Author: Cormac McCarthy
Publication Date: 2006
Source: Book club borrowed
Genre: Literary Fiction
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Wow, I spent part of my weekend reading this book and man it made me feel depressed. The Road is the story of a man and his son (we never learn their names) trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. We also never learn how or why the world has turned to ashes nor the location of the story and the book is almost a series of snapshots into this bleak world so we know very little about the characters themselves.
It was a short read which I am eternally grateful for as I fear I may not have been able to shake this depressive feeling if it had been much longer.
In that respect, I imagine the book accomplished its task; providing a bleak and troubled world where humanity may have long since disappeared. And don't get me wrong, I can see how the incredibly poetic and sparse prose has put this book in the top of many must read book lists but it simply wasn't for me. I am a varied reader and don't easily get spooked by difficult topics, however the hopelessness I extracted from this book means that I simply cannot put it in my 'like' pile.
Oh what a short and sweet review but you know what? It has to be as I simply can't get past the incredibly dire and depressive feeling from this book. I'm off to get a glass of wine. I feel like I really need one.
Confused?! Yep I am too. I just couldn't like it so it's thumbs down for me, but it is a unique and well written book so if you don't mind feeling depressed after reading a book then give it a go.