The Road, by Cormac McCarthy-
Paperback: 287 pages
Publisher: Vintage Books
By Olivia Guitron, Courier Staff Writer
“When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he’d reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him. Nights dark beyond the darkness and the days more gray each one than had had gone before […] Barren, silent, godless. He thought the month was October but he wasn’t sure. He hadn’t kept a calendar for years. They were moving south. There’d be no surviving another winter here”- The Road
The Road is truly a masterpiece. It is the story of a father and son trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. They must go further south, to the coast in search of the “good guys” as they call them, and on their way they meet many misfortunes and casualties that can only happen when food is scarce and everyone is paranoid.
The man and his son meet others who try to kill them, for food or clothing or other needs, as well as some people they are still wary as to what their “good guy, bad guy” policy is. They have difficult times, like when food is not plentiful, and when they must make sacrifices in order to save themselves. They also see horrors that are not common in a world where most everything is available, like people succumbing to cannibalism. They also have good times, like when they find a food storage, and have lots to eat, and clothing to wear, and when they have moments with each other.
This story cannot be missed. It is really good, and it can help show what would happen if something like an apocalypse were to happen, and we are left alone away from human civilization, with no rules to follow except your own. At first, there is confusion because McCarthy writes his story in the man’s perspective, and the boy’s perspective, and sometimes in third person. Also, there are no quotations when the boy and his father speak to each other or other people, but after a while, you can tell who is talking simply by context. This is a great book, and the movie just came out on November 25th, but surely, the book is better than the movie, though the movie would be as intriguing as the book.