As I have mentioned before that I am in receipt of fairly regular quotations provided by In Pursuit of Copiousness then because of my inherent generosity I have decided to share them with you from time to time. Here is a superb extract from Cormac McCarthy's wonderful fable, The Road. As is his wont, McCarthy refuses to use inverted commas to indicate dialogue but what the hell, this book is a masterpiece. It tells the story of two survivors, a man and his young son, from some apocalyptic disaster which has struck earth and left virtually everything dead or dying. It sounds unpromising but I can tell you that it is terrific. The last clause in this quote is sublime:
The road was empty. Below in the little valley the still gray serpentine of a river. Motionless and precise. Along the shore a burden of dead reeds. Are you okay? he said. The boy nodded. Then they set out along the blacktop of the gunmetal light, shuffling through the ash, each the other's world entire.
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road (p. 6)