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December 03, 2006


Michael Uhall

I disagree. I don't think The Road is essentially a work of science fiction, and I don't think it owes equal reference to The Road Warrior, Mad Max, etc. There are, of course, a number of tropes common to the "genre", but they do not by any means drive the narrative of The Road. The theme addressed in The Road (though it perhaps addresses many) is a theme that owes far more to Beckett, Brecht, etc. If you wished to draw a more accurate correlative film, try Le Dernier Combat or Time of the Wolf, not action-packed hack-and-slashers.

Gabriel Mckee

"Time of the Wolf" certainly bears many similarities to "The Road," but it's SF as well. This kind of post-apocalyptic tale fits well within pretty much every scholarly and critical definition of SF. As for whether or not the SF aspects of "The Road" are essential—would this story have been nearly as compelling without its SFnal setting? I certainly don't think so.

I prefer to disregard the artificial boundary between "highbrow" and "lowbrow" entertainment. Why can't "action-packed hack-and-slashers" can't be every bit as thematically rich as a Beckett play? Is there any reason that genre SF readers should not embrace "The Road" and "Time of the Wolf"? For that matter, is there any reason that people who enjoyed "The Road" wouldn't also enjoy "A Canticle for Leibowitz" or Octavia Butler's "Parable of the Sower"? In my mind, exploring the thematic ideas in movies like "The Road Warrior" and treating New Yorker-approved genre stories like "The Road" as SF are two sides of the same coin.

Katherine Du Plat-Taylor

I don't care what or who this book sounds like. It speaks to the heart and at every reading the heart replies with a different answer. The trout and the deep hum from the aged earth fill me with the hope that a better world will emerge, maybe a new Eden.

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