A great short review of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, which has been hailed as his best novel thus far. Though, I remember reading that some longtime fans of McCarthy were disappointed with the work–to say why would be a spoiler.
“Can you do it? When the time comes? When the time comes there will be no time. Now is the time. Curse God and die. What if it doesnt fire? Could you crush that beloved skull with a rock? Is there such a being within you of which you know nothing? Can there be? Hold him in your arms. Just so. The soul is quick. Pull him toward you. Kiss him. Quickly.” (The Road by Cormac McCarthy)
In The Road, McCarthy creates the impression of a bleak, dying world by revealing the mind of the narrator, not the world itself. He mirrors the man’s confusion and bewilderment at a world falling apart by switching the narrative voice from third to the occasional first or second person and refusing to give either the man or his son a name. As the book progresses, the grammar and spelling dissolves, as if grammar is…
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