Like the road of the title, at times the story is almost too bleak and painful to keep going, but you can't stop moving forward. Two hours into the story, I considered setting it aside - definitely a darker story than my usual daily commute fare. But McCarthy's prose reads like poetry, and the post-apocalyptic backdrop gives him ample opportunity to reflect on lost dreams and the ultimate generation gap - a father who remembers civilization and a son who has only known a ruined world.
At first I was put off by McCarthy's dreary look at his post apocolyptic wold. I kept listening though, because all of his descriptions were so vivid that I felt as if I were there. McCarthy's beautiful language has again sucked me in!
I read the glowing reviews for The Road and thought I'd give it a shot. I am so glad I did. It is a moving story about a young boy and his father's journey during what may be the aftermath of an atomic bomb (the author never says). Warning: there is a small amount of graphic cannibalism, but it was more shocking and eye-opening than truly gross.
The characters are fantastic and the plot moves along at a good pace. Likewise, I never found myself asking "when is this going to end?" as I have in the past. I truly recommend this book.
Shades of Graham Greene (The Power and the Glory), Homer (The Odyssey) and Dante (The Inferno). This book is a defining point in modern literature. Beautifully written with a language so finely crafted, that each sentence hangs like a picture in a gallery. A true test to faith in it bleakness yet still an optimistic and loving account of the enduring nature of goodness.
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.