The Road, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Cormac McCarthy, is a slice of life of a man and his son in the post-apocalyptic United States. Trying to stay alive with little to eat and with cannibals roaming the countryside is no easy task. Like another of his novels, No Country for Old Men, the Road is about to made into a major motion picture.
This review, however, specifically covers the book itself.
I have to admit that I was intrigued to read a Pulitzer Prize winning, post apocalyptic novel. There can’t be too many of those around, can there? After I got used to the fact that Cormac McCarthy doesn’t bother with much punctuation (most likely symbolic of the stark landscape that the man and his son find themselves in), I was really sucked into the story. I could very easily imagine what everything looked like and what life must have been like for them.
With that said, though, I was actually surprised that it had won the Pulitzer. I have read better books that have not won the Pulitzer — books with a better plot, better character development, and better imagery. I’m honestly not even certain that there was a protagonist who comes to any sort of realization and changes. Or that there really was any sort of real climax, for that matter.
The ending of the book didn’t surprise me much either. In fact, I’d be surprised if anyone after the first few pages wouldn’t have guessed what happens to the man in the end.
Still, the book is very well written with its Hemingway-esque starkness that quickly pulls you into the man’s life and struggles.
I would highly recommend reading it once. Despite the fact that it is only a little longer than a short story, I don’t think I’d ever read it a second time, however.
I don’t really have any interest in seeing the movie, either, though I don’t doubt that it will make a very compelling and exciting one.