The Road by Cormac McCarthy: a Book Review by Jon J. Cardwell
“You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget.” —p.11, Location 113, The Road, Kindle Edition
My friend, P. K. Vandcast wrote this in a GoodReads review about THE ROAD: “For a fledgling writer like me to write a review or comment upon Cormac McCarthy’s The Road would be akin to the Mona Lisa receiving a critique from a house painter.”
Personally, I feel as pedestrian as Vandcast in this regard. For crying out loud, McCarthy won a Pulitzer Prize for this book!
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, is more than a mere apocalyptic tale. It is a dark, mystical and rhythmic journey into the depth of the soul. This is the story of a father and son, nameless travelers who have set out on a journey with life as its goal and survival as its destination.
If you think the end of the world is depressing, read The Road and you’ll know what bleak truly is. McCarthy’s telling of this tale is dark and emotional. The book is void of regular reading etiquette and normal punctuation. Except for the periods at the end of sentences, the punctuationless tome serves to aid the reader in processing the dreary reality. The vacant landscape. Removal of all the conventional norms. The rules…. GONE….
Hollywood loves McCarthy’s work. All the Pretty Horses and No Country for Old Men have been adapted to film.
This work stands as a masterpiece of literature. McCarthy received a Pulitzer Prize for this book. And rightly so.
The Road Recommendation
Certainly, this book isn’t for everyone. The reader looking for a superficial romp in a fictitious tome will not like this book. The booklover desiring a casual, winsome read will put this down after a few paragraphs.
Don’t shun this book just because it’s a “post-apocalyptic” tale. The Road has an apocalyptic backdrop, however it is not a horror novel. Neither is it science fiction. It would be like calling The Caine Mutiny a war story or calling Little Big Man a mere western.
If you’re ready for a book that will both engage your mind and move your spirit, this book may just be the read for you.
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