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The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Road

TNutZz, May 30, 2007

In response to a recent reviewer below who questioned the credibility of the story due to the lack of animals; there was actually a moment in the story where the boy and the man heard a dog barking...and another stanza of very eloquent McCarthyesque prose that discusses the possibility of life remaining deep within the ash-covered ocean.

Also, its important to keep in mind that this story is of the last few weeks of the boy and mans time together. The devestation of the war would have been roughly ten years earlier. As you should recall, the wife/mother was pregnant when they saw the bomb blasts.

After ten years of nuclear winter; barren irradiated ground, and dwindling supplies, it would be certain that there would be almost no mammals and few humans. The surviving people would eat the animals before eating eachother; and the roving bands of cannibals were seen in the book.

I for one, found the book to be a phenominal juxtaposition between utter devestation and the transcendent beauty of innocence and hope. Like the man knew, the boy was his life, his heart, his soul and symbolic of the hope for the survival of mankind.
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