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New Meetup: December's Book Club - The Road

From: Torrie
Sent on: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 2:17 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for One Drink Minimum Book Club of Princeton!

What: December's Book Club - The Road

When: December 2,[masked]:00 PM

Where:
Tre Bar
120 Rockingham Row
Princeton, NJ 08540

Since the book/movie idea was such a hit with The Time Traveller's Wife, I have decided to do it again for December with Cormac McCarthy's The Road.

Cormac McCarthy sets his novel, The Road, in a post-apocalyptic blight of gray skies that drizzle ash, a world in which all matter of wildlife is extinct, starvation is not only prevalent but nearly all-encompassing, and marauding bands of cannibals roam the environment with pieces of human flesh stuck between their teeth. If this sounds oppressive and dispiriting, it is. Stealing across this horrific (and that's the only word for it) landscape are an unnamed man and his emaciated son, a boy probably around the age of ten. It is the love the father feels for his son, a love as deep and acute as his grief, that could surprise readers of McCarthy's previous work. But here the love of a desperate father for his sickly son transcends all else. McCarthy has always written about the battle between light and darkness; the darkness usually comprises 99.9% of the world, while any illumination is the weak shaft thrown by a penlight running low on batteries. In The Road, those batteries are almost out--the entire world is, quite literally, dying--so the final affirmation of hope in the novel's closing pages is all the more shocking and maybe all the more enduring as the boy takes all of his father's (and McCarthy's) rage at the hopeless folly of man and lays it down, lifting up, in its place, the oddest of all things: faith.

Learn more here:
http://bookclub.meetup.com/1505/calendar/11784262/

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