A man and his young son make the journey down a long and dangerous road in attempts of finding civilization after a major apocalyptic event that leaves the world ashen and unknown.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy is the first book read for my new book club, and I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. There were times when the scenes felt repetitive, but it was an incredibly fast read. Anyone familiar with McCarthy’s writing style is aware of his stance on grammar. The conversations weren’t too difficult to keep up with, although a few of them I did have to reread.
What I enjoyed most about the book was the relationship between the father and his son during the journey. I took the son to be the symbol of hope and optimism in this book. His innocence and genuine compassion for human life is the little bit of light in this otherwise dark world. The scenes are very desolate and as much as I wonder what caused the world to end up in such a way with cannibals roaming the streets, I like not knowing. This book is about the relationship between the father and the son and their self-discovery.
I would definitely recommend this book to guys. I think its one I can shove in a teen’s face at the library and say “read.” It makes you question your own instincts, how you view the world and how you view the people in your world.The Road by Cormac McCarthy Knopf, 2006 ISBN 0307265439 256 pages