The Road Book Review

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

(this review contains spoilers)

It’s actually been a really long time since I’ve read a book by a male author. And this is the first one of Cormac McCarthy’s works that I’ve written and wow, was this book astounding. 

Very simply, this book follows the story of a father and son (who remains unnamed throughout) as they travel down to the coast in a hope to survive the post-apocalyptic wasteland. It’s very rare that I can read a book in one day without having to step away for breathing space, but I read this book is under 10 hours. I was completely hooked, I was so invested in these characters and the mystery that surrounded them and the situation, I completely adored it. 

On paper, this is not the kind of book I would usually read. It leaves you with a lot of questions and not a lot of answers, you don’t get much back story in terms of the characters and you get no context into how this apocalypse happened. But McCarthy somehow made none of that matter to me. The only thing I cared about was the ‘now’; how the apocalypse happened became irrelevant, and the fact you know so little about these characters is what I loved so much about this book. The man and the boy could’ve been anyone. 

In the reviews, many people had problems with the written style and his use of grammar, or lack thereof. This didn’t bother me at all, in fact I thought the way the book was written grammatically gave a huge insight into the man’s personality. It did take me a couple of ‘chapters’ (there aren’t any) to get used to it, though but for readers who like a lot of structure with their books, this maybe one that you struggle with. 

I might go as far to say that The Road has become one of my all time favourites. In fact, I will go as far to say that. I’m just completely in awe of how I became so invested in these strangers, and how heartbreaking their journey was. I just adored the boys compassion for people, even though this cruel world is all that he has ever known. 

This is the type of book where you know that the ending is going to be heartbreaking. There is no making it out of this book alive. I pretty much knew how this book was going to end in a sense, but that didn’t stop me from reading it and it didn’t stop me from crying. I can only hope and pray that the boy ended up with good guys who are carrying the fire, and not the more gruesome end that haunts the back of my mind. 

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