[FoRK] Beberg's "wealth manager / SHTF" fantasy
owen at permafrost.net
Thu Jun 12 17:46:07 PDT 2008
This would be my response also, though I'd probably be more succinct.
McCarthy writes beautiful prose.
From: "Jeffrey Winter" <jeffreywinter at xefer.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 12, 2008 8:38pm
To: "'Friends of Rohit Khare'" <fork at xent.com>, owen at permafrost.net
Subject: Re: [FoRK] Beberg's "wealth manager / SHTF" fantasy
>> Here's my synopsis: "Man and boy heading down road. Cold. Raining.
Ashes everywhere. Hungry. About to starve. Find food. Hide out for
a few days in abandoned building. Find some new stuff. Not
starving. Head down road. Meet bad guys. Escape bad guys. Lose
some stuff. Find evidence of cannibalism. Meet weird guy. Move
along. Flashback. Kill somebody. Lather, rinse, repeat several
times. Kid gets sick. Kid gets better. Head down road. Get to
beach. Muck about on beach. Dad gets sick. Dad dies. Kid finds
other survivors. Don't know if they're good guys or bad guys. Maybe
kid will get eaten. End." <<
I thought the book was fantastic actually. I always recommend McCarthy
if people are looking for something to read, but always warn them it's
not for everyone. I truly can understand why some people don't appreciate
Your synopsis while technically accurate of course doesn't capture the
poetic, hypnotic quality of his prose. I don't think anyone can capture
the poverty and sublimity of a depopulated xeriscape quite the way he can.
actually, for McCarthy, the ending is actually rather redemptive. You
should really read "Blood Meridian"; it's a classic of 20th century
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