posted on Oct, 15 2009 @ 06:51 AM
I've read this book 4 times. The first time I sobbed like a baby near the end. It's been years since I've been this impacted by a work of
McCarthy's use of language is pure genius, IMHO. Just when you think he's going to run out of adjectives to describe grayness and bleakness, he
pulls another string of a dozen or so from his sleeve, and every page is fresh.
As to what happened to the earth to make it the way McCarthy describes, I'm pretty sure he left it ambiguious on purpose. In a way, there is a point
to that: so many possible things could wipe us out, and I think he wanted to provoke thought about them all\, and how fragile civilization is on so
many fronts. The only point in the book where he describes what happened was a brief passage about seeing a "shear of light" and hearing some "dull
thuds" in the distance. It could be anything...nuclear, a comet/meteor strike or a massive volcanic caldera eruption, for example. There are signs of
a great release of heat everywhere...I would say nuclear is a good possibility...and yet there is no talk of radiation anywhere in the book. In the
end, it doesn't really matter. "Ten thousand dreams ensepulchred within their crozzled hearts..."
Regarding the movie: I think it will fall far short of the book and be a big disappointment. The genius of the book is in its use of language and
vocabulary, the inner thoughts of the characters, the silent mental state of the father and son...none of this will translate well to the silver
screen. There is little dialogue and few plot twists, which are generally what drive good movies.