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The Road

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Jarek CJ Valanti Amanda Eliot

on 17 January 2013

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The Road By: Cormac McCarthy CJ, Valnti, Jarek, Eliot "In "The Road" a boy and his father lurch across the cold, wretched, wet, corpse-strewn, ashen landscape of a post-apocalyptic world. The father’s loving efforts to shepherd his son are made that much more wrenching by the unavailability of food, shelter, and safety. The Road is not concerned with explaining what caused this cataclysm. It is more abstract than that." The critic Janet Maslin of the NY Times talks about the way McCarthy wrote this novel and explains some of the most profound moments in it. The reaction intended is to expect a bleak story with little signs of hope. Film Directed By: John Hillcoat
Written By: Joe Penhall
Starring: Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee A.O. Scott
At the Movies:
It hits a few tinny, sentimental notes. Still, I admire the craft and conviction of this film, and I was impressed enough by the look and the performances to recommend that you see it.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone:
In this haunting portrait of America as no country for old men or young, Hillcoat -- through the artistry of Mortensen and Smit-McPhee -- carries the fire of our shared humanity and lets it burn bright and true. Professional Reviews "The unsettled international atmosphere — terrorism, nuclear proliferation, religious tension, war — inevitably makes people reflect on what life would be like after a globe-shattering cataclysm. " While the book takes place after some unknown apocalypse, the focus is not on the apocalypse , but rather on dealing with it and living on afterward. Dierdre Donahue states that The Road is a good mix of hunger and fear with a bit of courage and hope. Cormac McCarthy Born July 20th 1933 in Providence, Rhode Island Cormac attended the University of Tennessee but never graduated. Later he became an American novelist and playwright. He has written ten novels, spanning the Southern Gothic, Western, and Post-apocalyptic genres. He won the Pulitzer Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction for The Road (2006) Link to interview Other Books Include:
- Blood Meridian
- All The Pretty Horses
- Suttree
- The Crossing
- Child Of God
- And more! Jarek:
The Road is what I will call a dull adventure. Although the premise and storyline is intriguing and adventurous, it falls short in the category of action. Of course, this downfall likely stems from the realism of the story. The lack of action becomes most apparent in conversation and the day-to-day activities as all conversation consists of "okay... okay... okay" and all they do is eat, sleep, walk, starve, repeat. Overall, I'll give the book 4 out of 5 stars because it is still a fantastic novel but the day-to-day descriptions become somewhat mundane at times. Group Review: One man and one boy must travel over a hundred miles on a desolate road to get to the coast; their last hope. One man and one boy must travel over a hundred miles on a desolate road to get to the coast; their last hope. One man and one boy must travel over a hundred miles on a desolate road to get to the coast; their last hope. CJ:
The Road had an interesting story line, however, I feel that it took to long to actually fulfill its possibilities. For example, the majority of the time they were just walking which made sense because they were on a journey, but the author failed to make these relaxed sections of the book interesting. This is proved in the conversations between the boy and the man consisted of "Are we going to be okay?" "Yes" "Okay" "Okay" which created a mundane feel to the book. On the other hand, when the suspense scenes came into to play the book became a fast, fun read. Overall I would recommend this book to other readers because the underlying message and thrilling parts of the book outweigh the negatives. Eliot:
The Road was over all a pretty decent book. It had a lot of parts that packed a lot of suspense which made it a fast read but only those specific parts. I didn't enjoy how slow the start of the book was which made it not so enjoyable to get into it at first, but once that slow start was past, the book became rather enjoyable. Another aspect of the book I didn't like was the dialogue between the father and the son. I feel that if a father and his son were living in a world where all they had left was each other, their dialogue would be more compassionate or caring in a sense, but the way the author wrote it it seemed very dull and lack luster which I don't think it would be like that. So overall, the action in suspense with the few flaws i think exist make my review of the book over all pretty good. Valanti:
I enjoyed this book because it was based on an apocalypse, but the story wasn’t just about that, it was how the characters endured it. The mood to the entire book is rather solemn and depressing and the two main characters don’t have names. I believe this is so for two reasons. First, they are the only two major characters in the book and most of the dialogue is between them. Second, in a world like that, names don’t really matter and people have lost their sense of worth. The Road can be repetitive at times since the whole story revolves around them walking south and searching for food, but the author successfully wrote a novel that was able to hook the reader and keep them captivated for the entire book.
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