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sjg07
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Registered: ‎01-28-2007
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Cormac Mccarthy?

I read "The Road" a couple weeks ago, and still think about the characters and the story. It's one of those that will stay with me, kind of haunting. The visuals were amazing and the feelings between the man and boy so strong. Has anyone read it or anything else he wrote?
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cathepa
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Registered: ‎01-30-2007
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Re: Cormac Mccarthy?

I listened to "The Road" on cd two weeks ago and agree it was haunting. To quote my librarian, "it was grim". I had some flashbacks to "on the beach" by nevil shute while listening. Given the choice, I wouldn't listen to it again even though cormac mccarthy is in my top ten list of authors. "all the pretty horses" and "cities of the plains" are my two favorites of his and I reread them or listen to them on tape at least once a year. The only other book I'm that faithful to is "the stand" by stephen king. I give "the road" two stars for creative topic and dialogue, but I need at least a thimbleful of hope.
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bemusedbard
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Re: Cormac Mccarthy?

I have read 3 of McCarthy's novels, including The Road. I read All the Pretty Horses and enjoyed it quite a bit, but I think Blood Meridian is his best work. It's a very bleak, gritty piece of fiction, and The Judge, one of the main characters, is certainly one of the most intriguing characters I have ever laid eyes on in written form. I recently viewed a movie called The Proposition, and it reminded me quite a bit of Blood Meridian, wouldn't be surprised if the screenwriter had read Meridian before he penned the screenplay. I have to warn you, it's quite a brutal piece of fiction, but wonderfully done.

If you end up reading it and enjoying yourself, albeit in a slightly dark way, I'd also recommend The March by E.L. Doctorow. It's a civil war piece about Sherman's march through Atlanta and up the Eastern seaboard, and while also very gritty it's up there with some of the best fiction I've read of late.

Enjoy!