January 18th, 2020

Book 8 - 2018

Book 8: The Road by Cormac McCarthy - 307 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
A searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece.

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 book pops up on every top 100 reading list going, so when I saw a copy for $2 at a book sale I go to regularly I picked up a copy. This is not my normal type of book; I'm not really a fan of the prose-type writing style, and I don't really seek out this style of literature (i.e. I don't like to be depressed by books). So I'm glad it was a quick read. I heard enough about the plot to sort of know what to expect, though I wasn't quite expecting it to be so readable (it only took me a couple of days to read it, and I read the last 100 pages in a single night - very unusual for me). I didn't exactly enjoy it, but I didn't not enjoy it either. It's sort of sad, and sort of hopeful, and sort of whimsical, and sort of melancholic. The fact that McCarthy never really explained why the world was in the state it was in annoyed me - I've heard it mentioned that this book is about a world post climate change, but I really struggled to see how climate change led to everything being burnt by fire. Anyway, it was a perfectly readable book, compelling enough to keep me going, but having read it, I'm still not entirely sure why its Pulitzer Prize winning.

8 / 50 books. 16% done!

2565 / 15000 pages. 17% done!

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