the-road

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2007 and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2006. It was also adapted into a movie starring Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee as the Man and Boy, respectively. Oprah’s Book Club picked this book as one of its selections for 2007. McCarthy is also the author of other notable titles such as Blood Meridian, Suttree, The Border Trilogy and No Country for Old Men.

(Below is an excerpt of my book review for The Road which appears in full at Culturazzi Cognoscente Club. Click here for the rest of the review.)

Cormac McCarthy’s tale of a post-apocalyptic America opens on a road where a father and his son trudge along pushing a shopping trolley filled with their earthly belongings in a world all but destroyed, where the dying land is burnt black, forests defoliated and ashened, the sky perpetually gray. It is always cold, dark, damp and gloomy.  There is nothing beautiful about the rain falling in this story because it only adds to the prevailing sense of sorrow that weighs heavier and heavier as the story unravels.

But despite the foreboding about what lays ahead on the road … and what lurks behind, there is still light and hope in the strong affection and bond between father and son, or Man and Boy as they are simply called in the book. One being the other’s sole reason to fight and continue living, or as McCarthy wrote it – each the other’s world entire. The boy has no mother. She saw no hope in living after the cataclysmic event and chose to commit suicide. It is hard not to be touched by the love the father has for the son; how he wills himself to survive for the son, and how the son gives him hope that maybe the next day will be different.

(Click here for the rest of the review)

Verdict : 4.5 out of 5

What’s Good: A profound story of survival against all odds and the enduring bond between father and child. Not a thick novel, that is easy to read but too fast to finish. Believe me, you’ll be torn between wanting to know what’s on the next page and not wanting to finish it so soon.

What’s Not Good: Not long enough, basically. I can’t think of anything else that’s not to like about this one.

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