The Road by Cormac McCarthy was one of our book club selections this summer. After being introduced to McCarthy in the same book club with No Country for Old Men, I was very excited to read his most popular work. Not surprisingly, it was amazing. I am in love with the McCarthy’s sparse prose. It really packs a punch for this kind of survival story. I really felt the emotions and fears of the man and his son as they tried to survive an (unknown to the reader) apocalyptic event. The lack of knowledge of what happened before the book or the names of the characters really served to make this a visceral reading experience that stripped the story to the present. Isn’t that what survival really is, making it from one minute to the next?
There were some very gruesome scenes that served to show the reader what McCarthy imagines of mankind in the event of a disaster of this magnitude. Let’s just say he is not optimistic. I can’t recommend this novel enough. Don’t read it for an uplifting look at humanity, but for a bleak view of survival that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next.