The Road Paperback – 14 Dec 2009
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The first great masterpiece of the globally warmed generation. Here is an American classic which, at a stroke, makes McCarthy a contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature . . . An absolutely wonderful book that people will be reading for generations. (Andrew O’Hagan)
A work of such terrible beauty that you will struggle to look away. (Tom Gatti The Times)
So good that it will devour you, in parts. It is incandescent. (Niall Griffiths Daily Telegraph)
You will read on, absolutely convinced, thrilled, mesmerised. All the modern novel can do is done here. (Alan Warner Guardian)
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We know that the event was some time in the past and humanity has been devastated as we follow our two main characters throughout this story. Making their way south as winter sets in so not only do they have to find food and water to keep going on, along with other supplies, but also avoid other people, some of which do pop up in the tale. With people being killed so that they can be eaten, as well as so others can gain their supplies, this is definitely a dog eat dog world.
How will the father and son cope, and will they get to a warmer clime? As we read of their journey we can also read about their dreams and memories, and we see how two people travelling together have eventually only a minimum of verbal contact as everything has already been said before.
Cormac McCarthy with his stark prose has created something here that is certainly unforgettable and holds the reader gripped to the page. Beautifully told and imagined this is something that has a haunting elegance to it.
The environment this book creates is fantastic. The bleakness if the world literally coming off the pages and it's easy to find yourself there. It's also easy to get drawn into the depression of it all and the hopeless situation encountered by the characters rubs off on the reader. It's tough going sometimes, but it's not without a sense of hope. The relationship between man and boy is amazingly done and considering the lack of any other characters ( apart from a few brief meetings ) it's credit to the writer to keep the whole thing interesting.
It's a fantastic journey through a bleak well imagined world. Although maybe not the happiest of tales it's a fascinating insight into a fathers love and determination to do whatever it takes to give his child some kind of life no matter how poverished. I will definitely seek out other titles by the author.
Even though I sympathised with 'The Man' and engaged with what he must be agonising over every moment, it is certainly 'the boy' that is the barometer for mood, level of hope and the continuance of human spirit as humanity moves forward in the unwritten future after the book finishes.
I wholeheartedly recommend this novel on many levels - engagement with character, fear of what may happen at any moment, evocation of hopelessness, simplicity of style.
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