Sunday, December 12, 2010
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
The Road is a depressing take on post-apocalypse America. I suppose a book on post-apocalypse anything has to fight not to be depressing, but McCarthy didn't even struggle. A father and son pair are traveling in a land where nothing appears to be alive but humans, and most of them are bent on killing and eating any other humans they find. The book never says what caused the apocalypse. It involved fire, since there is ash everywhere, and it appears there was a catastrophic climate change as a result. That isn't relevant to the story since the focus is the present and the hazards the main characters have to avoid on their trip to the ocean and what they hope is a warmer climate. There are some flashbacks involving the mother, but they're depressing too. I should have know better than to read something that won a Pulitzer prize. Not recommended.