I just finished the road (in about 3 sittings). Best book I've read in years. It's extremely unsettling. I had to read something else before going to sleep. Highly recommended.
Quote from: Ged on July 09, 2019, 07:28:27 pmI just finished the road (in about 3 sittings). Best book I've read in years. It's extremely unsettling. I had to read something else before going to sleep. Highly recommended.The section with the child tugging his dads sleeve as the zealots walk towards them across the field still gives me the shivers. Utterly brilliant book.Not sure if you've read any other McCarthy, but if you haven't I highly recommend No Country for Old Men (even if you've seen the film) and especially the Border Trilogy, starting with All The Pretty Horses. That trilogy is the best literature I have ever read I think, absolutely peerless.
Plus Helen Morts Black Car Burning was very good.
Thanks JWI, that sounds fascinating. Do you know if its only available in French? Its interesting to think of China in 1978 as experiencing a conservative revolution, typically the open door policy would be seen as a liberalisation. The other great conservative revolution of the period was, of course, Reagan. In some ways it feels as though we have been in a near permanent conservative revolution ever since.
Thanks Jonas, bugger that the FT is paywalled.
Quote from: andy popp on July 26, 2019, 02:05:05 pmThanks Jonas, bugger that the FT is paywalled. Sorry.
This is such a great thread - thanks to everyone who contributes. My 'to-read' list just gets longer and longer.Other than that I've been mainlining Charles Olson and his Maximus poems set in and around Gloucester, Massachusetts. Can't get enough of it.
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