Monday, June 1, 2009

Review: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

I don't think I appreciated The Road until I finished it. The images of this dark journey haunted me for days afterward. It has been some time since I finished it, and I can still remember certain parts so vividly that my heart starts to beat faster. Any book that can make you feel anything with such intensity is a success.

The Road is a journey taken by a father and son across a post-apocalyptic landscape. The sun has been blocked out by ashen skies. There is little water to be found. There are only shadows left of the world as it once was. The reason for the destruction is unknown, but it has brought humans down to the lowest level of being -- and on the Road it is survival of the fittest. The father and son struggle with staying alive, while maintaining their humanity.

In 2007, The Road earned the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and easily became one of my favorite books.


Catherine said...

I read this book over a year ago, and I still vividly recall certain scenes. The best word you used in your description is "haunting", because it truly is a story that you won't forget and that will stay with you. I will not see the movie when it comes out this fall; not because I feel that the film won't match up to the story, but because my heart will break again.

Alison said...

Catherine, I'm with you on the movie. I don't know if I can stand my heart to break like that all over again. I might see it, simply so I can write a review on how it compares to the book, but movies rarely match up to my vision. And my vision is so pure, that I would hate to ruin it.

There are scenes in The Road that are burned into my mind as well. I have to wonder, though, if Cormac McCarthy is such a genius that my vision is similar to your vision.

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