I just finished The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I credit Sadie for recommending this really great book. Or maybe I should just credit Oprah ( 😛 ). The Road tells the story of an unnamed man and his son who are traveling across a post-apocalyptic America. The entire world appears to be covered in a layer of ash that also blocks out nearly all sunlight. The boy and his father are two of a handful of survivors roaming the planet and scavenging to survive. The Road is a story of survival. It’s a story of a father who has lost everything and everyone he knows, save his son. The world has to be one of the scariest settings imaginable: hardly any light in the daytime, pitch black at night, bitter cold, almost zero visibility, no food or supplies, and dangerous scavengers around nearly every bend. The story contains some mind-bending, horrific imagery that has to be seen (read) to be understood.
The writing itself is also very different. It definitely took some getting used to. While it doesn’t completely lack punctuation, quotation marks, commas, and apostrophes are left out (and maybe more). While some of the descriptions are eloquent, the dialog between the father and son remains fairly simple. I think the phrase “Okay.” must have been used at least 200 times in the book, and the two saying “Okay” to each other was a common resolution to any discussion. While I found this strange at first, as the story progressed this phrase seemed to demonstrate the strong bond between the characters.
The story was horrifying, endearing, and truly moving. Despite the bizarre setting, every aspect of the story was fully believable, which makes things all the more horrific. The different writing style took me a little while to get used to, but once I did, I flew through the book. I highly recommend you check this out if you haven’t already. It is truly one of the most unique stories I have ever read!
Just remember that the things you put into your head are there forever, he said. You might want to think about that.
You forget some things, dont you?
Yes. You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget.