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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Review: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

I hesitate to review a classic like this, but here are the thoughts spilling from my mind.

After reading Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel (review here), which, incidentally, recently won the Arthur C Clarke award, I asked on Goodreads for recommendations of non-YA apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic fiction.  (Nothing against YA, I hasten to add!)  The two recommendations that stood out to me (mainly because I hadn't already read them) were The Stand by Stephen King, and The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  As I had The Road sitting on my shelf, I went with that one.

I'd heard great things about this book, and as usual I had high expectations, with some reservations.  I was hesitant because I knew that the dialogue was not contained within speech marks.  A minor thing maybe, I know, but it tends to irritate me as I read.  I know not why!  I also thought, holy moly, how can a whole book about a man and a boy walking along a road be that interesting?!  Well.  I was very happy to be proved wrong on that count!

McCarthy's writing is beautiful and evokes the atmosphere of the destroyed world perfectly.  The story gripped and held me and I read this in two sittings.  For such a quick read, this book really packs a punch.  This sad and harrowing tale of the doggedness of the human spirit is not one to pick up of you're after a lighthearted read, but I urge you to pick it up when you're in the mood for something wonderful.  This is well deserving of my rare 5 stars and its' place on my favourites shelf.

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