The Road by Cormac McCarthy



Since this book won the Pulitzer and has been made into a movie, it is likely that most people are already familiar with it. However, I was a little late to the game on this one. The Road is a post-apocalyptic story of a father and son trying to survive. They try to beat winter by heading south while attempting to do so without being noticed by others, some of whom have turned to cannibalism to survive. It's bleak.

The manner and style of writing is unique as there are no chapter delineations, no quotation marks, no character names, and infrequent apostrophes. In that way, the style of writing mirrors the unfolding of the story -- going and going with few interruptions, going south, getting to the end, stunted conversation. Just survive. Get through. Simplify things.

I found that I moved quickly through the book, which is the opposite of what happens when the chapters are long. Instead, this had no chapters but frequent spaces or gaps in the text, which made it seem OK to stop reading anywhere. This is a freedom I don't usually afford myself.

The relationship between father and son is touching, especially as a parent. However, being a parent likely made this book a little more difficult to swallow because of the hard truth of the dire situation the characters faced.

In case anyone is keeping track:
-I borrowed this book
-This book was recommended to me

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