The Road [Paperback]
- Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date:
- 01 May 2009
- Modern & Contemporary
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I wanted to not like this story but liked it anyway. At some points it seemed like the author attempted to use as many rarely used words as he could. Most of the time they flow in the story, but occasionally you'll stop and think "what??"It is not an action packed thriller. It's a LOT of the same thing, day after day, chapter after chapter, but that's the point of the story. Don't get it if you're expecting exciting tension packed explosions of prose - that simply ain't in here. The story is bleak and hopeless. There is nothing "feel good" about it so if you're prone to depression, stay away from this. The boy in the story sometimes made me want to throttle him ("shut up already, kid") but then I realized this meant that the story had truly captured me... And that's why this story is worth paying for: you'll get caught up in it, bleakness and all, and will keep reading in the hope that the "good" will be found.Is it found in the end? You'll have to read it to find out.
The unusual writing style was a little off-putting at first, but I quickly got used to it. This is an absolute classic of post-apocalyptic fiction. Up there with I Am Legend for me. Extremely bleak, but at the same time offering you a beleaguered glimpse of hope.
Artfully written and terribly sad.
Exploring a father's love for his son in a world collapsed around them. Possibly McCarthy's best work
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