John Ho

Rating: 4 out of 4 Stars

The Road is about a journey of a boy and his father, who try to survive in a world without life. There was a cover-theroad-blazeunexplained disaster and civilization has been wiped out. There are rarely any signs of life, such as trees and organisms in the water. The mother of the boy committed suicide because of the depression that resulted after the disaster. The father is very intelligent and knows how to survive extreme conditions. The weather is getting extremely cold and the two cannot survive another winter like this so they set off for the “Southeastern” United States, meaning what used to be Southeastern U.S. because it is warmer there. His father would rather have his son suicide than be kidnapped and eaten alive, because there are cannibals roaming around that would do some unreal things to them. Soon the father dies and the boy has to survive on his own from starvation and kidnapping. Three days later, a man finds the boy. The man has been searching for him and the father for some time. The boy is invited to join the family and he does.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I normally don’t like reading books but after I picked up this book, it was hard for me to drop the book. I thought it was a good time to read this book because in class, we were reading All the Pretty Horses, which is also the author for The Road. There was a lot of action in this book. However, it was very gloomy and sort of inhumane. The things that happen to the kidnapped freaked me out a bit. An example is a situation where captives are locked in a basement or a human baby being roasted for food.

The style of this book was similar to All the Pretty Horses. He has a basic, rough style of writing. When the characters are talking, he doesn’t use the quotation marks. In All the Pretty Horses, he used names such as John Grady and Rawlins, but in this book, he just uses the names “the man”, “the boy”, “the mom”, and etc. This is the most case for his other books, such as Blood Meridian when he uses the name “the kid”. 200px-cormac_mccarthy_promo2

Charles “Cormac” McCarthy was born on July 20, 1933 in Providence, Rhode Island. McCarthy is an American novelist and playwright. He is arguably known as the greatest American writer of all time, often compared to William Faulkner. McCarthy graduated from the University of Tennessee as a liberal arts major and also joined the United States Air Force for four years. McCarthy is often considered a loner because he considers a lot of other writers strange. His works has received many awards and honors. The Road received the Pulitzer Prize in 2007. In 2005, his book No Country for Old Men was also filmed into a movie in 2007, and has won 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. All the Pretty Horses won a National Book Award in 1992. Blood Meridian was among Time Magazine’s 100 best English Language books from 1925 and 2005.


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