Julius_Orange wrote:I was finishing up The Road by Cormac McCarthy while on my lunch break (at a bookstore) and had to sit in the back of receiving behind a pallet because I couldn't help but shed tears over the last 15 pages. First time a book has made me shed tears.
I watched the movie online when I got home and got choked up at the beginning (another first) and the end. I'm a single father, so I guess that would explain it, but wow what an incredible book!
I've heard alot about this book recently, and people either love it or hate it. I'm trying to decide if I want to read it. Would you recommend I watch the movie first?
I read the book first and I would highly recommend you doing the same. I read the book in 2 sittings and I'm neither a slow nor fast reader. It made the movie better IMO.
The problem some people are having with it are:
- The writing style is quite different from the norm. McCarthy has said in one of his only interviews that he feels filling up a page with unnecessary marks is not important to the story. So there's very little punctuation, really only periods. No chapters, just breaks in the line to signify a new scene. It was difficult getting used to in the very beginning but he's consistent in how he transitions into thoughts and dialogue that you begin to pick up on it and it flows lyrically from there. He said he tries to write the way in which people tell a story, which after reading it to my son for an hour I completely understand now.
- Some critics have said the father isn't one of the "good guys", but it seems their view is even more bleak than the books and rather unrealistic to the situation.
- There are several themes and metaphors used throughout that not everybody is picking up on the first time they read it. Hopefully you see what I mean after you read it and read the discussions on these debated topics (example, the bunker and the ending).
- The book can be one hell of a downer.
Anyway, enough blabbing. Enjoy!