The Road – Cormac McCarthy

Jan 12

This book by Cormac McCarthy (the author of No Country for Old Men) captivated me on page one and held my interest steady through the end.  I will not say this is an uplifting book.  This is the story of a father and son trying to survive in a post apocalyptic world.  There are no chapters (this really drives the reader to feel the endlessness of the road) and no character names.  (The father and son are simply “man” and “boy”.)  They have a beautiful relationship..their entire existence is each other, safety, and survival.  Mostly they are just looking for food.  (I related to this as I am always dreaming about that next great sandwich.)  A few times I was reminded of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and the hopelessness of the road and the uncertainty of the journey’s outcome.  That book almost killed me.  Mr. McCarthy’s book was a fascinating read, different from anything I have read in a long time.  I don’t think I’ll watch the movie; too heartbreaking.

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