When I read Cormack McCarthy's The Road, I was shocked with the lack of punctuation. After a while, though, it seemed to make sense. The feeling of the story, the setting--life had been stripped bare, and so he stripped his writing to the most minimal as well. (Or at least that's how I took it) But then in a book I just read called Breath by Tim Winton, he does almost the same thing--minimal commas, no quotations marks. This writing style also fits this particular story. However, I'm beginning to wonder if it's all just a bit gimmicky. I mean, shouldn't your prose be sufficient to give the minimalist sense rather than mucking with the technical aspects of written communication? Shouldn't your literary devices be confined to your words? While the minimal punctuation fit the 2 stories, it did get a little tiresome after a while trying to make sure I understood dialogue versus inner monologue, and who exactly was speaking.