From the beginning we are aware that something major happened and the man and the boy are escaping from something. The Road was scary and at the same time gripping and as I read, I rushed to finish so as to see what eventually happened. I have mixed feelings about this book. While it was short, sweet and captivating, I also felt the plot and writing was monotonous, having two people walking in an unknown direction.
The Road is about a father and a son struggling in what seems to be a post-apocalyptic world. Sometimes the dialogue between the father and the son seemed realistic while again it didn’t seem so. It seemed realistic because of the love between them, their love was genuine and it went to the extent of violence.
Here is an excerpt from the book that explains this:
“You wanted to know what the bad guys looked like. Now you know. It may happen again. My job is to take care of you. I was appointed to do that by God. I will kill anyone who touches you. Do you understand?”
And then again the story line makes me ask so many questions that to me makes it unrealistic. I struggled to understand why the world is the way it is. I never really know why they are headed wherever they are going and there is lack of detail. As I rushed to the get the details in the end I never got any answers.
About the book
A searing, post-apocalyptic 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.