Originally Posted by FlyingFoxx
I'm really interested in The Road and On the Beach based on what I've heard online. Can anyone tell me more about those without spoilers?
One of my favorite author authors, Anthony Trollope, had a different perspective on spoilers:
But let the gentle-hearted reader be under no apprehension whatsoever. It is not destined that Eleanor shall marry Mr. Slope or Bertie Stanhope. And here perhaps it may be allowed to the novelist to explain his views on a very important point in the art of telling tales. . .
Our doctrine is that the author and the reader should move along together in full confidence with each other. Let the personages of the drama undergo ever so complete a comedy of errors among themselves, but let the spectator never mistake the Syracusan for the Ephesian; otherwise he is one of the dupes, and the part of a dupe is never dignified.
As for the two books mentioned, they are post-apocalyptic. Most people on earth have died, and then more die.
Another novel in that category, which I recently read, is Earth Abides
by George R. Stewart. It's less pessimistic than On the Beach
, but more than depressing enough.