Saturday, July 12, 2008

Air of The Road

This week I read The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. I've never read a book that I would describe as "heartbreaking" before, but I think it fits this book. It's the story of a man and his son as they try to survive in a world that has been devastated by an unnamed disaster.

The land described in the book is without any living trees or vegetation, and the same is implied of the seas (and also implied of all life, in fact, save for some humans who struggle to hold on and keep going). It is never explained if the entire world has been destroyed, but, again, it is implied.

It made me wonder: if all plant life on Earth died, how long would the existing oxygen last?

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