Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize winning The Road is literally a book about not much (as some other reviewers have noted) and it is a book about love, fear, despair, hope and sacrifice - which is everything a great book should be about. It is both bleak and engrossing.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world of death and destruction that makes Mel Gibson's iconic The Road Warrior look like a hopeful romp along Sesame Street, The Road is bleak and spare, but I was driven to keep reading because I wanted to know two things: what caused the world to end and what happens to this boy and his father. I plowed through it in near record time and only one of my questions was answered.
I rated this book 4 stars out of a possible 5.
Reviewed on June 11, 2010
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