Thursday, June 7, 2007
The Road" by Cormac McCarthy
2007 Pulitzer Prize
He said: If he is not the word of God God never spoke.
I pulled the book review out of Time Magazine and added it to my gotta read pile many moons ago. It took a while but I finally read it Monday. Only after it won the 2007 Pulitzer. And it was amazing.
It's the story of a man and his son traveling across the country on foot. The world is a postapocalyptic cinder, now sparsely populated by roaming bands of scavengers trying to survive. The travelers are trying to get to the coast, not knowing what they may find there.
It's a disturbing scenario. And McCarthy leaves so much to the imagination. We're not told what happened to the planet. We don't know when it's set; we only know it's cold. We're not even given the name of the boy or his son. All you know is the only world left for the two of them is each other.