The story is "cold", "grey", and full of "ash", but it is a story of perseverence. In a situation with little to no hope, you find yourself asking the characters why they are continuing. But if you are a parent (or an eternal optimist), you will understand. Despite little knowledge about the situation leading up to the story, you find yourself engrossed in an apocolyptic time that is believeable and convincing. The ending was a bit disappointing to me. If you are interested in this story, may I recommend "A Brief History of the Dead". Enjoy!
Tom Stechschulte, the narrator of this book, proves himself to be the best interpreter of McCarthy's prose. Reading McCarthy's texts can be difficult at times, which make his achievement all the more impressive. This book isn't for everyone -- McCarthy's bleak view of human nature has NO resolution or happy endings. But, it's an impressive work and will rank high in the canon of "Doomsday" literature.
The book itself is as beautifully spare and desolate as the landscape it describes. The text is relentless, and sets the tone for their slow march to the sea.
The narrator did a superb job giving voice to the characters, and I am even more impressed with him now that I have heard him read No Country for Old Men, which shows off his range even better.
The style of storytelling was grey and bleak which built on the feeling of what the story was telling. I was disturbed by that sense of hopelessness; and at the same time, was totally drawn into the character's personality. It was fascinating to me to have an entire book be both intriguing and repulsive.
I was immediately drawn in by the father/son relationship which covers so many emotions that every adult who loves a child experiences. I was drawn in, too, by the need to return (how the characters are forced to return) to the basics of finding water, food, clothing, safety, and shelter on a daily basis--a need initiated by trauma (a country now unrecognizable) and also, I think, from the specter of possibly dying before one's time. Perhaps, too, this return to basics is found among some elderly, some who live to be very old. Again, most of all, it's the father/son relationship that evokes so much for me--love, joy, fear, hope, hopelessness, terror, horror, all that is found in an adult's heart when he/she worries about a young one.
This book did not grab me at first...never did in fact. Did I like the book? No! Am I glad I listened to it? Yes! Another reviewer commented that the ending did not fit with the rest of the book. I think it did because when God closes one door, he opens another or maybe a window. There is hope because of what the Boy was taught by the Man and what the Boy actually learned from the Man. What changes does the Boy take with him down the next few miles of "The Road"?
I agree with other reviewers that this book is well written and I was mesmerized. I think I wish I had not read it.
Too much horror
Too much pain
Too much truth
To say I love this book is a bit of an understatement.
It has touched me personally, haunted me really and not in a negative way.
I'm sure I'm not the only parent who has been touched by the simple beauty of the parent\child relationship that 'The Road' highlights. Maybe the sparse speech, the unnamed 'papa' and 'boy' allow the reader to easily slot themselves into those roles and makes the relationship so real.
Yes it describes a harrowing, bleak and absolutely horrific nightmare world no one wants to see. But it also wells in ones heart incredible feelings of hope and love for ones own flesh and blood that is hard to put into words.
I don't mean to be a fanboy as I do see how one would find McCarthy's writing style confusing and hard to follow maybe more so as a read and less as a listen. I did listen to 'The Road' first then read it. Perhaps my experience wouldn't have been so strong if it was reversed, the narration I feel is that good. Having said that I've read the book twice now and have become a huge Cormac McCarthy fan reading most of his other works in quick succession after listening to this audiobook.