“Despite the apparently depressing subject matter and the maudlin tone of “The Road” it is a compulsive page-turner. It is filled with a sense of imminent tension, where the next bend in the road might bring the man and his son face-to-face with ‘bad guys’ or ‘good guys’, whilst overlaid with a pervading sense of hunger and cold. The post-apocalyptic environment pervades the pages and the experiences of the protagonist and his son; this tender relationship provides a powerful juxtaposition against the varied tragedies they encounter and experience. McCarthy’s manipulation and abandonment of conventional grammatical and writing conventions – once the reader comes to grips with it – is an effective linguistic technique that appropriately mirrors the disintegration of the concept of civilisation inherent in the novel. This is a post-apocalyptic story that certainly transcends the genre. ”C Taylor wrote this review 21 hours ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A bleak, terrible, but oddly heartening look at the day-by-day life of the survivors of an unnamed apocalypse that leaves the Earth an uninhabitable wasteland. The story revolves around a father and his young son, wandering alone and scavenging canned food and clean water, their only hope for survival in a world that has no future other than cruelty, sickness, and death.
It is the father-son element of the story that really touched me and that will stick with me for years to come. At its heart, it is a testament to a father's love and how far a man will go to ensure that his child survives, even for just one day more. The entire novel, the man spends his time teaching his son, giving him responsibility, allowing him to make decisions, and nurturing him in a way that should demand the attention of any parent.
In a world like this, the easy answer to every danger would be to shield the boy from anything and everything that could hurt him - have him hide away in some dark place where the "bad men" can't get him. But the father in this story knows that he is not going to live forever, and that his son will have to go on without him. He does what he can to pass along his survival instinct, his ingenuity, and his humanity. The boy is the person who will "carry the flame" for him long after Papa is gone.
And it's that lesson that is the true take-away from this book - it doesn't take an apocalypse to realize that your children are going to outlive you, that you have to imbibe them with "the flame" to carry on in this world without you.”
“Intense in focus, this narrative follows father and son in a 'journey to the edge of night' across post-apocalyptic America. A worthy read for those who are the least bit interested in this genre, and for those who are nuts about it. ”A. H. Richards wrote this review 8 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
I have now read over 150 pages of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road”. The book is about a father and his son desperately trying to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic America. The duo encounters many difficulties throughout the story, but the father always puts his son’s safety first, like all fathers would. After reading more than half of the story, I must say that I love this book so much that some parts of it almost frightens me. The main thing that I love about this book is the word choice McCarthy uses to describe the details in the story. From the torn-apart nature of America to the details of the characters, the word choices were so vivid that I was frightened to turn to the next page. To conclude, this novel has been one of my most challenging and enjoyable read so far, and I cannot wait to finish the book.
“Great book, page-turner. Better than the film by some way.”stephen potts wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“There is a good chance I would've gotten more out of this book had I not chosen to go the audio book route. I think I have discovered (perhaps at the expense of "The Road") that I ultimately prefer to read a novel myself. That aside, the story itself was fairly gripping, and as grim as one would expect any post-apocalyptic tale to be. There were a few sections that stood out to me as deeply introspective, but many times, the novel felt much like the prose: a little flat. Overall it was a 3 star experience for me. ”David wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Road is a great and very interesting story about a post apocalyptic world, it seems realistic regarding the behavior of humans in the kind of situations the characters are in. The author does not hesitate to include gruesome details and messed up scenarios created by certain humans.”Ben wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book! Depressing and hopeful. The book is great, the movie is good as well. Still freaked out about one part in the story.”Christopher Mengel wrote this review Friday, November 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A world in ashes. The love of a father for his young son. The innocence of a child. I had been putting off reading The Road for two years - and now I know I had no reason to. Yes, it is a bleak story, and yes, I cried my way through it (what parent can read this with dry eyes?) but no other book I've read captures better what it means to have a child who is all the world to us, and what defines us as human beings. How far would we go to feed our children? Would we still care about strangers if we had barely enough for ourselves? Would we kill in order to survive? Dealing with these and other haunting questions, The Road is a book to read, lay aside, and read again.”Louisa van der Luyden wrote this review Friday, November 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No