It combines the terse but poetic meditations on the horrific depths of human depravity of his Blood Meridian with the taut, thriller writing found in his, No Country for Old Men. A father and son are striving to survive in a wilderness that used to be a country that used to be the most prosperous nation on earth. All that is left is ash, floating and falling when the wind chooses not to breathe. McCarthy carves this world in a harsh, stark lyricism reserved for those who speak unflinching prophecy.
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Some find it suggestive of renewal, though only vaguely. Still others find it offers both lamentation and hopefulness, while some pass it over in silence. As an admirer with a taste for puzzle solving, here I offer a new interpretation revealing a surprisingly optimistic denouement. Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional.
Exploring Cormac McCarthy's Road: A critical essay
They have to walk through snow and woods; encountering the disheveled remains of a once prosperous nation, now destroyed, and the lost souls managing to hold onto their meager lives by whatever means necessary. The story is often brutal and unrelenting. It is a story about the strong bond between a father and son—even though, the entire book is a depressing lesson in rock bottom, for both humanity and America. The lunatics feel very real, always trying to rape, pillage or steal.
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