Monday, May 07, 2012

Ten of the top long walks in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best long walks in literature.

One entry on the list:
The Road by Cormac McCarthy

In some post-apocalyptic future, a nameless man and his young son walk south across a devastated land, pushing what they have scavenged in a shopping trolley. They are fleeing the oncoming winter and dodging predatory cannibals, walking through a land of horrors towards the distant sea.
Read about another book on the list.

The Road appears on Tony Bradman's top ten list of father and son stories, Ramin Karimloo's six favorite books list, Jon Krakauer's five best list of books about mortality and existential angst, William Skidelsky's list of the top ten most vivid accounts of being marooned in literature, Liz Jensen's top 10 list of environmental disaster stories, the Guardian's list of books to change the climate, David Nicholls' top ten list of literary tear jerkers, and the Times (of London) list of the 100 best books of the decade. Sam Anderson of New York magazine claims "that we'll still be talking about [The Road] in ten years."

--Marshal Zeringue