The Road

November 11, 2008

I gave Cormac MacCarthy’s The Road as a gift a couple of Christmases ago, but I hadn’t read it myself until now.

It’s a very, very readable book due to MacCarthy’s spare style (he doesn’t even use quotation marks in his dialog). At the same time, following the story of a father and son (who are never named) as they trek across a post-apocalyptic America makes for pretty grim reading. The unidentified cataclysm occurred years before, killing most of the plant and animal life on earth. The few survivors they do encounter turn out to be roving bands of cannibals.

It is a sad and terrifying book, but it does at least end with one solitary note of hope. No, I won’t spoil it for you.

Apparently The Road is going to be released as a movie in 2009 starring Viggo Mortensen. I discovered this fact a few chapters in, and as a result Viggo’s was the face I saw while reading.

If you’re like me and often wish you’d read the book before you sat down to watch the movie, now’s your chance.


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