Book Review – The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Plot Outline : A father and his son walk alone through burned 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.

The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, “each the other’s world entire,” are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.

This is a powerful story of love between a father and a son, the fight for survival and humanity. In it’s ingenious simplicity, the story shows us the father’s struggle with the complexities of life choices he has to constantly make during their arduous journey. A wonderfully written book with just the right amount of prose to make this a poetic masterpiece.

Cormac McCarthy won the Pulitzer Prize For Fiction for this book and now the movie is in the making. Starring Viggo Mortensen as the father and Kodi Smit-McPhee as the son.

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