Wednesday, 4 September 2013

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

"When you die it's the same as if everybody else died too."

I was completely surprised by how much I loved The Road when I take into consideration my dislike of McCarthy's Blood Meridian.
An all pervasive atmosphere of fear and dread contrasts beautifully with the familiarity of a father and son rapport in this relentless journey through a ruined world. Travelling the road could be seen as a relentless drudge, fighting off starvation, the threat of thieves and bandits, and yet there is something amazing about the writing that almost makes you taste the hunger at the pit of your stomach and palpably feel the fight or flight senses taking over.

One of the strengths of this novel appears to be the depth of detail about the relationship between the father and son, and the strong sense of sensory depiction, contrasted with the vague depictions of the source of the world's problems and clear details of place and time.
5 out of 5, canned meals are a life saver

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