Have you read 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy? I read it, then later saw the film, which is very well done, and captures the awful feeling of hopelessness in the book. I heard it discussed on radio 4 recently, in 'A Good Read'-a programme where three guests choose a book which their fellow guests read, and then they all discuss-a book club on radio really. I always enjoy listening and quite often buy a book because of it. The latest is 'Flowers for Algernon' which is still in my to read pile.
I listened to it on the way home-and called in at the shops-but had to stay in the car until it was finished. As far as I remember, none of the guests talked about the main thing that has stayed with me from this book-the fact that there is no sunlight. Day and night still happen, but day is a grey dreary thing. The absence of sunlight means the absence of plants as they cannot photosynthesise. The trees are cracking, dead and falling. The man and the boy still retain a kind of hope as they head for the coast but really there is none. I read it some time ago. I gave it to a charity shop as it depressed me too much. But now I wish I hadn't as I think about it a lot. It makes me appreciate the light. The plants and birds. It makes me grateful for what I have got now and aware that it is all very fragile. All green campaigners should make all sceptics and everyone else read it.
They look like cardboard models don't they?
So perfectly box like and lined up like a miniature scene.