Published by Random House LLC on 2007-03-20
Genres: Dystopian, Fiction, Literary
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NATIONAL BESTSELLERPULITZER PRIZE WINNER National Book Critic's Circle Award FinalistA New York Times Notable BookOne of the Best Books of the YearThe Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Denver Post, The Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York, People, Rocky Mountain News, Time, The Village Voice, The Washington PostThe searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece.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,
The Road by Cormac McCarthy is a post apocalyptic story. Basically, the plot of The Road revolves around a man and his son walking down a road in hopes of survival and finding regular old civilization.
The writing style of Cormac McCarthy is sparse and stark. At first, McCarthy’s random punctuation drove me nuts. I even had to set The Road aside for a few days because I just could not get into it. Eventually, I forced myself to take some time to truly get into this book. I got over my qualms with the punctuation, and wound up reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy very quickly.
To be quite honest, The Road disturbed me. Very dark themes are dealt with in The Road, one scene in particular (involving red scarfs for those who have already read this book) really, really, really bothered me. I get that post-apocalyptic novels aren’t happy books, that doesn’t change the fact that they disturb and scare me. What can I say? I am a social person, I don’t think I could handle being all alone in the world with just my kid, but then again, I’m not a huge fan of young children. For a post-apocalyptic book, The Road was alright, the writing style was definitely unique, but I still by far prefer The Stand by Stephen King, which again also disturbed me, but I felt more empathy for the characters of The Stand. I know, I know, The Road is more literary, it’s supposed to be higher quality, but I can’t help my preferences.