Cannibalism is the Great Fear, Richard. Such a strange thing to see written on a sidewalk in a country where English is not the native language.
I Googled it. What would you have done? Turns out there are quite a few people who have photographed this particular piece of street graffiti. The photos are all on flikr.
It's sort of a quote from a movie. "Sort of" in that the actual quote is "Cannibalism is the great fear." Which is not a quote in the book, "The Road," the Pulitzer Prize winning (2007) novel by Cormac McCarthy (and again, I wonder, how do I miss these things??). I know it is not a quote from the book, because as soon as I Googled it, I knew I had to read it. Which, I did. And it is brilliant. It is not the sort of thing that is going to necessarily make one think bright and happy thoughts (think post-apocalyptic dystopia, lots of cannibalism), but brilliantly written and incredibly thought provoking.
I am left, having finished it but a few hours ago, well pondering the meaning of life and at what point it no longer makes sense to go on.
The movie apparently stars Viggo Mortensen, and the phrase "Cannibalism is the great fear" seems to be part of the introduction where the character played by Val sets the state for why he and his son are on the move, scavenging food in a landscape devoid of plants, animals and sunlight. "Richard" is not part of the story, as none of the characters are given names.
Worth a read? Definitely, if you are the sort who finds dystopia engaging. The movie? I can't bear to see it. There's just no way.
Next: Possibly something about Easter, because, I am way on top of things as usual
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