scenes felt repetitive, but it was an incredibly fast read. Anyone familiar with McCarthy’s writing style is aware of his stance on grammar. The conversations weren’t too difficult to keep up with, although a few of them I did have to reread.

What I enjoyed most about the book was the relationship between the father and his son during the journey. I took the son to be the symbol of hope and optimism in this book. His innocence and genuine compassion for human life is the little bit of light in this otherwise dark world. The scenes are very desolate and as much as I wonder what caused the world to end up in such a way with cannibals roaming the streets, I like not knowing. This book is about the relationship between the father and the son and their self-discovery.

I would definitely recommend this book to guys. I think its one I can shove in a teen’s face at the library and say “read.” It makes you question your own instincts, how you view the world and how you view the people in your world.

The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
Knopf, 2006
ISBN 0307265439
256 pages

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Teaser Tuesday (6/9/09)

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:

Grab your current read.

Let the book fall open to a random page.

Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

Please avoid spoilers!

You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

This is from The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Its the very first book for my very first book club!

Shapes of dried blood in the stubble grass and gray coils of viscera where the slain had been field-dressed and hauled away. The wall beyond held a frieze of human heads, all faced alike, dried and caved with their taut grins and shrunken eyes.

Lit Flicks Challenge

As part of the Bookworms Carnival, Jessica at BlueStocking Society is hosting February’s theme of literature and film. To get the carnival up and running, she’s hosting a 6 month challenge from September 1, 2008 to February 28, 2009. Please make sure you check out her website for more details on the monthly prizes and activities.

RULES
1. Challenge runs from September 1, 2008 to February 28, 2009.
2. Read 5 books that have been made into movies.
3. Then watch at least 2 of the movie adaptations of the works you read.
4. Your list may change at any time and may include overlaps with other challenges.
5. Sign up after you’ve posted about this challenge using Mr. Linky here.
6. Check in around the first of each month to find activities and giveaways for participants.
7. Link to your reviews and posts using the second Mr. Linky here.

OFFICIAL CHALLENGE PAGE
Jessica has set up a challenge headquarters page. It includes all the official stuff: the button, the rules, links to lists of qualifying books, the sign-up Mr. Linky, and the review/post Mr. Linky. Head on over there and sign on up!

MY LIST
Here is my initial selection of books to read for this challenge:
1. Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh)
2. Shop Girl (Steve Martin)
3. Big Fish (Daniel Wallace)
4. Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger) – This gives a me a good reason to reread the books before going to see the movie.
5. My Antonia (Willa Cather)
6. All The Pretty Horses (Cormac McCarthy)

If you haven’t already, please check out my review and giveaway of a copy of Immortal to one lucky winner. Contest ends TODAY!