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The Road Cormac Mccarthy Dialectical Journal Assignment

Journal Entry #1 - The Road The book that I have chosen for the Dystopian Literary Unit is The Road by Cormac McCarthy. The book is about a father and son who are one of the few survivors of a post-apocalyptic America struggling to survive and keep sane, and always on the lookout for the bandits who roam the lifeless wasteland. I selected this novel because I liked the concept of survival the main characters face, and because they are father and son it makes the experience more riveting because they are what's giving each other the strength and the will to press forward and survive. I had to read about the basic plot idea to see if I was interested in this novel and it managed to grab my attention with the description it was given. The reader learns that America has been destroyed and ravaged but at this point we do not exactly know what. It has been hinted that there was some time of warfare that took place, or even possibly some sort of religious cult performing a mass genocide on those who did not agree with their views and beliefs. This novel will fit in more with the

There’s not a lot of people here, so I’m not sure if you will get anyone else to reply.

After THE ROAD was published, it seemed like there was an avalanche of dystopian novels novels that saw publication–a trend. Often in reviews, McCarthy’s Pulitzer-winning novel was called up for comparison, sometimes aptly, sometimes needlessly.

Of those that I’ve read, the best was Peter Heller’s THE DOG STARS. It is set in McCarthy’s THE ROAD world, but Heller gave it a completely different paradigm.

THE DOG STARS starts out as a sequel, with the narrator going on about the lost species of trout, I kid you not. But then the narrative becomes insightful, told in the first person, and what’s more the narrator becomes an upbeat glass-half-full kind of guy. Yeah, it might be the end of the world, but he is grateful for every day.

Dystopian novels are not my cuppa java, so it may be that there are others who have done this. But the refreshing shift in attitude works for me and I cannot think of McCarthy’s THE ROAD these days without also thinking of THE DOG STARS.

If I were given your assignment, I’d be thinking likewise.

  Richard L.Quote

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