A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that. stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food-and each other.
The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son “each the other’s world entire,” are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, The Road is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total desolation.
I read this for my Popular and Contemporary Fiction course at school. I read it years ago when I was in high school and I remember totally loving it. But I didn’t love it this time. I didn’t enjoy the rule breaking the author does. He doesn’t use quotations of any sort. He does mostly telling and little showing. I think he pushed the limits and it worked for many people.
It was certainly a compelling story. Post-apocalyptic America due to some sort of world ending event that is never specified, is interesting for sure. All of the different kinds of people that come out in this sort of scenario. The man and the boy encounter all sorts, good and bad.
Overall, I thought this story was interesting and fast paced. Every page was filled with urgency to find out the fate of the man and the boy. There was so much symbolism and underlying messages within the story. I actually have to write a paper on this book and The Hunger Games based on the theme of survival, hope in the face of hopeless situations, and the power of family bonds. I definitely think this is an interesting read with many important themes within.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.