A blog by Jorge Garcia.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Finally Reading THE ROAD

It's been sitting on my shelf since 2006. It's now a major motion picture. But I've finally started reading Cormac McCarthy's The Road. And I'm loving it.

It's exciting, dark, suspenseful, and subtly gruesome.

But what made me first get into it was his writing style. McCarthy follows his own rules. If he had turned this book in to my 7th grade English teacher, it would have come back covered in red ink.

Take this randomly selected paragraph for example.

44 comments:

Jenea said...

H aha ha!!! I don't listen about this book nothing! But i think it is funny, about what this book???
Jorge becouse why you don't participate in this november's Justin's Skeetchbook!!! Look in their blog, there is more interesting sckeetches!!!

Emily said...

I love this book so much! And the movie is good too. Rock on.

Yorch said...

It's an original and strange book but it gets you into the story completely.

As you say, McCarthy has his own style. Poor him if he had known your teacher ^^

Saludos desde EspaƱa!

jeffk said...

Don't get me started on his apostrophe-free contractions!

Tia said...

I was thinking about picking this for book club. When I flipped through it, I was surprised by the writing. Not sure if I can dig it. I had an English teacher for a mother after all...

I am still thinking about it. Glad you like it!

CraftyHope said...

Oooooh my hubs and I read it about a year ago and both LOVED it! Enjoy!
We can't wait to see if the movie meets up to our expectations.

Kaileigh Blue said...

Oh my gosh. That looks like something I would have written in English class. Seriously. I failed.

If it's a good read though I guess it shouldn't matter that much to a publisher.

Joan Crawford said...

Yes! That book is awesome! You should read "House of Leaves" too. Blow your mind.

joanna said...

this is my favorite blog post of yours yet.

ryanrbf182 said...

I tried getting into that book. I got like 70 pages in and just couldn't read it. Let us know what it's about though because I was totally brain-farted the entire time I was reading.

Heather said...

I read this over the spring (well, I listened to the audio version while at work) and really liked it. Hope you enjoy it too!

bre said...

When you know the rules - you can break the rules. Love it! I just picked it up as well.

Sassafrass said...

The Road is painful, gruesome, dark, and stark - even in the writing style.

I hope you love it as much as I did!

Topanga said...

Jeeez.... are those the types of things an editor is suppose to pick up?

That's for the suggestion. I haven't read it either.

Kara said...

Awesome book...I am so excited for the movie -
The lack of chapters and the way it was written add to the eerie feeling of it.

Slave Driver said...

There is something to be said about breaking the rules as long as the writers voice comes out. Especially if it is unique.

Checkie said...

I read this back in the summer and it's definitely one of the best books I've read in a while. Took a little bit to get used to the dialogue without quatation marks, couldn't figure out of I was reading thoughts or dialogue half the time.

Great book, but I just found out that my local theater isn't going to be showing the movie at all. I'm either gonna have to drive 50 miles to see it or wait for the DVD.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the book.

micki said...

I've got The Road on my Kindle. Great reading. I don't usually go to see movies based on books but this one looks like it might be a good one.

Malea said...

I think I may look forward to Jenea's comments as much as your post's:) Thanks for the reading suggestion, I'll have to try to fit it in between my Instyle mag reads;)

Steph said...

that is such a good book! it does leave you feeling pretty solemn though.

TLB said...

You gotta know the rules in order to break 'em, I guess.

Try All the Pretty Horses if you haven't already. Also Jim Crace's The Pesthouse. Or just anything by Jim Crace.

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

very good teach...
I love Cormac McCarthy but The Road bummed me out so bad I was grumpy for days..I'd rather read The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss 3 more times ...

Miss Missy said...

Ha ha! Good stuff. I love all the red ink. I've never read the book but am excited about the movie. Perhaps I should pick up the book first?

Christi said...

Excellent book! Hope you enjoy it.

tnewman3 said...

Love that Nunu!

Mirror Images said...

I thought the book was very dark, depressing even. I don't plan on seeing the movie because of that.

Now, if you ask me about 2012 - whole other story. Who knew the end of the world could be so entertaining!

Erin said...

Hahaha! I love it. Yeah, he definitely doesn't pay much attention to grammar rules. I found the way he used, and didn't use, apostrophes in the book really interesting.

I loved the book, and I loved the movie, part of which was shot in my hometown of Erie, PA. Really cool to feel like our town was a part of such a great movie, even if it was as a post-apocalyptic setting...

Curt Rogers said...

How strange. I just read this this weekend. Did the whole thing in about three hours. Couldn't get enough. Great lit!

O.Schaefer said...

Possibly one of my favourite books ever. Stupendously depressing and uplifting at the same time, if such a thing is possible. Enjoy!

Morgana said...

Quite a grammatic murderer.

Nikki Stafford said...

The book editor in me is completely in love with you right now. I LOVED this post. One of the toughest things about editing is fiction is letting the author's style win over what your red pen is telling you is proper grammar. And I, too, have The Road on my shelf as the next one to read. Because nothing says "Merry Christmas!" like a dark, apocalyptic book about a father who is fearful for his son's life. :/

Brett Battles said...

Nice job on the line edit! McCarthy is the perfect example that if you've got talent, the normal rules don't apply.

Love the book, too.

Kate said...

Treading into "wiseass" territory here, but if you're going to do a blog post about grammar, punctuation, and the like, you might want to correct "If he had turned this book into my 7th grade English teacher..." to "If he had turned this book in to my 7th grade English teacher..." That is, unless the book was actually going to change into your seventh grade English teacher...

Paul Spooner said...

Short, bleak, and very dark. Happy holidays!

Joan- is that the one with the video camera shot of the window?

Karen said...

Another challenging book to read is Blindness by Jose Saramago. There is not sentence structure, no paragraphs or quotes to indicate when people are talking. I think it's suppose to be that way, it disables the readers sense of sight. I found I had to concentrate on what I was reading rather than skim it over.
I'll give The Road a try. Thanks!

Penny said...

The Road is probably McCarthy's most positive book. It's actually much less bleak than No Country for Old Men and Blood Meridian. Not an emotionally easy read, though, especially for readers with children.

Denise said...

I wish I thought of funny things to blog about like you do. Mine are all about feminism and arguments with my parents and dumb crap like that.

You've inspired me! I think tomorrow I'll make a story from photos of my cats. Thanks, Jorge!

jay041302 said...

thats pretty cool, reminds me of comp 1...thank god for good english teachers i love to read also...mainly the Bible

Jennifer said...

As a college English instructor and huge fan of The Road, I love this post. (and I don't use red ink, because it makes me sad).

Kristi said...

:) As an English teacher, I love this post. Competely looks like the products of my weekends.

pubwisdom said...

Read his book Blood Meridian. Flippin' insane.

Heather @ Alis Grave Nil said...

Love it, but now you're reminding me that I need to pick this book up again and finish it. It's so intense. :/

Heather (a.k.a. Bella) said...

I absolutely loved this book, and so did everyone else I know who read it. It leaves an absolute stain on your soul...

booradley said...

I think its supposed to be postmodern. :)