‘The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy. Brilliant? I’m not so convinced …

BOOK REVIEW: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road

3 stars out of 5

So, it’s taken me a long time to decide what star rating to give ‘The Road’ as I know that it is a favourite of so many people. For me, although I liked it, I just didn’t see the brilliance in it that others see, and I thought long and hard on why that is but maybe I’m just missing something? Or maybe it simply comes down to personal likes?

Regardless of the fact that maybe I am missing something, here are my thoughts: the writing in The Road, was, in an unusual way, simple, yet elegant at the same time. There was beauty in much of the story, but there were also times when the repetitiveness of the conversation between the man and the boy became annoying and almost ridiculous.

There really wasn’t much to the story and I know that that was the point, but it really lacked any kind of complexity, especially within the characters. And maybe McCarthy was stripping down the man and the boy to simple creatures who were just trying to survive in a world mostly destroyed and lacking, because that is what he believes they would become in that situation, but it just didn’t have the depth that I expected. Perhaps that is a part of my disappointment as well; my expectations were too high. We, as individuals may like to think that we aren’t swayed by the reputation of something but I think that it happens all the time. Seeds are planted in our minds from what we hear about a book (as well as many other things of course) and they do make a difference to how we view and analyse it. In this case, I believed that I would be reading something great, something that would make such an impact on me that the story would stay with me for a very long time, but it just didn’t turn out that way.

You can also find my review and star rating on Goodreads here.

Peace out!

Melissa-Jane Fogarty