Wonderfully written, incredibly descriptive, emotionally compelling, as a male in his mid-40s I am not easily drawn into the emotional side of characters, this book made me feel I was living the man's journey and his love for his child.
This book is the first to bring me to tears since Watership Down over 35 yrs ago!
"The road is a strange and wonderful story."
This is a strange and wonderful story. At times sad but ultimately a story of hope. Brilliantly read and keeps you interested until the end.
"I don't understand"
whay the book has such good reviews.
All they say on the long road walk is: Its Ok. Ok.Im sorry. that's ok. Its Ok. I'm sorry. That's ok.
The author doesn't explain what was happend to cose the Apocalypse or he may explained once but I didn't cache it. I was jumping forward time to time in the hope something will happened. In the end nothing happend. The man died and the boy was taken by some good guys. The End
"The Worst Book Ever"
Well if ever I feel like committing suicide, this will be the book I'll chose to hold in my hand so that those finding my body will know how desperate I felt.
It's gruesome. It's horrible. It is so devoid of hope or grace or beauty that I can't think why anyone would want to subject themselves to reading it. I will not recommend it to anybody.
As far as the characters go, the boy is pathetic in the true sense of the word. However, I couldn't help the cynic in me asking how on earth he could be so ingelligent at times when all his knowledge must have come from the father, who is little more than monosyballic in his utterances. The father has lost his humanness and gained only cruelty in his quest for survival - how else could you justify his teaching the child to put a pistol in its mouth, aim upwards? These people have become hardly more than animals.
The language is sparse but I can't say I can see any beauty in it. I cringed everytime the father said 'Its alright\" or the son said 'Im okay'. Surely there's more to life than that? Surely McCormac could have offered us more vocabulary, even in this world devoid of hope?
List. Lists of objects. Lists of tiny actions. Sentences without verbs. Overuse of the words 'he' and 'and'. All contribute to the dull, repetitive language in this dull, repetitive tale.
Probably the worst book I have ever read. And I could have been saved from my misery if only the man had trusted the family he met right at the beginning ... ah! maybe that's the message.
"Uneventful and a tad dull"
I love a post apocalyptic story but I was underwhelmed with this book..I kept waiting for something interesting to happen but no too much did. I did like the father son relationship as it felt real and honest. I did keep listening until the end though just hoped it would get better.
"wonderfully bleak vision of a devastated world"
wonderful book, saw the film first and wanted to hear that world lifted off the page, beautiful characters, hope and loss in equal measures.
"poor payoff for the time"
Many of the reviews comment on the bleakness of the story, which it is bleak. The story signposts the ending from the off. There are few surprises. The dialogue between characters is sparse with little variety. By the end I was fed up with hearing the boy say "OK" and "I'm scared". I didn't find myself caring about their fate as they just weren't believable as survivors. It doesn't stand out as anything special in apocalyptic literature. No twist or significant message to deliver.
"Not sure I "got" it..."
A lot of reviewers have said they don't understand why this won the Pulitzer Prize and I think that saying this is a bit extreme. This is a very powerfully written book, encompassing moral issues seen through the eyes of the young and the old in a very "grey" landscape. However for all of its emotive sections... the ending left me a little empty.
For all of its power, I have no idea what I'm supposed to take away from this story. The book took me out of the comfort zone of my usual listens, so I have no idea whether I'm an uncultured philistine or just finished an OK book.
"Achingly raw and beautiful"
This is a beautifully written and performed story. It stays with you long after it has ended, and pulls at every fibre of your being.
"Good story but could of been shorter."
There were many times during this read I thought "get on with it" the ending becomes obvious about 2/3's into the book.
Worth the listen.