Goodreads Review: THE ROAD

The Road The Road by Cormac McCarthy

My review


rating: 5 of 5 stars
A friend and I were having a very spirited discussion about books and movies the other day. I was complaining about lack of exposition in books/movies. It wasn’t enough for me to hear the story and the actions, I wanted motivation, I wanted to know WHY the villian/hero/killer did what they did. I wanted backstory.

He explained to me that with some stories (specifically slasher movies, his favorite genre.), getting hung up on an ultimate motivation would ultimately cause me to miss out on the most important part of the story: the journey.

So I heeded his advice when reading this book, and I’m glad I did.

You find it little about what happened before, and nothing in regards to what led to this apocalypse. But ultimately, thats not what this story is about. It’s about love and survival and (at the risk of sounding immensely cheesy) the limits of the human spirit.

It was a beautiful and moving book, with descriptives so clearly imagined, its as if I could see the road, the forest and the beach laid out in front of me.

This is my first Cormac McCarthy book, and I will definitely be reading more by him.

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~ by Alli on Friday, March 13, 2009.

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