This book was so difficult to listen to, so gloomy, so depressing, so stressful, that it took me ten months to finish listening to it. Still, it was well worth it.
Given the hype, I waited for a payoff that never came with this book. I have rolled over in my head what the author was trying to convey many times but never settled on anything that allowed me to redeem this book. I got the book on the trial membership. If I had payed any real amount of money for it, I would have been sad. If you must read this book, borrow it from a friend.
I would not recommend this book on audio to anyone. I cound't even struggle through it before our book club meeting. Only 1/2 of the club finished the book.
Despite my better judgment after reading the reviews I purchased this book. Although it was aweful, I could not stop listening. I kept waiting for something to happen; good or bad. However, it was the same thing over and over. Father and son trying to find food and shelter in some post-apocalypical time. We never learn what happened. and the story just drops off without any sort of climax. The father-son dialogue gets somehwat irratating with the same repetivie colloquy.
I wish I had listened to a sample playing of this beforehand, because I feel like I could possibly have avoided wasting 6 hours of my life. Maybe its a book for book-writers, or for people who think they really get literature, but I have never read anything as empty as this book. It has barely any background, barely any narrative, most of the book is spent describing a desolate wasteland and how "the man" (names are for amateur writers!) is worrying about his son or about how he wants to die. This book is incredibly, and I think unnecessarily, depressing and morose. I think the dialogue between "the man" and "the boy" was stiff, and unrealistic. I mean, I guess I can't be sure how I would communicate while wandering through a wasteland, but it still seems like they had an artificial, almost stoic, relationship. Basically I hated it, and had to tell someone.
I was so excited for this to be a great book, it's best selling, reviewed well, and has a compelling hook of a story. But I just felt bored, bored, bored. I got so sick of the "boy" saying he was scared and asking if they were gonna die, I mean that was pretty much the extent of the dialouge. Also, the narrator had this drawl, a very slow way of talking, that just added to my boredom. I wouldn't say this was a bad book, just, you guessed it, boring.
In the style of Hemingway; McCormack uses short unvarnished sentences to develop a warm deep love between father and son. As a father of three this story got to my heart.
I don't understand why everyone raves so much about this book. From a literary standpoint, it is a good book, but not a great book. There're extremely well written books out there that never received attention nor fame anywhere close to this book. Books that are really well written, but not written to impress, touch or induce tears.
This is a good book and that's about it. Did it deserve the Pulitzer prize? I don't know. It's a lot like president Obama receiving the Nobel prize for peace. Sure, he's done some good things already, but did the deserve the Nobel prize for that?
I'm a father of a little boy and this book did appeal to me in that way. But I love reading books that are WELL WRITTEN, not the books that appeal to me personally.
This book was about as a depressing of a book you could possibly read. It is not entertaining or even thought provoking. If you want to read a book where you feel sorry for the world then this is your book. There are no solutions no great ideas, just pity on top of pity.
ONCE AGAIN A GREAT BOOK FROM COMAC McCARTHY. SUPERBLY WRITTEN, SUPPORTED BY GREAT NARRATION.
IN REAL TERMS THE READER FEELS HE TOO IS ON "THE ROAD". ALTHOUGH THE CHARACTERS ARE FEW THIS BOOK IS RICH IN DIALOGUE THE PRINCIPLE CHARACTERS ARE STRONG . THE SITUATIONS ENCOUNTERED ARE WELL SCOPED.
IN SHORT EXCELLENT. DESERVING OF A FIVE STAR RATING.