The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Maybe the grimmest book I’ve ever read, but not without hope, although as the book went on I just couldn’t see where that hope was going to come from.  Set in post apocalyptic America this book is the story of a father and his son walking to the coast, where the father hopes there will be a future for them. The unrelenting cold, the starvation, scavenging for food, the frightening prospect of vigilantes and equally desperate people they meet is just horrific.  What saves this book from abject misery is the fabulous writing and the great structure.  I loved the sparseness of the language and the limited conversation.  Brilliant.  I’ll be reading more of Cormac McCarthy very soon.

Below the trailer for the audio book.  The movie trailer is also on You Tube.

Below is some of the wikipedia entry for this fabulous book.

The Road is a 2006 novel by American writer Cormac McCarthy. It is a post-apocalyptic tale of a journey taken by a father and his young son over a period of several months, across a landscape blasted by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed all civilization and, apparently, most life on earth. The novel was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction in 2006.

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2 comments

  1. I love this book. Grim yes and not much hope, but doesn’t it really try to say it how it could be. No gloss just raw. I read “Children of the Dust” about six months later and felt that “The Road” would be a natural progression for older teens.

    I have a group of book titles that I have been collecting in my head along Post-apocalyptic lines:

    “The Giver”
    “Children of the Dust”
    “Fahrenheit 451”

    I know there are more just can’t think of them at the moment.

  2. I read this these holidays having somehow missed it before. Found it totally engrossing. And, at the risk of double negatives, not without hope…

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