“I have read many apocalyptic novels but none with the quiet brilliance of The Road. This achingly simple novel with its stark unpunctuated prose, in my opinion, is a masterpiece of utter brilliance. McCormack’s lack of punctuation and sparse language draws you into this stark, malevolent world he has created and leaves you bleeding from the soul as you witness this profound love story of a father and his son. This is not your traditional tale of star struck lovers but instead the intense, often frightening love of parent and child.
I think the brilliance of this novel was in its lack of detail. Its ability to take us to this stark, unforgiving landscape of unspeakable horrors and shows us over and over again the everyday struggle of survival. The tale held true to its simplicity by having very few pages (I think about 6) that deviated from that day to day struggle. We received a paragraph of detail of the actual apocalyptic event. The Father represented the fierce protective, hard-will to survive and care for his Son at all cost and the Son embodies what seems lost in this post-apocalyptic world; hope and humanity.
( added note:) A well deserved Pulitzer winner in my eyes.”
RobinReads wrote this review Sunday, June 24, 2007.