“You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget.” —p.11, Location 113, 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. Even McCarthy’s telling of this tale, void of regular reading etiquette and normal punctuation (save the periods at the end of sentences), serves to aid the reader in processing the dreary reality, the vacant landscape, the removal of all the conventional norms and rules…. GONE….
No doubt, many more Americans are familiar with McCarthy’s work from the big screen, viz., All the Pretty Horses and No Country for Old Men, yet, this book stands as a masterpiece of literature and deserving of the Pulitzer Prize it has already received.
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. Calling it a horror or science fiction just because of its post-apocalyptic backdrop 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, The Road may just be the read for you.
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