Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Wednesdays are the days that Elliot goes to his grandma's house for the day, and I usually spend my freetime catching up on housework or laundry, but today was different. Today, I had The Road by Cormac McCarthy to keep me company. I stayed in bed all morning reading this haunting yet beautiful book. I could have wept, but I didn't. I almost couldn't. Here's what the front flap has to say:

A father and his young son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing but 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.

I couldn't believe this heartbreaking world, set in a time after an unexplained catastrophe. With many forced to abandon their humanity to survive in this new world, a father and son try to get by and be 'the good guys'. Amongst all hopelessness and the surrounding devastation, this father and son cling to each other and their love for one another keeps them alive. Honestly, I can't recommend this book enough. Though incredibly disturbing in parts, this book had me gripped from the very first page.


  1. Wow you have been a book reading machine lately...So proud of you

  2. I'm reading this book soon for the Dystopian Challenge. Hope it's not too disturbing as I know Cormac McCarthy can be. Anyway, I looked at your Blogger profile and I love Edward Scissorhands, Say Anything, and Sarah McLachlan, too. Just wanted to say hello!

  3. I don't know when or how, but I MUST fit this book in to read this year! Thanks for the review. I think I've only heard one person say they couldn't get through it.

  4. I finished it this morning. All I can say right now is WOW!


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