Review The Road 

Review  theroad The Road by Cormac McCarthy

I enjoyed this as an enthralling read;  I was captivated and held spellbound to the very last word.

First, spoilers anyone?    Some books are better the less you know.   I know I have liked better many a book that I had zero inkling what was going to happen.  I prefer it.   I am not one to read the end first.    AND, if you know anything already about this book, it’s probably that it is about a man and a boy who travel on a road trying to survive after some catastrophic event on the planet.      The author doesn’t tell you more than that, either. So, my point is, I don’t think anything I write here will give anything away.

Second, let’s discuss the idea of liking books that have dark subject matter.  This could actually be debated as a hopeful book, one of love and devotion.    However, the scenery and situation these humans must deal with for the entire story – start to finish – can only be described as bleak.    Hunger, horrible air quality, wet and cold.   Lack of food, lack of shelter, threat of violence at every turn.   No sunlight!  No birds chirping in the trees…

Yet, the devotion and love between father and son is fiercely remarkable and carries this book along in a very touching way.    You couldn’t call this book sentimental but I certainly am in wanting to tell you about it!

I won this book from Blake as part of the Lit Flick Challenge.    I had been wanting to read this so I was quite excited to win.  [My second McCarthy book;  I read No Country For Old Men (I ‘enjoyed’ this, too.   It’s another with scary horrible subject matter, though.)]     I took it along on my Thanksgiving Trip back home and one big reason was that I assumed that such a sad story would remind me of all we have to be grateful for.   I was not wrong.    I am spoiled and only need to walk to the fridge to find a heavenly bounty of food.    My dilemma is often what to eat NOW – so many choices!   and yet some people have to hunt and scrape and hope and pray to find even a rotten apple.     I have the basic needs covered.    The characters in The Road do not.

Four stars.   Cormac McCarthy can tell a story.    I may not ‘like’ the story and the situations described, but I have to respect his talent for how he tells it.

I have a ton of vocabulary words, too…    I think I’ll do that later.

11 thoughts on “Review The Road 

  1. Excellent review. I found it hard to express the beauty I found in the story as well. You can’t really explain it, you just have to read it for yourself. Well done.


  2. –> Some books are better the less you know.

    Totally true in this case. Better to just dive in and experience The Road, right?

    This is one of my favorite reads this year. It’s dark and dreary and yet hopeful at the same time. Lovely for new readers to discover its beauty too.


  3. Hey now…there’s nothing wrong with reading the end first. I find it just enhances the reading experience. 😉

    I know! I was thinking of you when I wrote that. IN FACT, I was wondering if you read the end of this first!

    I started this book many moons ago…I don’t think I made it past the first chapter. I think it’s still around here somewhere…

    So? Did you not read the end first? I so cried at the ending…

  4. I couldn’t stop thinking about this book for days after I finished it. It’s one of my favourite reads of the year as well.

    One of my faves, too.

  5. This was such an excellent book. After page 5, I thought, “Oh, I’m not going to like this,” but by page 25 I was completely hooked and stayed up most of the night reading. I’m a little apprehensive about the movie – they always seem to mess up films based on books.

    I know! After a few pages in, I was wondering how a movie would/could capture what I was taking in. We’ll see…

  6. This book wasn’t in my want list before, but now it is! I liked your review, and hope that I’ll enjoy it as much.

    BTW, I received your Christmas postcard today, thanks!

    oh goodie! I mailed one from Nebraska and Kansas City, too. I think only 3 total… now my memory is failing me. But I think that’s right. enjoy!

  7. I have this book, I left it after 10 pages coz it was depressing and i was not in a mood for depressing at that point. But i will get back to it…someday.

    I get it. I have quite a few books in my ‘get back to… someday’ pile myself.

  8. I loved this book. It’s still one of my favorites and I am curious about how the movie will play out.

    It was dark but even with all the bleakness…I still managed to see hope. It was buried in there somewhere I swear! Plus, it was beautifully written and so “visual”.

    I agree with you on finding the hope. Isn’t there a quote about hope burning brightest when in the bleakest of places?

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