Book Review: Cormac McCarthy's The Road

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Not a book for the faint-hearted, or those of you who want to have a nice time. The first night after starting this book I alternated between being unable to sleep and horrible dreams, so you have been warned. Only read in the daylight when you have several hours to recover before bed. That aside, this book was beautiful in a way it shouldn't be. Set in what I can only assume is post-apocalypse America, The Road tells the story of a father and son trekking the bleak and ash-filled landscape of this new world, barely surviving and heading for the coast. Most life has been wiped out, from humans to the ashen trees that stand around them, permanently on the verge of collapse. There's no food, no water, no warmth, only violent scavengers who track the road and may or may not have a taste for human flesh.

I would say the book is full of highs and lows, but more accurately it's a book of horrific lows and slightly less-awful lows. McCarthy's language is incredibly simple, which only worsens the events that occur in its progression, describing what happens in such plain words it's uncomfortable. If you're like me and enjoy books on personal trauma, post-apocalypse worlds, or human relations, this is one you'll fly through, even if it is against your own will.

My edition is part of a Picador McCarthy collection all with matching cover designs that I really love, even if the selected review takes up more of it than the name of the author and title of the book. It's a clever choice in my opinion and really works as part of a collection with the typewriter key-esque typeface.

**** / 5

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P.S. Post-apocalyptic fiction with no zombies, score.

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