Bleak Sublime Prose
The last paragraph of the book is so beautiful and haunting, as are all the recollections of a beautiful world unappreciated until it is gone.
His clear characterizations of the various characters add to the storytelling.
If parts of this book do not move you to tears, then perhaps your heart is made of stone? Complex it is disgusting and beautiful.
This is a powerfully moving story of bleak sadness but the main characters evoke empathy in a world of death and cruelty. It is an existential meditation on life, even a life that no one would want, but that we may ourselves create in our lack of appreciation of this beautiful living world.
This is not a happy book. It's written so concisely that you don't even know the characters' names. That's OK. It adds to the dreary, hopelessness of the situation. If you can take the sad subject matter, it's a good read.
A very raw moment when a child sees something no person ever should
too many to mention
Excellent book - had a few concerns about teh performance at teh beginning but thoroughly excellent performance!
It was much darker than I expected -- and it just seemed to go on and on.
Performance was fine.
Couldn't finish it
Story was drawn out and the dialog was... not really enough to be called dialog.
I couldn't wait for it to end...
Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.
As I started this book, I immediately felt the sense that I was rereading The Gunslinger and that wasn't such a good thing since I did not particularly enjoy that book. As the book progressed, however, I settled into McCarthy's sparse prose. His story is simple but quite compelling and the setting is truly the protagonist of this book. The post-devastation wasteland is horrific and fundamental questions of quality of life, human existance, spirituality float in and out of the dialogue between father and son that is central to the book. I had so many questions that were left unanswered like HOW? WHY? WHEN? WHO? WHERE? But then it was clear that none of this really mattered to the characters - only survival and keeping on keeping on down the road were what mattered.
I did not enjoy this book. In my opinion it had no direction or purpose. From the beginning it just shove you into the story without explanation of why, where, or what. It slowly divulges details, but it was totally uninteresting to listen to. The narrators voice was perfect for the book, but I still could not finish it.
I saw a few reviews of this book that dismissed it as "too literary," but those folks miss the point. Purely on its value as a story, driven by two distinct characters -- a boy and his father -- this is a tight, gripping and engaging story. It was actually a book I wanted to read but didn't want to read because I knew, without knowing anything, that the ending would be hard. And it was a hard ending, but it was true.
I also have a great admiration for Mr. McCarthy for his sparse writing style. Every word is precise and filled with meaning and story. This could only have been created with constant writing, rewriting and whittling down to the barest of essentials. The narrator also did a great job, which is important...a lousy narration could have destroyed this.
It's worth a credit, and even if you're more of a genre fan, you'll enjoy this.
I really enjoyed McCarthy's descriptions of everything. He incorporates so much detail into his writing that it makes the listener/reader feel as if he or she was there at that moment.
I liked the interaction between the father and son, especially the father because of the gentle way he brings a calm to every situation. He's very patient, and embodies what I feel a father should be.
Stechschulte's ability to vocalize many different characters made the book really easy to follow. He does a great job with this in No Country For Old Men as well! He's just an excellent narrator, plain and simple.
The Road to Nowhere!
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
I couldn't stop reading. The man and the boy, "good guys" walking towards warmer weather and other's like them. Together they face the horrors left years after the apocalyse and dangers of traveling. Gradual and sublte changes in voice patterns as son faces fears and becomes a man is incrediably done. If I taught English this would be a mandatory read in high school. I will come back to it again. Think Night by Elie Weisel... the world is horrid but the human spirit of goodness carries the fire. Intense but not profane or vulgar.