On the road to better things?
The road by Cormac McCarthy
“There were few nights lying in the dark that he did not envy the dead.”
The world in The road is a world we don’t want to live in; there’s no harvest, there are no animals, there’s no safety. Barely anything and anyone is alive. The ones who are alive are trying to survive.
Father and son, without names, follow the road to the coast in the hope of finding a better life. The father knows it’s probably a long shot and there won’t be anything else besides the dystopian world they are in right now. To the son, however, it gives a bit of hope.
Message to humanity
They say all is fair in love and war (big disagreement), is everything also fair when the world has perished? This book is moving, terrifying, and emotional – all at the same time. As a reader, you get a certain message about humanity. Do you choose for yourself or are there other options? Do good and bad exist? And… is there light at the end of the
McCarthy is known for his harsh stories about the world/people. In The road he shows us what it’s like for the common man to survive in a dystopia. McCarthy is able to describe the landscape (what’s left of it) in such a way that you, as a reader, imagine yourself on the road. It definitely makes you wonder and especially now while we slowly destroy our planet (climate change): will the world ever become like this?
Are you ready to read it?
The story is merciless and terrifying but at the same time, it’s beautiful and moving to read about this relationship between father and son. It’s not for everyone but if you want to read about humanity within a desperate situation, then this is your book.