The Road

The Road

350540 “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy
Publisher’s Synopsis:A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. they have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food–and each other.
The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, “each the other’s world entire,” are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, The Road is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.

*****

4 out of 5 stars

This book is set in a postapocalyptic, dystopian world where everything is gone and every moment is a fight for survival. It’s an extremely dark story and has very mixed reviews among its readers – you either love it, or you hate it.

I loved it. We never find out the names of our two characters, father and son, but we don’t need to. They are all the other has and all that seem to be there in this stark and barren world. The writing is bleak and everything is shades of black or gray. Gray snow, gray water, gray air. No color, no light and virtually no hope.

This is a story of a father and his struggle to keep his son alive no matter the cost in a world where everything is set against them. They have virtually no food or water and are heading South in the hopes to survive the winter and perhaps find a band of survivors; the “Good Guys.” They are on watch continuously for the “Bad Guys”  – anyone who would take from them, kill them, or even eat them. We never learn what happened to create this world, and are only given small flashbacks of another life with the boy’s mother in it.

The writing style is bleak and very poetic. The dialog is a little difficult at first, but flows as naturally as the book does. McCarthy doesn’t use much in the way of punctuation in the dialog and occasionally we aren’t sure who is speaking. One of the lines in the book that I read and read again is, “The snow fell but did not fall.” I read that over and over, loving the poetry of it.

This is a terrifying and depressing book. There is no happy ending. This is also a book about hope and the undying love of a parent for a child and I really recommend it.

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