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The Road by Cormac McCarthy – Review by Saul, Teen Blogger

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The Road


Cormac McCarthy


A man and his son venture along a road in a post-apocalyptic land. This is a grim story that takes a look at the strength of human spirit in a world that has no hope or happiness.

Six Word Review:

Requires patience but definitely worth it.

How many stars (out of 10) would you give this book & why?

I would give this story a definite seven out of ten. The story itself is a fantastic tale of two people who have nothing but a shopping cart of food and each other. On the downside, the writing style can become a little boring after a while of reading. This is simply down to the fact that it is written in a grey, depressing style, which, to be fair, does fit the overall theme of the book, but I found the most engaging parts to be the brief moments of happiness.

I started reading it because….I kept reading it because…

I began reading this book because it was on a summer reading list for school. Just after I decided that I was going to stop reading it, my friend, who had also read the book, encouraged me to pick it up again. Once I was past the half-way point, I felt much more engaged in the story and I enjoyed it a lot more.

Gut Reaction:

My gut reaction to this book was honestly to put it down and read something else. It starts off rather slow, and this continues for much longer than most so called ‘slow start’ books I have read. It definitely gets better as it continues though.

What you loved/hated/couldn’t get enough of…

Probably the most interesting part of the book was the author’s rather odd use of grammar. Much of the common punctuation is simply missing from the book, for instance, speech marks are not in any part of the story even when the characters are talking to each other. This creates an interesting effect and adds to the dark feel, as if those pieces of grammar have been destroyed as much else in the book’s world has. I honestly loved this book as it was so powerful; the author used not just the methods of storytelling, but manipulated the mechanics of writing itself in order to make a solid theme.

If the main character were stuck on a deserted island, they would…

If the man (who was never actually given a name) was stuck on a desert island, he would probably immediately begin finding the best plan to survive. In the story, he took many risks but was always extremely methodical in everything he did. This innate survival skill would be perfect for a desert island.


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Editor's Note: This book has also been made into a film. Both the book and the film are part of the Library's adult collection. 



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