I wish someone had told me

that The Road by Cormac McCarthy is the unholy union of The Stand by Stephen King, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainance by Robert M. Pirsig and Hunger by Knut Hamsun.

Except I think that King does post-apocalyptic ghoulishness better and more scary, Pirsig does father/son road trip better and more philosophical, and Hamsun does starvation better and more funny.

You can probably see from this how I practically failed English Lit. as an undergrad.

    Do I have to finish the book, Papa?
    Yes son, yes you do.
    I'm scared Papa.
    Dont be son, The Stand by Stephen King is hella scarier.