The Road: One Question in about Five Parts
1). Did you read The Road by Cormac MCarthy?
1a). If not, why not? If you can read and haven’t read The Road you are wasting that ability! And being mystified by the liberties he takes with punctuation is not a valid reason in this case. The book is condensed enough that you can double back on any missed comma. It is powerful, powerful writing (plus it’s really short).
1b). If yes, do you intend on seeing the film adaptation? I wonder if I will.
As stated above, the book was awesome but it was a vivid depiction of what amounts to the last days of humanity. And it’s not the good kind of end days that movies usually give us where an average-looking guy is forced to repopulate the earth with a buffet of busty concubines. It’s the bad kind where people are forced to eat each other to survive.
My fear is (as it was when I opted not to see “Bruno”) that there may be some stuff in there that, once seen, cannot ever be unseen. It probably won’t be exactly like “Bruno” (I doubt there’s going to be any anal bleaching) but still the principle remains the same.
Granted, having read the book the argument can be made that I have already “seen” the worst of what it has to offer but that is just theater of the mind which can be blunted by memory and poor reading skills in a way that theater of the theater cannot.
Images get much stronger suction in the mind than words (that’s why everybody exits this blog when they don’t see a video of someone reading this instead of having to read it themselves).
1b(a)). If yes, when you were reading the book, did you stop reading when the boy and the man were in peril or did you stop when the suspense had been lifted?
I found myself only able to put it down when they were safe, opting to stay with them during times of crisis.
1a(a)). If you haven’t read it, may I strongly recommend that you do so. Granted, this isn’t an actual question but I’ve already typed in the title and now just need to fill up a few more number and letter combinations. As previously stated it is a sublime piece of writing and, all the better, you can read it in one sitting. That may not be much to everyone but to the rest of you nerds out there who keep a “List of Books” each year, it is a quality stat-padder as we inch towards November.
2). Are there any other books that you’ve read and loved but had no desire to see adapted?
For me, the one that jumps out is From Here to Eternity by James Jones. Uh, what a book! Big and heavy like real literature but subtly and ironically funny in a way that was light-years ahead of it’s time. I have seen the wave crashing on the beach and people have told me I need to watch the movie but I can’t bring myself to do it. Pru is just too perfect as he is.
Okay, that was 2 questions and a statement in 4 parts but that doesn’t really role of the tongue now does it