Depressing and oppressive and made me wonder WHY someone would write such a sad and gut wrenching tale. I think the author wanted readers to consider how we deal love and faith in the most dire of circumstances. How would we protect what we love most -- and would that protection end up causing more harm? Great book for discussion, but certainly not something I'd recommend in general.
Long dark and arduous; you can feel the gray ash. Cormac has a unique way of phrasing his sentences; the future's equivalent of Old English. I finished this book in 24 hours, granted I had a lot time on my hands. Not sure if it was Pulitzer worthy but I enjoyed it immensely regardless. 4 1/2 stars.
This book was well-written but soooooooooo depressing I could not bring myself to finish it. I don't require books to be all sunshine and roses, but this was too much gloom and doom for me to take!
Very very good and very sad, dark and depressing. It was terrifying to see what human beings did to each other when faced with starvation and when there were no laws to abide by. The scariest parts of the book were when the father and son saw other people. The ending was so sad, I wanted to believe the boys life would eventually get better but the sad truth is that it never would. This is definately one of those books that stayed with me long after I finished reading it. I would recommend this.
Great book on many levels. He can paint pictures with words. A sad story of a Dad trying to save his son in a post apodotic world. It ends on a hint of hope.
"The Road" by Cormac McCarthy is set in a post apocalyptic, burned out America. A father and young son trekking on foot across the frozen, burned out land - heading somewhere, with nowhere to go - pushing their possessions in a shopping cart.
McCarthy's style - the sentence structure, staccato dialog, detailed non-descript places, total lack of proper nouns - all blend to create a tale that is both bland and vibrant, is subtly familiar yet undeniably other worldly, is heart warming and deeply haunting. Highly recommend [5/5]
I read this book for my book club. We haven't met to discuss it yet but I am looking forward to the conversation. Difficult to say that I loved the book as the subject matter is so bleak but it was extremely well done. The prose and the subject matter meshed beautifully. The dearth of color in the book made me appreciate our colorful world the more. There was beauty in the love between the man and his son and beauty in the nature of the son. But I was hoping for just a sprig of green to give hope to the world.
I've never before gotten through a Cormac McCarthy novel. His writing style doesn't appeal to me; it feels a bit self-indulgent. In spite of this, I could not put down 'The Road' once I started reading it. Is it bleak? Yes: it's McCarthy, after all, and a post-apocalyptic setting to boot. Particularly impressive, though: it's a page-turner in which very little actually happens. And the characterization of the son is pitch-perfect. I am glad that I read it.
Intensely readable, but at the same time frustrating. You want to keep reading to try to piece together what's happened, but it's futile, which is probably one of McCarthy's points.
I like futuristic comments on society, but this novel lacked plot. It did make me think and question the current world, but I was bored with the story 50 pages into the book.
Certainly an interesting book, but don't read it if you get depressed easily.
I still worry about all those naked people in the basement.
OMG! this book was riveting. I simply could not put it down.
I was hesitant about reading this book due to it's depressing plot, my husband gave it to me for a gift. However, once I did start to read it, I couldn't put the book down. It's more than just a survival story, it's a touching story about a father's love for his son and everything he is willing to do to see to it that his son lives on in dire circumstances. Well written and very believable.
A different and good book. A story of a man's love for his son in a time of an unexplained end of the world times. Unsettling and dark, but with a glimmer of light at the end. A Pulitzer Prize winner.
This is an amazing book. I don't know what to say about it. In all its horror is a beautifully written survival tale. It is disturbing and depressing, and definitely not for everyone. However I was glued to every page. This one is going to haunt me. I will never forget this book.
This was one of the worst books I've ever read! Each page was the exact same as the last with absolutely no character development! I kept waiting for something.... Anything to happen but the next page practically repeated the last. I actually threw the book away it was so not worth my time! Could anyone tell me what they possibly enjoyed about it?
It reminds me of the scene in Tom Sawyer when the townspeople were tricked into seeing the show of the two naked and painted men. The first night 1/2 the people were tricked and they were so embarrassed by bring tricked they said how great the show was and the 2nd night the other 1/2 was tricked. On the third night everyone showed up upset at being suckered and wanted to exact revenge only to be outwitted again! Boy was I suckered by all earlier reviews!
Haunting. It seems to drag on, yet I couldn't put it down. It was definitely worth the read. The love story between the father and son is heartbreaking and beautiful.
I may be the only person who did not thoroughly enjoy this bleak, dark, drawn out tale of a man and his son traveling through a post apocalyptic America.
An awesome, different, unexpected novel.
Very depressing with a little hope at the end. I don't recommend it.
A depressing story told poetically and with great hope. I picked the book up and could not put it down.... The bond between father and son if unforgettable.... I highly recommend this book.