The Road by Cormac McCarthy

About the book:

A father and his son walk alone through burned America, heading through the ravaged landscape to the coast. This is the profoundly moving story of their journey. The Road boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which two people, ‘each the other’s world entire’, are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.



My thoughts:

Bleak. That’s the only word I wrote when I tried to make notes for myself. Many people have lauded McCarthy’s novel as a literary masterpiece. I’m not sure how I can begin to describe it.

I am not one for literary books, as in the super heavy verbose books that garner high praise from readers and intellectuals alike. They aren’t my style, so in picking up The Road, I genuinely don’t know what I was expecting.

The Road takes place in an assumed post-apocalyptic America, where the land is razed and little has survived. It follows a father and son on their journey to reach the coast. It is a harrowing read, yet compulsive because I couldn’t put it down.

It explores many different facets of human life; the desire to survive, to keep going, the love between the father and son who have nothing left in the world but each other, loss, emptiness. There is so much going on in this book, it’s very difficult to come up for air.

While I didn’t love The Road, it kept me turning the pages and I wanted to know what was going to happen. It is hard going, it is tough to read sometimes, it is so very bleak but I would still recommend it!

Have you read it? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below πŸ˜ŠπŸ“–

17 thoughts on “The Road by Cormac McCarthy

  1. I loved The Road. But then, if I can describe a book as bleak, it usually means I really enjoyed it. I’m not sure what that says about me… πŸ€”

  2. I love the writing style – it’s perfect for the book. Beauty even in an ugly world. But it is a grinding novel, wearing you down as much as Man and Boy. I loved it even though it made me despair. The only two things I was less keen on were the ending, which felt a bit deus ex machina, and Cormac’s refusal to use apostrophes for some words, while using them for others – it kept annoying me and pulling me out of the story.

  3. I know The Road isn’t the most ‘upbeat’ book – but I still loved it! I think it’s really powerful that an author can paint such a vivid picture in your head – and make you feel emotions you might not have even felt before.

    I haven’t re-read The Road since it was first released, but I think it really set the tone for many similar books that have been released since then – especially in The Wolf Road (which I’m reading now).

  4. Cormac McCarthy can be a tough read. I’d enjoyed his Border Trilogy and No Country for Old Men but this one… not so much. I think it’s case that it was lauded upon release and cherished by those who like to be seen to read a certain kind of book simply based on his former work and new-found status.

  5. This is one of those I know the name but not the subject matter. I know it’s bleak but I do like the sound of it. I will now be reading (at some point!)

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