View Full Version : "The Road"- Cormac McCarthy

Lazarus and the Gimp
24-08-2007, 14:39:19
I've sort of instigated a scale of bleakness in the arts, similar to what the Richter Scale does for earthquakes, or the Beaufort Scale for wind.

The bleakness scale goes up to a 10, defined by the BBC TV movie "Threads" (which isn't so much art as masochism). "The Road" gets a 9.8 on this scale. If it weren't for the presence of the faintest glimmer of hope in the last couple of pages, it would be an easy 10.

It's a good book, although the dialogue is terse to the point of unintentional comedy. It's punishing stuff, though.

Brief summary- it's set some years after some appalling disaster that appears to have left the world in ashes and utterly destroyed civilisation. A man and his young son struggle along a road trying to survive starvation and assaults from desperate cannibals.