New territory for McCarthy: a post apocalyptic landscape where readers meet a man who recalls a better world and a boy who doesn’t. With all the trademarks of vintage McCarthy—a man and his young son, a blasted American landscape, sparse prose that is at once brutal and tender—The Road further cements McCarthy’s stature as one of America’s greatest living novelists.
Very disappointed. The author uses the "same" words throughout the entire book. Extremely repetitious.
The best thing about The Road is that it never goes into the politics or the history of the event that has put the father and son on the road. The reader experiences what they experience and understands their mindsets. Their is no omniscent point of view. When the reader stops expecting more imformation to come and understands that the lack of information is precisely what enables the verisimilitude, the story becomes truly meaningful.
Wow! I could not put this book down and actually finished it over one weekend. From the very beginning of the book, the reader is drawn in through McCarthy's descriptions of a father and son traveling alone and hiding from an unknown enemy. As the story progresses, more details about their past and the atrocities of their current world unfold -- the death squads that search for victims, the 'bad guys' that eat innocent children, and the bleak, gray stillness of a sunless existence. As another reviewer commented, there is no political tone to this story. It does not matter how the apocalypse happened. The only thing that matters is this father and son, fighting through the ash, and trying to find others like them. The good guys. I would highly recommend this novel!
An aching existential loneliness pervades this book, even more intensely than All The Pretty Horses. As the narrator nears the end of his life, he examines what mark he has made on the world, and what kind of world he is leaving for his son. Can there be redemption for any person when the whole human race appears to be both ****ed and doomed?
The Road was frightening, haunting and beautiful. Initially, the end was felt to be anticlamatic. but then you just get it!