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This review is from: The Road (Paperback)
The father-son partnership in this novel will be remembered as one of the greatest relationships in literature for a long time. It's based largely on dependency and trust but most of all love. I can't recall the words "I love you" even being spoken in the book. They don't need to be. It's implicit. The writing (I'm tempted to say prose) is beautifully poetic. It's stark and minimalist, seeming to say so much more than it actually does, largely because your imagination is fully on board from the first few pages. One of the most impressive aspects of the book is how realistic it is. The characters really seem to act and react as you can imagine you would in the same situations. The backstory is hardly explained at all and this is how it should be. Nothing matters but the here and now in the book. It's clear there's no real hope for future happiness and the struggle for day to day survival leaves little time for any nostalgia for bygone days. The climax to the book manages to be completely devastating and yet life-affirming at the same time. You'll feel like immediately hugging a loved one upon closing the book, once you've wiped the tears away, and the lump in your throat will stay with you for days. It's enough to make you see the world differently and there's no higher praise I can give it than that.
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Initial post: 9 Aug 2013 00:04:28 BDT
Toby Dammit says:
I couldn't agree more with your review. Just finished it tonight. Utterly shattering. I found the dialogue particularly heart-breaking. So simple, so realistic and yet wrenching to read. I am not a parent and I can only begin to imagine what a profound effect this book would have on anyone who was. In short, I think this is a jaw-dropping piece of literature.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Oct 2013 11:46:01 BDT
The first time I read it I too wasn't a parent but it still affected me deeply. By my second reading I had a 1 year old daughter and my wife was pregnant again, and my heart nearly broke every time I opened the book. Sparse and primal, but hopeful - if even just for the fact that art like this is still being created!
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