Book the Third: The Road by Cormac McArthy
I bought this one in Australia so I didn’t know it was in Oprah’s Book Club when I got it. Or that it won the Pulitzer. (Query: Which honor is higher?) I did know it was about a father and son traveling through a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but for some reason I envisioned an older man and his son driving through the desert and listening to the radio.
That is NOT what this book is like.
It’s a brisk read and a bleak read but pretty much a great read that, at the very least, serves as a perfect example of every Creative Writing teacher's admonishion to "show, not tell." The cumulating repetition of details reminded me of Hemingway’s Big Tow-Hearted River (but with less pancakes and more cannibalism). All in all, one of the finest retellings of the Mad Max myth I’ve encountered this year. Or last.