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Monday, July 13, 2009

The Road by Cormac McCarthy~★★★

Author: Cormac McCarthy
Title: The Road
Release Date: March 28th, 2007
Publisher: Vintage Books
Genre: Fiction

Book Cover: "A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just 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.
The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey . It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, The Road 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."

Taryn's Review: I think this book is more appealing to men to women. My husband first came across this book and raved about it, urging me to read it. At Christmas that year he gave out many copies to his friends and male family members, all of whom read and raved about the book after they had read it.

I can understand why they like it, but I personally wasn't enthralled in the book. It's dark, it's bleak, it's sad, and that just isn't something that I enjoy reading very often. It kept my attention and I wanted to know what happened, I was disappointed with the ending.

My biggest complaint with the book was that on three separate occasions, the father and his son were on the verge of starving to death when they came across treasure troves of food. Three different times this happened. The sort of luck in a book seemed unbelievable to me. The plot suggested that the world was a horrible place to be: buildings have been ravaged for food and supplies, some humans have turned to cannibalism for food, and yet man and his son are able to find an abundance of food each time they came close to starving. Hmm.

If you like post-apocalyptic books, this one would be right for you. For me, I'm glad to have read it, but it's most something I wouldn't pick up again.

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