Saturday, June 16, 2007
42. "The Road" - Cormac McCarthy
One could say that this novel about what happens years after the apocalypse is a metaphor for life; thus, it is Cormac McCarthy's swan song of his own dark travels.
But such analysis is banal when faced with the horror this book invokes. A father and son, alive-but-just-barely, walking south to the coast after an unnamed worldwide catastrophic disaster kills off everything alive. This is the story of what happens when cows are extinct and no plant survives due to a blackout of the sun. Truly God-fearing, Bible-thumping apocalypse.
Humans become monsters. I cannot write that sentence without feeling its inadequacy. How about, humans become unrecognizable to the point that I felt like the pages were bleeding.
It is a novel without hope, but with daggers of light - kindness, beauty, strength. It is only by concentrating on those things that one is able to make it past the first few chapters.
Special books cast a scar upon the reader. This one would be placed near my heart... or across my wrists.
4.9 out of 5.0 Red Deaths.
Entry altered to include this as a banned book. If it isn't already, it will be soon.