The Road by Cormac McCarthy - Book Review

The Road by Cormac McCarthy - Book Review

Write on: Mon, 20 Jan 2020 by  in Archive Read 2994

“What's the bravest thing you ever did?
He spat in the road a bloody phlegm. Getting up this morning, he said.”

Wow! This book is absolutely brilliant! One of the tensest reads I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy. 

The prose is completely different to McCarthy's in No Country for Old Men, really showing his absolute genius. His style was perfect for the tone, atmosphere and context of the novel.

It is a dystopian novel set after a nuclear war that has destroyed almost all civilisation. A Father and son journey across hostile and desolate land in search for other survivors who have not fallen into madness.

The relationship between the father and son and how it grows is really wonderful and emotional. Characters were brilliant and realistic. I love the dynamic of their relationship. It was so different to any novel I have read before, and showed a real sensitive growth that involved me in the story.

I would recommend this to anyone. It is not a long read, and is absolutely amazing!

“You have my whole heart. You always did.”


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