The Road – Cormac McCarthy

The Road - Cormac McCarthy

by admin on October 14, 2009

With the upcoming November 25th release of the movie version of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road I thought I would post a review of the book. I read The Road back when it first came out in 2006 and it was one of the most touching and simultaneously disturbing books I have ever read. It was one of those books that you just didn’t want to end as you developed a relationship with the two main characters – the unnamed father and his son.

Cormac McCarthy won a Pulitzer Prize for The Road and when you read it you will understand why. As the father and son walk through a barren American landscape to try and reach a warmer climate you, the reader, learn more of how America came to look like this and how the two got into this predicament. The boy’s mother (the man’s wife) killed herself rather than face the nightmare of living in a world short on food, ammunition, and sunlight.

Interestingly enough, the heart of The Road is really a love story. This isn’t just a story about man versus the elements or man versus the cannibalistic marauders in a post-apocalyptic world. It is about the love of the unnamed father for his son and the son’s reciprocated love for his father. This love the two have for each other and their isolated struggle against, basically, what’s left of the world simply draws you in.

If you have never read McCarthy, be forewarned. His lack of punctuation sometimes makes it difficult to follow dialog, but once you get past that you will see how beautiful his sparse prose crafts such a sad tale. The Road is one of those books that sticks with you forever. Even now, three years after I read it – I can recall in vivid detail much of the novel.

The movie looks just as grim and dark as the book. Here’s a brief preview that mistakenly lists October 16th as the release date:

Here’s a link to more information on the The Road movie. Based upon early reviews it looks to be as riveting as the book.

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