The Road by Cormac McCarthy
In a post apocalyptic world of little light, no animals, and the only people you occasionally see may be as likely to kill you for food as to shake your hand…
the future… is not looking so bright.
The man (only referred to as The Man) and his middle grade age son, take to the road in look out for food, shelter, but all is temporary in this new world as staying in one spot too long is certain death and the times of warmth and food to eat are scarce.
As the story moves on down the road the man, who is hardened by the weariness of the world tries to give his son hope when hope is nowhere to be found as they walk the boy grows in knowledge way beyond his years in ways many of as adults could not even comprehend.
Why did I want to read this book?
The Road is one of those books that seems to be on my invisible “must read in my lifetime” list. Actually… as I write this, I should really make that list.
The Road was a book I listened to on audio. Tom Stechschulte (who also narrated Dennis LeHane’s Shutter Island) did a wonderful job of portraying a weary father trying to give his son a future when no future is to be found.
The Road… I am not going to lie, is über depressing. As the audio went on, even the good moments are short-lived and time and again the pair return to the road going onward…. towards… what? They and you as the reader, have no idea.
So what makes The Road so popular? Is it our thirst for the unknown even if it scares the poo out of us? Initially released in 2006 was it a bit ahead of the great Apocalypse/Dystopian genre era we are currently in? I don’t have the answers to these questions. For me, The Road was good… but not outstanding. I wonder why? AM I desensitized by the current dystopian reads that are way more action packed? Again, I don’t know.
The Road for me was interesting and sad and heartbreaking and frightening. It made me look out the window and try to picture such a world where daily instead of blogging or going to work or hanging with friends at a coffee shop – the only thing to do is try to survive. When we think about the growing earth population and the demand demand demand for more…. more media, more food, more rights, more control…. I have to wonder….
How far off is McCarthy’s world? Is it a possibility? Think of the last 50 to 100 years and how the world has changed. Now go forward 50 to 100 years. What do you see?
Overall – obviously The Road is a thinker and I am glad to be able to say I have read it. I look forward to seeing the movie… perhaps tonight.