Reading in 2010: The Road

I’m not sure how to describe this one. I love when authors give you short “snapshot” paragraphs that describe action or thought. This book was chock full of that. The narrative was diced into tiny sections too-making this the perfect pickup-putdown book. The dialogue was sparse and poignant. The landscape was bare and burned.

If you aren’t familiar with the story, here’s a brief synopsis: A father and son are wandering across a burned and desolate country in the future. There are very few people left, just bands of thieves and not too many “good guys”. Every aspect of civilization is gone, burned, and looted. The father and son are journeying to the coast, because they believe it is warmer there and there is a “good guy” community there which they can join. This book is their tale of scavenging and wandering, and wondering what it is that makes life worth living.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It was slow at times, and at points very graphic and disturbing. Nevertheless, I’m glad I read it. I enjoyed the author’s style and the overall story. The movie is out, but I’m not sure if I’d like to see it. There are a few scenes that would really disturb me to see on film. Overall, it was a good read!

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