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Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader

I didn't always read, but that changed in June of 2013. I dropped the unnecessary stuff and picked up the awesome stuff--like reading! I started posting my reviews on Amazon and within a few months rose to the top 0.1% of reviewers. My reviews then went to Goodreads, and now my blog (http://ryandejonghe.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@Ryan_Reads). If you are reading this, why not leave a comment or send me a note? I love talking to other folks about books and my reviews. Publishers and authors, feel free to drop me a note if you want me to review your book. I usually stick to mainstream publishing, but I'll consider anything. If I review your book, I’ll give you a fair and thorough review and let you know when the review goes live. You can reach me at dejonghes@gmail.com. Happy Reading!

The Road

The Road - Cormac McCarthy Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and poetic novel is a difficult read both in content and prose, but is worth every effort to complete. McCarthy’s economy of words and minimalist writing style leaves a context full of meaning, much of it sorrowful.

The writing in The Road intentionally lacks the flair of modern novelists, removing the wordy descriptions, bantering dialogue, and even common punctuation. What’s left on the page is heart-rending narrative laid bare in its naked prose. This does not make for a quick or easy read.

The intent of McCarthy’s style is mostly understood, except for a few caveats. Some sentences are punctuated with commas; others are broken apart with periods, allowing adjectival phrases to stand on their own fragmented merits. Most contractions retain their apostrophe, but the apostrophe is missing in any word contracting “not” (wouldnt, dont, cant). But the most confusing aspect of McCarthy’s writing is the change in narrative, not just from different third person narratives, but at least one paragraph switches to the first person narrative (page 115 in the paperback version).

The artistic merit of the novel stands strong. The movie The Road does a great job of clearing up the flashbacks that aren’t clearly defined in the book, but it does not retain the powerful meaning of the book itself. Both are heavy to the soul, but the book stands alone when compared side-by-side.

If you are looking to expand your reading level or are seeking to enrich your life through written mediums, then The Road is a definitely needed addition to your list. If you are looking for a cheerful or quick read, you’ll be better served elsewhere.