Monday, August 30, 2010
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
This is a novel so bleak and harrowing that you never learn the names of the two main characters. A father and son struggle to survive under such bleak circumstances that even the father's identity has been stripped away to the extent that at one point, encountering his reflection in a mirror, he nearly raises his pistol to shoot himself.
At least 6 or 7 years have gone by after a cataclysmic event covers the world in ash, blots out the sun, and destroys all plant life. What remains in the ruins of habitation has been thoroughly, desperately, plundered for any objects of sustenance or survival.
Before the novel ended, I found myself wondering whether all slivers of hope would also be a casualty in their lives.
Terribly brutal but still strangely fascinating to read!
And here's a few photos that seemed to capture the mood of this novel.