The Road

The Road - Cormac McCarthy I really struggled to get into this book. The writing style is weird and there's no dialogue markers and the author tends to go off on a tangent with florid words that bored me and went right over my head. I'm not a fan of poetry so there were a couple of paragraphs that I just didn't get and skipped completely. I don't understand why this book won so many awards, but then again... I'm not a literati...

The reason I read books are 98% for the story, so at the end of the day I did kind of enjoy the book. You don't know anyone's names so it's difficult to build a relationship with the characters, and when they talk it all just flows into each other and you don't know who says what. Although that irritated me, I could appreciate it as it kind of makes you think that it could have been said by either of them and it shows the maturity level of the child... though he irritated me quite a bit always trying to stop his father from doing what needed to be done because he was always scared. I understand that it's a scary world, but after everything they've been through you'd think that he understood. Then again I don't know how old the child was, so maybe I'm just being harsh...

Anyway, there's no happy ending and no silver lining, and at the end of the day I didn't really enjoy the book as much as the rest of the world. It's basically a father and his son walking through a barren and broken world having to deal with bad people and trying to survive (God knows why at this point) and not catching a break. There's no point to the story except to tell people what the author thinks of humanity and what we would become in this situation.