Title: The Road
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Published: September 26, 2006
Page Count: 256
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
My Rating: 4/5
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.
So, I’ve had The Road on my TBR pile for the longest time, but I’ve been putting it off because I honestly thought I wouldn’t like it. I’ve flipped through the book on numerous occasions, but the lack of punctuation, the lack of dialouge, and the format in general really put me off. And the story – I did not imagine that I could like a book about two people walking down a road… But I do like to read books that are getting huge amounts of buzz, and I’m always looking for audiobooks for my commute so when I saw this at the library on audio format I thought I would try it.
I am SO glad that I made that decision because I ended up enjoying this book much more than I ever would have imagined. It took me about half the first disc to begin to care about these characters (the man and the boy, who are not given names) , but once I did I was completely hooked. From the book description you’d think that “nothing happens” in The Road but to be completely honest with you, a LOT happens in this book. A lot more than I expected, that’s for sure. And I had to just keep listening to this one because I felt the pressing need to find out exactly what was going to happen as the man and boy continued on their walk down the road.
It’s been said before about this one, many times, but there’s something utterly beautiful about this novel. It has a lot to do with the mixing of complete destruction and devastation with this loving relationship between the father and son. It is clear that without each other to lean on and take care of, both father and son would have been dead long ago. Something about that fact, and the way there was so much love between the two of them despite the circumstances of the world around them, just made for a beautiful book.
I have to be honest about one thing, though. If I had read the book in regular format as opposed to audio, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it nearly as much. I have looked through the book many times and I really don’t believe I would be able to get past the lack of punctuation and the annoying format of the book. Many bloggers have complained about this, and for those of you who fall in this category, I HIGHLY recommend the audio version. Not only is the narration fantastic, but you don’t have to worry about the structure the same way you do with the regular book.
The Road is truly a wonderful novel. It is not an easy read but is well worth the effort that reading it may take.
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- Sarah at Behold, the Thing that Reads A Lot
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- Alicia at Confessions of a Bookaholic
- Care’s Online Book Club
- Sheri at A Novel Menagerie
- Laura at Reading Reflections
- Nymeth at things mean a lot
- Trish’s Reading Nook
- Raych at books i done read