Teaser Tuesday: The Road

Like the gentle rotation of an icee machine, the Wheel of Time has turned ’round to Teaser Tuesday.

Just in case you don’t know, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish theme, and anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share a few sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers!*

*I wish I could take credit for this introduction, but I shamelessly stole it from Heather at bitsnbooks. To help me make amends, you should go check out her blog.

Since last we dusted off the bookshelf, I’ve finished The Zhivago Affair and Dead Wake. If you haven’t heard of Dead Wake, it’s by Erik Larson and chronicles the last crossing (and subsequent torpedoing) of the Lusitania. But that’s all in the past. This week I’m reading Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy – come back tomorrow for a new, 5 part series! – and Cormac  McCarthy’s The Road.

The Goodreads’ Blurb

Ask any literary critic — and most discerning readers — to name the greatest living American novelist, and Cormac McCarthy is sure to surface as a major contender. Best known for his powerful regional fiction (Sutree, the Border Trilogy, Blood Meridian, et al), this dazzling prose stylist crafts tragic, unforgettable stories suffused with violence, alienation, and an undeniably apocalyptic vision. Now, in what we consider McCarthy’s best novel to date, the apocalypse itself becomes a set piece. Unfolding in a terrifying future where Armageddon has been waged and lost, The Road traces the odyssey of a father and his young son through a desolate landscape of devastation and danger. Powerful, moving, and extraordinary by any standard, this is McCarthy at his greatest and gravest.


For our teaser, the Truly Random Number Generator sends us to page 79:

They left the cart in the woods and crossed a railroad track and came down a steep bank through dead black ivy. He carried the pistol in his hand. Stay close, he said. He did. They moved through the streets like sappers. One block at a time.

The Road cover

What are you reading today?

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