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L. G. (L)
Subject: The Road by Cormac McCarthy (no spoilers, please!)
Date Posted: 9/22/2007 5:57 AM ET
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If you have read this, what are your thoughts?  I am considering putting it on my WL and I wonder if it's worth one of my now-precious credits...

Date Posted: 9/22/2007 9:44 AM ET
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I just finished it.  It was very  tense, sweet,  and harrowing.  I was late to work one morning because I didn't want to put that book down.  It sticks in my mind and I catch myself  thinking about it.  I told my husband he had to read it!



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Date Posted: 9/22/2007 9:47 AM ET
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Can't help you with that title, but I will tell you that I could not get through his "All The Pretty Horses". While he is technically a good writer, his "voice" and narrative did not match the subject matter. Far too intellectual or arty for the story. I don't know how else to describe it. It was irritating enough that I couldn't force myself to finish it. However, there are those who thought it was a masterpiece.

Date Posted: 9/22/2007 10:28 PM ET
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It is worth a read. Very thought provoking. Makes you think, really think. Read it months ago, and still remember it when certain things occur. have put it on my list of top 10 reads for 2007
L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 9/23/2007 1:49 AM ET
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Well, considering there are 387 wishers, I might have to go buy it, LOL!!!!!  I put it on my list anyway - never hurts!

Thanks for the input!

 



Last Edited on: 9/23/07 1:50 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/24/2007 11:14 PM ET
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Well, I read it and thought it left a lot to be desired.  It was a fast reading book but left you with more questions than answers.  The book is a good book for a book club because there would certainly be a lot to discuss afterward.  Did I like it?  So-so.  I wouldn't waste a credit on it if you are low on credits.  There are many more books out there that are much more deserving of your "credit".



Last Edited on: 9/24/07 11:15 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/25/2007 12:36 AM ET
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I was deeply affected by The Road. I honestly don't think I will ever forget it and i have been reading all my life. It's worth more than one credit! I hope you do love it as it seems most people have strong opinions either way. I'm all for it.  My whole perspective on life shifted after this book. 

 jody 

Date Posted: 10/29/2007 3:14 AM ET
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I had this on my wish list and wanted it so badly that I went out and bought it. Wish I would have waited now, I just couldn't get into his style of writing, I found it very irritating. I think I only made it to page 50 or so.

 

Melissa

Date Posted: 10/29/2007 8:07 PM ET
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Yes, I might go to a book store to get a peek at his writing style.  I find it beautiful.  I read the book out loud to myself, because I loved it so much.  Story was very harrowing, I read it in one day.  I think the lack of details in time and characterizations makes it much better, but some might find it hard to relate to characters called "the man" and "the boy".  I found the description of their relationship as laid out by the plot to be much better vague than when lesser authors give too many bibographical details to the characters.

Date Posted: 10/29/2007 9:29 PM ET
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I bought it this weekend at a used bookstore.  I read in my book club last year, "No Country for Old Men" by him.  It was okay.  I wasn't too thrilled by his writing style but I'm willing to give this book a shot.

Date Posted: 10/30/2007 7:58 AM ET
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I've loved most of his books. He has a very sparse, spare writing style and as you can see, not everyone loves it. You won't find any flowery adjectives or purplish prose in a McCarthy book. You also won't find any quotation marks and that drives some people nuts! That being said; I loved The Road! His book, No Country for Old Men, has been my least favorite so far.

Date Posted: 10/30/2007 12:34 PM ET
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The curiosity got the better of me and I had a 30% off coupon from Borders, so I bought the Road.  WIll let you know what I think when finished.

Date Posted: 11/6/2007 12:11 PM ET
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So far 100 pages in.  The writing style is different, but I was able ti adapt.  The only problem is I still don't know completely what's going on although I figured I should know more than I know, this much in thto the book. 

Date Posted: 11/7/2007 2:12 AM ET
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Totally changed by reading "The Road"...harrowing is the right adjective & I was most moved by the subtle insights into the relationshop between the man & the boy. McCarthy is very difficult to read; lots of layers of imagery & meaning going on there. I'm an English major so he is right up my alley...tons of stuff to analyze back to front. I want to reread this but it was so harrowing I'll have to wait a while to revisit. This was an amazing literary experience;on a level with "War &Peace" for me. I was unable to put this down once I began reading and yet it was so amazingly painful it was hard to continue.

I must say this is so well written & surely one if not the best of his works. He is complex and difficult but well worth the time & effort; definately in an elite league. Do not expect the usual T.V. type reading of the typical weekly top ten fiction; this writer is in another catagory entirely.

Patricia S.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 11/8/2007 1:11 AM ET
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Thanks, guys, for the input. :)

Date Posted: 11/8/2007 2:52 PM ET
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I really enjoyed this book; I could barely put it down.

Karen J. you will not find out anything more than you already know/have read. I had a bit of a hard time with this, having so many unanswered questions but by the end I understood it is not about details or how’s or whys, it just is what it is.

It is a great read, and I still think about certain points in this book and I read it months ago.