The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

This book has been out for quite a while now. Released in 2006, it chronicles the adventures of a father and son duo who are trapped in the wake of an unnamed cataclysm. Their only hope is to reach the coast, a region the protagonist hopes will lead them to the other “good people” left in the world.

The movie, which is set to be released on November 25th, has gotten off to a promising start. Despite the heckling of a few critics, Roger Ebert specifically, it is getting generally positive reviews. With Viggo Mortensen, Academy and Golden Globe-nominated actor, at its helm, this could be one of the sleeper hits of the winter season.

After rifling through his Wikipedia page, I found out that Mr. Mortensen is also a published poet. Here’s a sampling:

YOU ARE SWEATING IN YOUR SLEEP
ON OUR RENTED BED
LIKE A LOST SUMMER CLOUD
PIERCED BY A JET HEARD
ONLY WHEN IT’S GONE.

From Recent Forgeries, by Viggo Mortensen (1998).

Seems like pretty legit stuff. Here’s the trailer for The Road, which will be arriving onscreen in a few short weeks.

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