Wednesday 15 August 2007

the road

"the road" is about the travel of a father and his little son in a totally wasted land, almost without food and clothes. basically they have just each other. it's a vision of a post-apocalyptic era, everything has been burnt down and destroyed, the sun isn't shining anymore - just ash all over the place. there are nearly no people left anymore and marauding bands of cannibals are moving around. it's very difficult to find something to eat, as flora and fauna is dead and all the houses and supermarkets have been plundered years ago. every meeting with the few other humans might likely to end with violent death. in this environment the father and his son try to survive day by day - moving on towards their goal to reach the sea.

the book is about despair, about the will to live, about the will to die and about the unconditional love of a father for his son. the experiences are described very intense, and the atmosphere is dark and cold. questions about good and bad arise as well as about responsibilities and necessities. does it make sense to survive in a dying world?
you won't regret reading this book.

Best known for his Border Trilogy, hailed in the San Francisco Chronicle as "an American classic to stand with the finest literary achievements of the century," Cormac McCarthy has written ten rich and often brutal novels, including the bestselling No Country for Old Men, and The Road. Profoundly dark, told in spare, searing prose, The Road is a post-apocalyptic masterpiece, one of the best books we've read this year. (Daphne Durham)

author: cormac mccarthy
rowohlt (german), bloomsbury (english)


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