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June 13, 2007

Book 2

Filed under: Reviews — Antz @ 1:34 pm

Shala di ba.. nakatapos na agad ako ng isa pang book? Actually, siguro ito eh one week or two weeks after I finished yung A Thousand Splendid Suns. This time, I got the previous Oprah’s Book Club choice, ang The Road.

Ang masasabi ko lang ay fabulous! Kung gaano ka-thick and saucy and melodramatic ang plot nung Suns, eh sya namang hmmm… what’s the word.. spartan netong The Road.

Basically, it’s a father and son’s story of survival. I think nasa USA sila, kasi nag-e-English sila. Hahaha! And I think it’s been years after ni-nuclear attack ang buong mundo. Di naman sinabing may nuclear attack, pero everything is destroyed, burned, gray, and puro ash, as in ash ketchup of pokemon fame. At first, mejo hirap i-absorb ng lola mo. I just can’t sink my teeth into it, kasi mega-description ever ng all the grayness and sadness and foolishness ever of the place. And napaka-austere ng usapan ng mag-ama. Alam mo lang na gutom sila, they’re trying to go somewhere, and umiiwas sila from bad people, kasi madami nang cannibals, dahil wala nang resources. Pero as I went on, absorbing itekla! Talagang the author pounds you with all the grayness and ashes and darkness and winter, and slowly, nararamdaman mo na, and you appreciate what they are going through. It’s such a dark and dangerous place, bingo talaga pag nakakita sila ng konting makakain. And one time na they stumbled upon something that’s almost too good to be true, literally sinara ko ang libro to take a breath. Natakot atashi baka biglang may masamang mangyari sa kanila, like may makakita sa kanilang group of cannibals just when they had some good fortune. Anyway, in the end, kahit with all the sadness around, it’s beautiful. It’s nothing grandiose, pero sweeping ever ang story. It’s such a personal story, hindi na kailangan ng maaksyong labanan ever. You just feel for the characters.

At kakaiba ang style of writing. Walang quote-unquote for dialogues. Wala mang names ang character, save for one stranger. Ely ang pangalan ng lolo. At I think 4 or 5 pages lang sya umappear. All other else, waek talagang names. And sa totoo lang, in that scenario, who needs names? They just need food, clothing, warmth.

The Road is one of the more memorable books I have ever read. It may be dark all through out, pero di va, kung walang darkness, di mo ma-appreciate ang light. It’s about survival, strength, trust, but ultimately, love. And in the end, that’s all that matters most. Kaya ugly man ang setting, ultimately it is a beautiful story.

5 out of 5.

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