Wednesday, September 07, 2011

A Book Review: The Road

Title: The Road
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Published: Picador, 2009

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.

Star parts:  I bought this book because it was recommended to me by three people. Two of them tried to tell me about the book without telling me too much, but explained that they had been profoundly moved by the book.

The story unfolds in a post apocalyptic world. I think one of the things that was so horrifying in the book is that it was all so plausible. Nothing rang false, the sights McCarthy described, the sounds, the smells, it just all seemed so plausible. The boy is experiencing a world lacking in innocence and it makes the readers heart bleed. All the boy and the father have is each other, they are each others hope, they are what makes it bearable to keep reading. 

The road is horrific while not being a horror book. It's a beautiful and tender love story between father and son. The descriptions are haunting and throughout it all there is the grey ash that covers everything. It is a moving book for many reasons, not just because I wept all through the final pages and had to go back and read it. The final paragraph is hauntingly beautiful, but after having read the book to me it was actually a chilling lesson.

Black clouds: It's not bedtime reading, which is unfortunately when I do the bulk of my reading. Still that's a personal gripe and thankfully a loooong drive to Italy provided me with all the time I needed to finish the book.  

 Do I recommend it: Totally, it will make your heart break and sing at the same time. 


Brenda Sills said...

I've heard of this book several times before but I've never heard anyone describe it so beautifully and in a way that makes me want to read it. Thanks!

I'm a fellow campaigner in the MG/YA category. I'm not in your group, but I wanted the fun of getting to know more writers. It's so great to meet you!

I really enjoyed reading about you in your A BIT MORE ABOUT ME tab. How awesome that you live in Paris! I love meeting people from other countries!

Michele Helene (Verilion) said...

HI Brenda, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad I've convinced you. I've seen on some forums that people either love it or hate it. I'm definitely on the love it side.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Michele,

This was a great review. I'm glad I popped by. I am a Campaigner from our group... It's nice to meet you. I was out of town all week so I am late in my introductions. I am looking forward to reading more of your work.

Michele Helene (Verilion) said...

Hi Michael, I had a quick look at your blog and it seems like you've just had a nice trip. Thank you for dropping by.


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