sábado, outubro 07, 2006
But that luck is providential, for "The Road," in addition to being a nonpareil vision of an apocalyptic landscape, is also a messianic parable, with man and boy walking prophetically by rivers, in caves, on mountaintops and across the wilderness in the spiritual spoor of biblical prophets - Isaiah, Elijah, Elisha, John the Baptist, to name a few. Elijah, herald of the Messiah, who will return on the Day of Judgment, turns up as a destitute straggler who looks like "a pile of rags fallen off a cart," and the boy insists on feeding him. He says his name is "Ely." In one of the longest conversations in the novel the father talks to Ely about being the last man on earth and says that nobody would know it.
"It wouldnt make any difference," Ely says. "When you die it´s the same as if everybody else did too."
"I guess God would know it. Is that it?" the man asks.
"There is no God," Ely says.
"There is no God and we are his prophets."
When the man suggests the boy is a god, Ely says: "Where men cant live gods fare no better. You´ll see. It´s better to be alone. So I hope that´s not true what you said because to be on the road with the last god would be a terrible thing. ... Things will be better when everybody´s gone." As a kicker to his doomsaying he adds that even death will die. "He´ll be out in the road there with nothing to do and nobody to do it to. He´ll say: Where did everybody go?"
"But who will find him if he?s lost? Who will find the little boy?"
"Goodness will find the little boy. It always has. It will again."
posted by Luís Miguel Dias sábado, outubro 07, 2006