TITLE: The Road
AUTHOR: Cormac McCarthy
PUBLISHED: September 26th 2006
GENRE: Dystopia, Post-apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Horror, Contemporary and Classic.
A father and his son walk alone through burned post-apocalyptic America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.
I enjoyed this novel but there was something missing from it that just made me emotionless towards the two main characters and their fate. The lackluster dialogue was a bit hard for me to comprehend. I can understand little talk at this time (when things look so utterly bleak there isn’t much to say) but the one-liners really got to me after a while. I think I would have relished my time being with someone in my final days. I wouldn’t have long conversations but I’d hope they would be more meaningful then just the simple ‘yes’ ‘no’ ‘okay okay’ that this novel had repeatedly.
I was also expecting something else from the ending. Nothing grand or completely optimistic…just different. Again it felt a little lackluster to me. And a bit too convenient. I would have been more content if the book just ended with them still struggling and keeping on and nothing else really happening. Although I think that would have pissed off a lot of people haha. I did enjoy the writing of the last paragraph, it kept things very mysterious but other than that I liked it but it wasn’t a favourite. I understand why it would be considered a classic, it has very Hemingway. Some reviews said people cried at the end but I literally felt nothing so I wouldn’t take my review to heart and try reading it yourself!