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"The Road" by Cormac McCarthy

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Neo-Luddite, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. Neo-Luddite

    Neo-Luddite Well-Known Member

    Just finished the book and needed to chime in to endorse it. Well worth the time to read. It is Oprah's current book club choice--DO NOT pre-judge based on that fact. It easily ranks as one of the best dystopian novels of American authorship and will open the eyes to the nature of RKBA as a human right to those not already convinced. Well worth everyones time in my book for reasons that will be very apparent in just a few pages of reading.
  2. Mannlicher

    Mannlicher Well-Known Member

    I read the book back in February. I found it boring, sophomoric, and over the top nihilistic.
    It is fairly evident that McCarthy has no personal knowledge of survival, guns, or children.
  3. Neo-Luddite

    Neo-Luddite Well-Known Member

    His gun knowledge is not bad for a novelist--evidenced by the 'can I re-load/make .38' from a box of .45 ACP? I had the thought and he bothered to have the man think along those lines and curse himself for not saving his brass.

    It is dark and won't be to everyone's taste--that's his style.
  4. Neo-Luddite

    Neo-Luddite Well-Known Member

    Not that it matters--it just won a Pulitzer.
  5. roscoe

    roscoe Well-Known Member

    I liked it, and found his descriptions of the world and the predatory people chilling. He is considered one of the greatest novelests of the latter 20th century. You should also try "Blood Meridian" - perhaps his best work.

    I, too was frustrated by the main character's inability to fabricate reloads. The message of the novel - HAVE MORE AMMO!

    Well, that was sort of the point. Just an average guy trying to survive with his son. Maybe he didn't read enough EOTWAWKI threads on THR.
  6. Big Mike

    Big Mike Well-Known Member

    I also read it before it was an Oprah book. I didn't know what to say after I read it, just hug my family and pray I never experience that. Given the carnage and state of facts in the world today, the journey the main character experienced isn't completely unrealistic. I did not take it as a Pro-RKBA book, but how if anything a "gun" is a "tool" that was to be used for personal protection. It is a good read, without a doubt. I want to read Blood Merridian, and All the Wild Horses. The Road-recommended. Mike
  7. Waywatcher

    Waywatcher Well-Known Member

    I just finished reading it tonight, in fact. My wife is borrowing it next. I liked the book a lot and wished it was longer.

    And actually I thought he had a solid understanding of firearms. In the book he describes a character checking the cylinder rotation on the revolver to make sure his only live round is the next one.
  8. Neo-Luddite

    Neo-Luddite Well-Known Member

    Re-reading early work by him now from '69 'Outer Dark'. Oddly similar in tone. I bought it as a kid for a dime at a yard sale. I was an odd ten year old and things have only gotten weirder in the last couple of decades.

    Makes you hold your kids tight and pray more often, that's for sure.
  9. JohnL2

    JohnL2 Well-Known Member

    If you are the sensitive type, reading "Blood Meridian" is a rather traumatic experience.
    THE most violent novel I've ever read.
    Very instructive on the dark side of humanity. Something that must be investigated and understood.
    I'll try to read one of his more gentler works.

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