The Road Revisited
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Road is a Pulitzer Prize winning post-apocalyptic tale penned by the great McCarthy, it tells the story of a boy and his father trying to survive in a world that’s been devastated by an unknown disaster.
The book chronicles their journey south as they try to escape the cold desolate place they’ve called home. But their journey is fraught with dangers as they encounter other survivors in the smouldering wasteland with horrifying consequences.
This is one of the most memorable and powerful post-apocalyptic books that I’ve ever read. Not only does it make the reader question what it is that makes us human it shows the reality of the frailty of humanity; desperation and starvation on the level depicted in this book is something we’re shielded against in the modern world.
It ultimately asks the reader how far you would go in order to feed and protect yourself and your family. Could you make the ultimate sacrifice in order to stop the suffering of someone you love?
Although at times it’s a very dark and psychologically frightening read it’s also filled with hope and optimism and the enduring love between a father and his son and it’s this balance between the two that makes this something extra special.