rating: 5 of 5 stars
Set in the aftermath of a nuclear apocalypse that has left the world a burnt ruin, devoid of nearly all life, The Road follows a man and a boy as they travel south. The road is a dangerous and violent place, raided by gangs of psychopathic cannibals, and there is precious little food to be scavenged from the ruins. There are no animals, birds and the plant life is mostly dead, choked by ash.
Faced with such overwhelming despair, why are the man and the boy travelling? Is there any point in continuing the struggle for existence in a such aworld? How will the man use his two remaining bullets that he has in his pistol? Are they the good guys?
This is a bleak novel, without a doubt, and yet it is a extraordinarily powerful metaphor that only becomes apparent as the journey nears its conclusion. It is written in a spare and economical style that perfectly evokes the ruined world that the pair traverse.
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