Just another town along the road

One of the things I got with my holiday gift cards is a copy of The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  I’m halfway through it, and it really is excellent — descriptions of horrifying events in beautiful, poetic language.  It reminds me of Deliverance by James Dickey in that respect.

I don’t know if I can or should finish this book.  I don’t know where the story is going, but it’s so bleak that I can’t imagine it will end well.  If the ending is only bleak I can handle that, but if it turns into a wallow in heart-wrenching despair, it’ll be a devastatingly effective wallow, and I really don’t need that right now.  I don’t need to have the author rip my guts out and leave them on the floor while he walks away.

Listen up, Pulitzer Prize committee: If this book pushes me over the edge, I’m coming after you.


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