On Tuesday, we made a trip over to the Book Barn in Niantic, CT. I was on a mission and had my book list in hand. To prepare for this visit, I actually included the author of each book, instead of fumbling around just searching by title.
I tried to make a date out of Tuesday. It didn’t work out. My plan was to visit both Book Barn locations, then go to lunch at the Black Sheep. That we did. What we didn’t do was to go bowling, visit the BJ’s location down there and to cruise by the car dealer. My intent was to check out the scene. Oh well…we ran out of time.
Anyway, I did manage to pick up four books; two that were on my list and two that weren’t. There were many others that tempted me, but I shook them off at the last second. Sometimes, the allure of information is so strong.
I will discuss those four books in later posts. Today, I want to share with you a book I purchased during my last visit to the Book Barn. It’s called, “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy.
The Road came highly recommended by a few sources. One source described the book as “the most important piece of literature you will ever read.” I take this with a grain of salt because I have heard similar descriptions for “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Brothers Karamazov.” Either way, I plan on reading the book within the next year.
What’s it about?
It is a post-apocalyptic tale of a journey taken by a father and his young son over a period of several months, across a landscape blasted by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed all civilization and, apparently, almost all life on earth. (source)
I am aware that many people don’t enjoy reading novels from the dystopian point of view. I’m not sure why I am drawn to them. I guess I was hard wired that way. It’s interesting because as time goes on, one has to wonder about the lines being blurred between what’s a dystopia and what’s reality. Ahh…thoughts for another day.
I wrote a post below that lightly delves into perspective. I suppose you can read this book from a certain perspective and take away from it what you will. The beauty of books like these is that they offer you a different world than the one you are used to. For a short time every night, you get to peek into someone else’s reality and experiences.