"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.
"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.
"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
"nice read defo recommend"
if you are looking for action this is not the book for you as it is a gentle read but a good read. focus on one man and his son amd their desolate journey. good book. upset with ending as I was desperate to know what happened. but that makes a Good ending I guess.
"The road by Cormac McCarthy"
Very good enjoyed the audible version much more than I enjoyed the film even tho I though the film was very good .
"Slow burner, though gripping throughout"
Great listen on the tube....powerfully woven tale on a father son partnership amidst a post apocalyptic event
Recommended for anyone looking for a powerful read, slow but builds to grip the reader!!
"The future is... grey"
Whilst the story never actually tells you exactly what happened it's clear from early on that a nuclear war of sorts has devastated the world and covered it with ash. It's always cold and grey as we follow a man and his son heading south on a road - fighting to survive the conditions, the lack of food and the other survivors.
The story starts grey and soon gets darker - the 'happy' moments of having food, fire and shelter are few and far between. The man's will to survive and protect his son is gut wrenching and being a father myself it caused moments of - 'what the hell would I do here!'.
The performance by Tom Stechschulte is good - although I suspect a more 'colourful' book could bring out more from him.
"Typically excellent fair from Mr Mccarthy "
Very dark story of parents struggle raising a child in difficult environment. It's gripping story yet very bare and stripped down.
the road is one of those books I read time and time again and I still find something new to love each time. it is both thought provoking and heartbreaking. I must've read this at least 20 times and listened about as many times. Could not recommend it enough. Probably my favourite book.