Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy's The Road is a grim, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son hazarding across the bleak, demolished ruins of the southwest in hopes of reaching the ocean.

The novel is definitely effective and worth reading, but I wondered a bit at the hype and what distinguished the text from other recent books with similar themes. Was it just (as Ursula Le Guin has implied) that some critics honestly believe that The Road is not SF and therefore deserves additional praise?

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