Posts Tagged 'Cormac MacCarthy'

The Endless Road

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I just read a book. Having not heard a single thing about this book, I had zero expectations. I had no idea who the author was (shame on me, for the man wrote “No Country for Old Men”), what the book was about or if it was even any good. I ended up taking a leap of faith.

This is not a review and I won’t recommend it because I think its good. I want you to decide for yourself.

Having no idea what the book was about, I strayed away from reading reviews or even researching the author, Cormac MacCarthy, whom I have learned that many believe to be a modern Western literature treasure. I dived headlong into it, with no questions answered or asked.

Let me tell you this: This book changed how I now view the world. I have yet to read a book that so eloquently describes the things man is capable of on both ends of the extreme. At one end, we have the amoral and desperate and on the other we have the hopeful. In the Road, they play in an epic tug ‘o’ war, not with a rope, but with a string, each tugging voraciously, but not enough to break it one way or the other.

You will look at civilization, friends, families, enemies and the faceless crowd in a new way. The book brought this question to me: what would I do in the face of absolute desolation, destruction and isolation. Cormac MacCarthy’s book paints a vivid picture of a future that presents us with the plight of men in the most desperate of times. To survive without hope or to die without hope. When given the choice to choose only one, which would you choose?

This book is now one of my favorites. I can’t recommend it. I just want to tell you that it changed my perspectives on a great many things. I won’t tell you what it changed or how or why it changed me because if I did, it will put you in a certain mindset or give you expectations. I don’t want you to have any expectations. Read it, think about it and talk to me about it afterwards.

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