Saturday, 28 September 2013

Book Review: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Title: The Road
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: 2006 (2007)
Pages: 307
Format: Paperback
Genre: Literary Fiction / Dystopia
Source: Borrowed Copy

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A father and his young son walk alone through burned America, heading slowly for the coast. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. They have nothing but a pistol to defend themselves against the men who stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food--and each other. (Goodreads Synopsis)

My husband recently borrowed The Road from a colleague and loved it, insisting that I also read it.
I enjoyed the book, but perhaps not as much as he did and was surprised at the Pulitzer Prize.

Firstly, I should say that this is a very atmospheric novel: the short snippets of prose add to the suspense and uncertainty facing the man and the boy as they make their way along the road. The tension was well-maintained but at times I wanted a little more drama as the 'threats' all began to feel to similar after a while, making them lack impact later on in the piece.

My husband asked me to order the film for him and I am looking forward to seeing it as I think it will work well in a visual medium.

In conclusion: a book I'm glad I read, but not one I ever plan to reread.

Try this if you like dystopia and bleak narrative fiction.

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