“The Road” by Cormac McCarthy–somebody had to say it

The Road
by Cormac McCarthy

Literary Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction–seriously???,
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction (2006)did you check with him to be sure he want his name linked to this?
National Book Critics’ Circle Award (2006)fire those critics, they’re useless

rating: No stars, this is bad writing
status: Read in January, 2008, read count: 1
recommended for: I would NOT recommend this
recommended by: I’d rawther not say
review: Thankfully this was short, a one-sit read because this book was a lot of nothing for me.
A post-apocalyptic world could be anything the author wants it to be, but boring is far from what I’d ever expect a Pulitzer prize winning novelist to come up with. The bleak setting did not fill me with the despair I expected. Nor did the surviving father/son team fill me with hope. McCarthy’s setting and characters lacked a second and third dimension. The dialogue was like reading an ingredient label. Lack of punctuation is not artistry, it’s just lazy writing and poor editing.
So shame on the critics and those who like follow the herd. It’s a harsh look at us all when writing like this floats to the top.


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