Scathing Book Reviews of The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, certainly made quite an impression on many book reviewers in 2007, but was a bit hard to find around the bookstore until Oprah Winfrey blessed/I mean chose it for her book club, coincidentally named “Oprah’s Book Club”. For the most part, readers enjoyed “The Road”. Or at least as much as you could enjoy the tragic journey of a dying man and his boy across an apocalyptic landscape. However, for some readers, those qualities failed to charm. These critical reviews of “The Road” are all downhill:

You may need to go on Prozac after reading this book….DOW-NER!

…and

What I thought: Gryke. Discalced. Mastic. Meconium. Rachitic. Siwash. Parsible. Woad. Kerf. Chary. Firedrake. Palimpsest. Middens. Pampooties. Salitter. Dolmen stones. Crozzled.

…and

I just started reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy and if I didn’t know better I would say that it was written by a 10th grader who has done too much glue.

…and

Indeed, it must be nice to be a recognized, award winning author and get away with anything you write.

…and

The perfect book for literary sadists.

…and

I don’t read a lot of fiction; this book does not make me regret it.

…and last but not least:

I don’t think I’ll read anything marked “Oprah” again. If she really read this and STILL recommends it, I don’t think I’ll be watching her show anymore either. Someone that twisted shouldn’t be giving life advice to anyone.

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