The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The RoadI just finished The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I am quite blown away by it. For a summary of the book check out Good Reads or Amazon. Basically, it is the story of a boy and his father in a post-apocalyptic world, walking along a highway to find a better, safer place.

The writing was stunning. It was so wonderfully succinct. I loved the relationship between the father and son. The Father’s love for his son was so beautiful and I loved it in contrast with the bleakness of the world. For me, that is what made this story. I wondered about what happened to the world at first, but after awhile it didn’t matter to me anymore. It doesn’t matter. I believe the story is this father and son’s relationship.

The book is bleak and there are some frightening and gory moments in it. I hesitated to read it while I was eating lunch sometimes.

It was recommended to me by a patron on a really dark, dreary day. I had just finished telling him about my step-dad. He saw the book on the shelf and came up to the reference desk and said, “you should read this. It’s the perfect book for a day like this. Sit down with a glass of wine and just enjoy the writing.” He explained that the story was kind of bleak but it was worth it. He was so right! I’m glad he recommended it. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and I look forward to reading more from Cormac McCarthy.

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