So I just read the first seven pages of The Road. The quote I found was, “Then they set out along the blacktop in the gunmetal light, shuffling through the ash, each the other’s world entire.”
I’m not quite sure why this got my attention. I like how he describes the light and everything else around them. But my favorite part of this quote is, “…each the other’s world entire.” It really shows the relationship between the father and his son. In this time we’re in, most fathers and sons don’t feel this way about each other, but this family is so dependent on each other and care so much about each other that they’ve become each other’s worlds. They’re whole lives have become about the other. I think it’s very touching; it puts things in a perspective.
Well, 100 words was a lot shorter than I thought it would be! On to the observations of Cormac McCarthy.
The main things I really noticed was how he wrote. The majority of his sentences are HUGE run-ons! It’s driving me up the wall! For example: “He pulled the blue plastic tarp off of him and folded it and carried it out to the grocery cart packed it and came back with their plates and some cornmeal cakes in a plastic bag and a plastic bottle of syrup.” That’s all one sentence! It seems like an eighth grader didn’t know how to process all of his thoughts! It’s always and and and and and and and and and……… AAAGH!!!!! I hope he doesn’t do this throughout the whole book… But who knows? Maybe he’s trying to write like the father would. I’m not sure he would totally remember how to write, so maybe he’s just acting like him. Like all that crap you’re trying to get me to notice in those stupid poems, Mr. Wieck. Ugh. Aggravating. Also, he doesn’t use quotation marks! It’s driving me crazy! Words are just randomly in a paragraph and then your eyes are immediately brought back and you question if someone’s talking! apohg;aljdlijarteopjrfalj.
Another thing was, well, I’m not sure how to word this, but it seems like he’s writing like the father, and then he’s a spectator. I can’t tell who’s telling the story! Is the father crazy and talking in third person or does the author just not sure how he’s going to write this yet? I’m confused.