The Road – Review

The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Finished reading by 24 January 2014


“The Road” is a post-apocalyptic novel by Cormac McCarthy — the tale of a journey taken by a father and his young son over a period of several months, across a landscape blasted by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed all civilization and, apparently, most life on earth.




Just finished reading The Road. (Spoilers ahead) Truly a depressing one. So scary and bleak it is! Wonderful narratives. The way McCarthy has painted her post apocalyptic world for us is admirable. Reading the book is like adoring a sad and painful painting. It was a beautiful tale about surviving and getting on with life from an unknown catastrophe without even a ray of hope. The way ‘He’ keeps going back on his memory lake to pick and associate precious bits of memories with the present greyish world is a nice contrast.

Oh man, Despite the beauty of the book, I hated the theme. My god, I can never imagine a world like McCarthy’s. The unimaginable things of the book, really got me to put down the book for a while and take a break. Every civilization has to end one day and the end may not be easy. In such a spot, he decided to take the road carrying his little son,limited amenities and with a abundant supply of hope, hope of fining the old world, hope of finding goodness, hope of finding our green earth. I was crestfallen when he found the Ocean as a greyish smelling iodine. A choice of life and death is so painfully externalized in this book, that at some point I was genuinely stretching towards the later.

Would go for a 4.5 for this book.Mind you, its depressing one, sure to give you a literary satisfaction but may drain you out emotionally.



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