Book Review: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Hey guys!
It’s book review time. I saw today’s novel in the Goodreads list of a friend and it sounded so fascinating, I just had to check it out! So let’s talk about The Road by Cormac McCarthy…

The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Cover from Goodreads)

The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Cover from Goodreads)


The Plot:
In a post-apocalyptic America a man and son keep walking. There’s nothing but ash and desolation surrounding them. No animals, no food, no shelter. They are heading for the coast, not even knowing what they will find there…


The Rating:
The only word that adequately describes this novel is haunting. There’s not much of an explanation what caused the terrible circumstances the father and son are now facing which makes the story even darker. While reading I had an uneasy feeling that I could never quite shake. The plot is somewhat repetitive with actually works perfectly with the overall theme of depression and no hope. It took me a bit to get used to McCarthy’s writing style and to get into the story in general. But then I was hooked. I am still not the biggest fan of this writer’s style, but the story is captivating. It’s a rather short book, so nothing is lost in case you really don’t enjoy the story. 

McCarthy played that dark theme well and after some initial difficulties I couldn’t put the book down. Just found out that there is a movie adaptation, so I’m really excited to get check that one out!


Did you read the book? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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7 thoughts on “Book Review: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

  1. I absolutely loved this book. I can see why some may not, especially if they’re a bigger fan of having a driving plot, but I loved the sparse style and found it paired so well with the (lack of) a plot. I was quite surprised by it, but I think it would make my list of most favorite books I’ve ever read.

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