Cormac McCarthy · OverDrive (Rakuten OverDrive): eBooks, audiobooks and videos for librariesHe shows us "the long concrete sweep of interstate exchanges like the ruins of a vast funhouse against the distant murk" and later "the melted window glass" that hangs down the outside of buildings "like icing on a cake. The search for food is all-consuming, and there is little to be found. The cities are "looted, ransacked, ravaged. Rifled of every crumb. McCarthy shows the man siphoning gas from abandoned pumps, stripping hay bales for a few scant seeds, panning water from a cistern. One of the great pleasures of the novel is in witnessing the man's physical ingenuity and his devotion to the boy; one of its horrors is that these make so little difference.
Cormac McCarthy - The Road
Having been embraced across the cultural spectrum from Hollywood to Harold Bloom, his status as one of the most significant contemporary voices in American fiction is uncontested. But if there is an across-the-board cultural agreement that McCarthy is one of our great writers, the same cannot be said of the growing scholarly industry bent on understanding his work. Is he a modernist or a late modernist writer, a postmodern or a post-postmodern one? Is his work political or apolitical, revisionist or traditionalist? Is it scientific or philosophical, theological or materialist, humanist or anti-humanist, pastoral, counterpastoral, or eco-pastoral? As is the case with most writers now considered seminal contributors to American literary history, his work seems to have the rare ability to remain interesting and enigmatic no matter how much we critically dissect it—indeed, so fruitful and generative as to accommodate ever new and diversified critical approaches. His work draws on scientific discourse yet resists positivism with every parable or outlandish simile.
It is a post-apocalyptic novel detailing the journey of a father and his young son over a period of several months, across a landscape blasted by an unspecified cataclysm that has destroyed most of civilization and, in the intervening years, almost all life on Earth. The book was adapted to a film of the same name in , directed by John Hillcoat. A father and his young son journey across post-apocalyptic America some years after an extinction event. The boy's mother, pregnant with him at the time of the disaster, is revealed to have committed suicide at some point before the story begins. Realizing they cannot survive the winter, the man takes the boy south along empty roads towards the sea, carrying their meager possessions in their knapsacks and a supermarket cart. The man is suffering from a serious cough and knows he is dying.
Look Inside Reading Guide. Reading Guide. Mar 28, ISBN Sep 26, ISBN Mar 20, ISBN A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind.