Where stupid people say insipid stuff to each other. With descriptions that are merely lists I could perhaps appreciate a completely empty world as a writing exercise, but as McCarthy is constantly trying to provoke emotional reactions, he cannot have been going for utter bleakness.
Luckily for such writers, none of their lit fic critics know anything about other genres--any sort of bland rehash will feel fresh to them, as long as you have the name-recognition to get them to look in the first place.
Then again, he may honestly not have much insight on the topic. Suburban malaise is equated with the most remote and terrible examples of human pain. Their light playing over the wet flowstone walls. Deep stone flues where the water dripped and sang.
But then, the Pulitzer committee is renowned for picking unadventurous winners--usually an unremarkable late entry by an author past their prime. One way or the other, it will stand as a testament to the last gasp of a dying philosophy: And you know what would make a great book?
The characters never grow numb to it, they never seem to suffer PTSD, their reactions are more akin to angst. This is tragedy porn.
Another Creative Writing lesson: Everything is constantly bleak. Nor does it seem to make much sense. They turn the water off when they brush their teeth.
Indeed, there is a self-satisfied notion that trying to look at the world sullies the pure artist. Are we going to die? McCarthy never demonstrates how such a disconnect arose between two people who are constantly intimate and reliant on one another.Repetition, Diction, and Simile in Cormac McCarthy’s The Crossing In Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Crossing, there is a dramatic sequence described by the narrator.
The author uses many different techniques to convey the impact of the experience on the narrator. Saliba 1 Linguistic Disintegration in Cormac McCarthy's The Road Cormac McCarthy's The Road propels the reader along a horrifying journey through the nuclear winter of post-apocalyptic America.
Ladies and gentlemen of Goodreads, I present to you my first five star review of The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
And, ladies and gentlemen of Goodreads, here is the crazy thing. This is my THIRD time reading the book!4/5. Because of the rarity of these words and the odd, archaic syntax McCarthy sometimes uses (e.g.
"To which he and the stars were common satellite"), these passages have something of a muscular, lost beauty. McCarthy doesn't hold back with the violent stuff. In this way, he's very straightforward and unflinching about the consequences of an apocalyptic disaster.
This doesn't stop him, however, from telling a touching father-son story. Diction, or word choice, is critical to creating mood and tone. After all, like all novels, The Road, is made up entirely of words, and there are many different words one could use to tell the story of a boy and his father seeking to survive in a ruined world.Download