On 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy (2006)

The Road

Bleak.  Harsh.  These words are actually not strong enough to evoke the world of ‘The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy.  I didn’t count, but the words ‘dead’ and ‘ash’ must each appear hundreds of times in the novel.

It’s the story of a man and his young son, somehow still alive after apocalyptical catastrophe, along with a few other humans and little else.  They don’t have names, but they do have some memories, and they are heading toward the coast, barely staying alive.  Despite it all, you can’t help but care about what will happen to these two wanderers, pushing their four-wheeled shopping cart along the road.

This is perhaps in exercising how much one can strip away and still leave some recognizable humanity.  Or perhaps it’s a reminder of all we take for granted; easy access to food and shelter, safety, cooperation & trust.  Or it’s the hope that the next generation will hold the older ones to their best ideals, not let them slip.

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