All The Pretty Horses and The Unvanquished both depict the importance of honor in a persons life, whether it be honor through vengeance, honoring family, or honoring the tradition of woman, these two novels teach that honor can create a stronger person.
His tenth and latest novel, The Road (2006), known as his most traumatic yet intensely personal work, has won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature Award in 2007, as well as the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (2007,) and the Quill Book Award (2007.) The Road is one of three novels that have been made into a film and was featured in theaters in 2009....
“He was burntlooking as the country, his clothing scorched and black.” “One of his eyes was burnt shut and his hair was but a nitty wig of ash upon his blackened skull.”(McCarthy 49, 50).
Cormac McCarthy's The Road (2006), with its ashen, post-apocalyptic landscape, seems a striking departure from the realism of his earlier novels. Inspired in part by grim images of wanderers in "biohazard" suits or wearing masks and goggles "like ruined aviators" (The Road 51, 24), many critics identify the unnamed catastrophe that precipitates the novel as a nuclear holocaust (see e.g., Christman). McCarthy himself imagines the disaster to be a meteor strike, although he claims that "his money is on humans destroying each other before an environmental catastrophe sets in" (Kushner). Yet few critics have explored just how unusual the fantastic and futuristic landscape of The Road is. In an interview regarding the Coen brothers' film of his 2005 novel No Country for Old Men, McCarthy claims that he prefers literary realism over more "magical" genres. "[I]t's hard enough to get people to believe what you're trying to tell them without making it impossible," he says. "You have to make it vaguely plausible" (Grossman 63). While The Road does bear McCarthy's typical attention to accuracy in all the minutiae of his descriptions, the excesses of carnage and apocalyptic horror in its pages may stretch the limits of credulity. In fact, one critic finds the world of the novel so sublimely damaged that it must have a "supernatural cause," and he therefore concludes that The Road is [End Page 218] a retelling of the Book of Revelation (Grindley 12). The fantastic elements in the novel, however, are not supernatural allegory, but mythological motif. The novel's title in an early draft was The Grail, a title illustrative of the narrative arc in which a dying father embarks on a quest to preserve his son, whom he imagines as a "chalice" (McCarthy, The Road 64), the symbolic vessel of divine healing in a realm blighted by some catastrophic disease. The motifs of the Waste Land, the dying Fisher King, and the potentially unattainable healing balm in the cup of Christ provide particularly apt metaphors through which The Road examines pervasive apocalyptic fears in order to explore if and how the human project may be preserved.
23 Mar 2015 The road to success The Road Essays is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called
I'm in no hurry to see this come to the screen. It would take a beast of a director to do justice to the subject matter (I'm thinking a resurrection/amalgamation of Peckinpaw and Lean, though in the living realm, I'd far more trust Inarittu, Hillcoat, or Paul Thomas Anderson), not to mention finding someone to fill Judge Holden's boots. D'Onofrio is intriguing (assuming he was playing The Judge), but he needs a solid hand to reign in his sometimes overreach as an actor. Everything The Judge says and does is measured and very matter-of-fact, down to baby slaughter. Franco, though there's always a chance the sheer gumption of a young, inexperienced director may yield, interesting, risky results, can just as easily be shooting spit wads at a charging rhino. The fact that he describes in his synopsis of his BM reel The Judge being Glanton's "right hand" leaves a lot to be desired in terms of understanding the character. Holden is no one's right hand. Holden tags along as a kind of demonic observer--and sometimes participant--but he's his own ultimate agency. Oh, and the fact that he pushed forward without first obtaining the rights? I can wait on this.
“What’s the bravest thing you ever did?”
He spat in the road a bloody phlegm.
“Getting up this morning,” he said.
– Cormac McCarthy; The Road
Jill Ker Conway, in her autobiography The Road to Coorain, both literally and figuratively maps out her early life, placing specific emphasis on geographic location and the importance it made to her as an adult.
During an interview with Oprah, McCarthy answered questions about The Road that he had never been asked before because pervious to the interview he had never been interviewed.
Peter Derk lives, writes, and works in Colorado. He's a master of library science (which is a real thing) and considers himself a master of picking out the one functional treadmill in any gymnasium (which is not a real thing). Buy him a drink sometime and he'll talk books all day. Buy him two and he'll be happy to tell you about the horrors of being responsible for a public library's restroom.
They applauded vigorously and were evidently much delighted by the prospect." Alexander Meiklejohn was an exceptionally high-minded educator whose principles and whose moral tone toward things may be illustrated most briefly and clearly by some statements from his essay "What the College Is." This, his inaugural address as president of Amherst, was printed for a time as an introduction to the college catalogue....
I made my test for Blood Meridian three or four years ago. It stars Scott Glenn, Luke Perry, Mark Pellegrino (Lost), and my brother, Dave. We shot it in three days in some place near Yosemite that is the mule capital of the world. If you know the book, you’ll recognize that this is the sequence where Tobin recounts how the Glanton gang met the Judge, a Satan-like character and Glanton's right-hand man. The gang was out of gunpowder and about to be caught by Apache warriors, whereupon they would be killed for lack of working weaponry. Enjoy.
It is not your job to watch traffic off to the side; they should be paying attention and be considerate enough to wait until it is clear and then pull out onto the road....
Deconstruction is defined as “a critique of the hierarchical oppositions that have structured western thought: inside/outside, mind/body, literal/metaphorical, speech/writing, presence/absence, nature/culture, form/meaning” (Culler 126).