The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The desolate landscape that Father and Son endure on their long, hard journey down “The Road”.

Oprah Interview with Cormac McCarthy on “The Road”.

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Although never stated in text, the love between the father and son was unbreakable. Through this powerful theme throughout the story, the boy is able to go on to live a better life.

Although never stated in text, the love between the father and son was unbreakable. Through this powerful theme throughout the story, the boy is able to go on to live a better life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj3tYO9co44    

About the Author

Cormac McCarthy has created a work of art that has been deemed by some to be the next American Classic novel. For more information about the author visit his page or connect with him on twitter and facebook. There is also a Pinterest page dedicated to his book, The Road!!!!

“The Road” Trailer  

Willie Nelson’s On the Road Again reminds me of this novel because the man and the boy let their journey of getting south run their lives.

If you did’t get the gist from the trailer, take “her” word for it. This book is so awesome that even Oprah (yes, THE Oprah) had to interview Cormac McCarthy about it AND she put it on the book list in her book club!! Here’s the interview! Enjoy!

The Road shows examples of many literary darwinism themes including: adaption, parental investment, and survival of the fittest.  A father and son go on our a journey of survival and have to decipher the good between evil. Throughout the book the father tries protecting the son from the evil of the world acting much like any father; however, toward the end of the book, the roles are switched and the boy then becomes more as a father figure.

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The bond between the father and son is so strong. The boy does not have a mother in his life, other than when he dreams of her, so the son looks up to his father. The son sees more good in people than the father does and tries to spread his good throughout others. The father all along wonders if he will ever be able to put a bullet to his son’s head if the world turns all evil.

YouTube. The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Online Video Clip. YouTube, 5 December 2008. Web. 21 July 2014

So you don’t walk away more depressed from this gut wrenching novel… here’s a spoof trailer of “The Road” to slightly uplift your spirits coming away from this blog.

An article about author Benjamin Perry Speaking on The Road and the Horror aspect it brings.

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/05/cormac-mccarthys-i-the-road-i-may-have-the-scariest-passage-in-all-of-literature/275834/
Source: Fassler, Joe. “Cormac McCarthy’s The Road May Have the Scariest Passage in All of Literature.” The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 14 May 2013. Web. 19 July 2014.
This video gives great insight on some of the literary methods used in The Road, and it gives an example of devices used to create a bleak atmosphere.

Source:”The Road – An Examination of the Use of Narrative Devices to Create a Bleak Atmosphere.” YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 21 July 2014.

An Interview with Viggo Mortensen one of the main actors in the film adaptation of The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Source: “Viggo Mortensen on Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road'” YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 21 July 2014.

An Article about Cormac McCarthy and his brilliant writing skills

http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2009/dec/20/observer-profile-cormac-mccarthy

Source: Adams, Tim. “Cormac McCarthy: America’s Great Poetic Visionary.” The Observer. Guardian News and Media, 20 Dec. 2009. Web. 21 July 2014.

A summary of our novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy with some drawn illustrations.

Source:”The Road- By Cormac McCarthy.” YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 21 July 2014.

A multitude of quotes from a collection of reviews on “The Road” to be found here:

http://www.randomhouse.com/kvpa/cormacmccarthy/
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