08-11-2007 03:44 PM
11-20-2007 11:08 PM
Now I have a question for any people who want to reply to this: We are given many indications of the existance of evil in out world. considering this novel, determine what Cormac McCarthy is suggesting about the forces of good and evil.
11-30-2007 07:35 AM
Just for the intro, I am 39 and work as an environmental scientist in Ireland, having being an army officer in a previous life. I would like to say I think I have an above average grasp on any military or environmental issues raised by The Road, but as for religious input, I am the last person to ask!
11-30-2007 01:18 PM - edited 11-30-2007 01:21 PM
I have been a fan of McCarthy's writing and in all honesty I have enjoyed the terser writing style of his last two works. However, as I thought about what to say for an introduction I realized this may not have been the best book for me to start with after all. I first read this book in a day about 9 months ago and have reread it once and continued to reflect on it. As a new father (my son is almost 3) it just bowled me over emotionally so that's why I say it may not be the best book for me to have chosen to start with. I probably will lack some necessary objectivity.
It is the most devastating and beautiful love story between a father and his son that I have ever read. A poem that comes close to evoking what this book does is a spare and laser perceptive one by Sherman Alexie.
When I Was My Father I Sang Love Songs to My Son
Drunk like that, I
imagined myself as
you, drunk like that
and carried the same
small ambition: I
only wanted to live
one day longer than you.
I have begun preparing a box of letters, CDs and books for my own son. I certainly hope and plan to live a long, long time but reality may be different than what I wish. This book is a part of that box for him should something happen to me. I can think of no works of art that I have ever read or seen that have evoked so powerfully what it feels to be a father and what we as father's receive in return for those feelings (The mother gets some startling short shrift treatment in the book that still puzzles me.)
Since a few folks are still following this forum, I'll try to find something constructive or worthwhile to share in the several very good threads about the book already started. By way of a nuts and bolts introduction: I am 39, live in Colorado and work as a psychotherapist.
Message Edited by Kades_Dad on 11-30-2007 01:21 PM