Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
This is the blurb from Fantastic Fiction:
A 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. They 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 wearting, 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, it 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.
This book really tears at your heartstrings. It's fast-paced and moves along quickly, but reading about what the world has turned into after devastation strikes is heart-wrenching. Even though the father and son aren't referred to by name throughout the entire story, you still felt as if you knew them. It was actually depressing, although it's an extremely well-written book. Reading what people will do just to be able to live to the next day breaks your heart and even shocks you. It's a story of survival and hope.
Disclosure: I borrowed this book as an ebook from the library for a reading group. All opinions are my own.