So, after the movie adaption of Cormac McCarthy’s novel No Country For Old Men, the latest big screen version of one of his books looks to be The Road. As much as I am a fan of McCarthy, having started reading his novels about ten years ago in grad school and at one point doing a big bibliography project of all the critical research about him, I wasn’t really a fan of The Road or No Country For Old Men. NCFOM struck me—as I recall some book reviewers at the time felt the same way—more as a screenplay in waiting as opposed to an actual novel. In that sense, I believe the Coen brothers film was one of those rare cases where the movie was better than the novel. But, The Road was even harder for me to make it through and, with its just bizarrely sentimental/unbelievable ending, didn’t hang together for me at all. All the scenes in it—finding the fallout shelter, raiding the shipwreck offshore—seemed to indicate some sort of complex allegorical worldview that was better suited for people still in grad school to puzzle over as opposed to the general public.