After listening to "No Country For Old Men," it took all my will power to wait for the audiobook release of "The Road" - it was worth the wait.
McCarthy (and Stechschulte) capture the love between father and son under the most wretched conditions, in prose that goes directly to the heart and soul. The Man is strong, scared, sometimes impatient or regretful, but always returns to his love for the Boy to keep going and to try to rise above the normal failing of a father. The Boy - has anyone ever captured the fear, trust, and devotion within young boy as well as McCarthy? - was as real to me as his father. The love, persistence and hope shine through in a world of unending gray.
I find myself looking at my son (6), and I hear Stechschulte (and McCarthy) saying "If he is not the word of God, then God never spoke". I am not a religious man, but that one phrase captured in words the unspeakable love of a parent for a child.
This is my first "reading" of Cormac McCarthy. I have rarely been so moved by words - I am still not sure if it is McCarthy, or the artfull reading by Tom Stechschulte, but either way I was enveloped by McCarthy's world and embraced both Bell and Moss as well-repected personal friends.
In a world of that demands black and white, I appreciate a writer that can draw onw into the gray and ask the question -- what would I do?
Give me more of both writer and narrator.
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