And it’s lovely.
Edited to add: the film stars Viggo Mortensen, obviously, who knows who to be grim, and is directed by John Hillcoat, who previously worked with Nick Cave so is obviously intimately acquainted with gloom.

Hope this movie is good because the book certainly is.

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  1. I just read The Road and was completely blown away! I liked it so much that I even did a sketch of Cormac McCarthy for my blog.

    I’m extremely interested in seeing how they adapt the novel to film. The boy in the photos does look a bit older than I imagined he was in the book.

  2. This will be interesting to see. I hope they keep the focus on the father and “boy” and not go off into some Hollywood action film – especially when they run into the others roaming around Mad Max style.

  3. I read the book and found it stunningly, beautifully written. But I also found it horribly depressing so I’ll likely skip the film. I’m not usually one to go for only feel-good fiction, but McCarthy’s skills as a writer gave the thing such an impact that it made it nearly debilitating.

  4. The novel was definitely a captivating read, but bleak — very bleak. This will not be the feel-good movie of the year. Looking forward to seeing how the final print turns out.

  5. The Road is one of the greatest novels of the last 20 years and arguably the most powerful post-apocalyptic book ever. Everyone–and I am not the kind of guy to use ‘”should” in a sentence referring to other people– everyone SHOULD read this book. I am really happy that Oprah made this a book of the month read, because this is by far the strongest piece of anti-nuclear war fiction ever written. If she can get tens of thousands of mothers across America to read this, all the better. The book gave me nightmares, it has brutal and depraved scenes of cannibalism and murder and it is strangely one of the most life-affirming books I have read. Michael Chabon’s book review here:

    As for the film adaptation? Who knows. So long as they make Mad Max look like a fairy tale, that’s fine. With any luck they won’t slip into horror-camp. John Hillcoat is an excellent director and c’mon– NICK CAVE is doing the soundtrack.

  6. I had high hopes after reading that John Hillcoat was making this. He has no qualms about sitting beauty and brutality together, but the Nick Cave soundtrack news makes me oddly cheerful about something involving so depressing a subject.

    Speaking of depressing, as someone originally from Pittsburgh, I’m both cheered and grumbling that Pittsburgh’s been chosen as the site to make such a big, important movie… as a suitable stand in for the apocalypse after-party. My Clevelander girlfriend is going to love hearing this.

    Pittsburgh: capable of “The Road”, “Zack & Miri Make A Porno” and everything in between…

  7. Pittsburgh was once supposed to be a stand-in for Metropolis during Tim Burton and Nicholas Cage’s version of the Superman movie. ‘Course that didn’t work out…

  8. I was not a fan of The Road, but I will say that if you read only one Oprah book featuring a baby on a spit, make it this one.

  9. You know, I love this book, but the casting of Mortensen leaves me cold. Reading the book, I was seeing the father with a human, ordinary face. (Bill Macy, Bill Murray, John Cusack, even.) Viggo versus the Apocalypse seems like a fair fight, which this book is Not.