The Road audio edition & textual differences

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  • 14 Feb 2017 at 11:05 am #8851

    wilsong
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    Listening to the unabridged audio edition of The Road published by Recorded Books, Inc. (ISBN: #9781428105515), I noted that in at least one passage, the text differed from that of the published printed version. In the printed version, when the Man enters the house from which he was shot with the bow and arrow, the flare has expired on the second floor. In the audio version, the Man smells smoke upon entering the house and finds the room in which the woman is holding the shooter on fire, with the flare still ablaze in the middle of the floor. Smoke is coming from beneath the coat with which the woman covers the shooter. When the Man goes back downstairs, the flare is burning through the floor into the room below.

    The differences between the versions, and the more detailed description of the scene in the audio edition suggest that its producers were working from an earlier draft, as it seems more likely that McCarthy pared down the language before publication of the print edition, rather than expanded the scene for the audio book. Does this difference occur in any of the galley or advance printings of The Road? Sorry if this topic has been previously discussed in this forum, I did not find it here.


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    14 Feb 2017 at 8:08 pm #8858

    wesmorgan
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    wilsong:

    I have a photocopy of what I believe is an advance reading copy (ARC) of The Road. The front matter states that it is a First Edition but no ISBN or other descriptive information is provided. On page 221 the paragraph in question reads as follows including the material I have put in bold type. Note the period after “stairs” is in bold. There is no bold type in the original.

    “He turned and went limping down the stairs. The hot magnesium had fallen through the ceiling and lay burning in a pool in the floor below. He [and] opened the front door and went out into the street backward watching the house. When he got to the cart he pulled it upright and piled their things back in. Stay close, he whispered. Stay close.”

    My First Edition hardback has the paragraph on page 223 and does not include the material in bold type and adds the conjunction [and] where indicated. My first printing paperback has the paragraph on page 265 and is the same as the hardback.

    Hope this helps.


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    15 Feb 2017 at 2:22 pm #8867

    wilsong
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    wesmorgan, yes, thanks, the passage you quote is identical to that appearing in the audio edition. Does the preceding passage also differ from the text in the hardcover in the way I described–upstairs room burning, flare ablaze in the floor, etc? If so, it appears the producers of the audio book were working from the advance reading copy or an earlier proof. It’s a nice glimpse into McCarthy’s editing process, paring down to the bone.


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    16 Feb 2017 at 7:53 pm #8868

    wesmorgan
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    wilsong:

    Yes, the earlier paragraph in my ARC is also different and contains additional details in two sentences.

    “The flare was burning in the floor with a rushing sound and the whole room was lit with a hard white light. The wall was already afire and the magnesium was burning its way through the floor” (p. 220).


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    18 Feb 2017 at 12:16 am #8869

    Glass
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    Interesting. Some nuclear allusions might be being made here. Nuclear meltdown/China syndrome. And the “hard white light” in the room recalls the false dawn in The Crossing when Billy unknowingly experiences the Trinity Test.


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    20 Feb 2017 at 7:31 am #8877

    Richard L.
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    Just a note. McCarthy scholar emeritus Edwin (Chip) Arnold read the pre-publication draft as did a scattered few of the rest of us here and called for a collection of the noted differences between the draft and the final publication copy. I presume his notes were either read in a paper or appeared in one of his many articles, but I do not recall any specifics in that regard.

    Rick Wallach has noted that from McCarthy’s notes and the early direction of the text, it appears as if a nuclear winter was the early heavy. The later published ambiguity fits with McCarthy’s greater arc, at least in my opinion. Especially after reading such works as THE SIXTH EXTINCTION and discovering the bit in Plato’s dialogues about the bulk of humanity being destroyed several times by natural occurrences with a small group of survivors hanging on each time.

    McCarthy loves his Plato and his Sophocles.


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