- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 39 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: March 15, 2007
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000OCZ2MA
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As far as dystopian literature goes, this is quite a step.
The story of a father and his son, walking to the sea through a ravaged, cold and grey world, hoping to somehow, find a better place, doesn't leave much space for a happy ending. Bleak is truly bleak here, not a lot of silver linings!
And yet...and yet, this is a beautiful book.
The writing is fantastic, for starter. The style, with short and descriptive sentences, carries the story to perfection. It also has a poetic quality that softens what is said/described and gives it another dimension.
The real beauty of the novel isn't on the outside though, but resides inside, in the incredible bond uniting father and son, a love so deep and unconditional that it seems to erase age gap and life experience, to only focus on their desire to care for each other. This love and concomitant sense of humanity stripped to its essence, manage to give sense and meaning to their otherwise hopeless journey.
On a deeper level, it also seems to invite us to reflect on what makes a life meaningful: beyond a primal survival instinct, what makes life worth living even when there is no hope in sight? The Road's answer is that, ultimately, what matters isn't "what" makes your life, but "how" you choose to live that "what"...
Let me begin by saying I am not someone who regularly reads books. This was required reading for a class I was taking. That said, I really enjoyed this book. I was able to get a sense for the peril and desperation the two main characters felt. The constant search for food, and avoidance of random people was well described. The father’s lack of trust of people, and general paranoia mirror many people in this world, and I believe that is how a lot of people would be in a world ending scenario. The boy’s desire to help people, and to reach out instead of being alone is a good representation of the innocence that does still exist. Over all, I really enjoyed reading this book. I have recommended it to several others, and watched the movie to see how closely it follows the book. The book is better to me, though the movie is good in a different way.
As a father, this book caused my to reflect on every action the man took and think about the consequences for his son. Would I have made the same choices? What would I have done if that choice had resulted in the son's death? Was the journey to the sea worth it? How would I deal with "the burden" of having to physically, emotionally and spiritually protect my son? Or the burden of knowing I was dying and the helpless feeling of what would happen to my son?
I've seen other people critical of the man for not killing his boy to spare him from the evils of the this apocalyptic world. They fail to see that the "The Road" is not a book about evil, death or defeat. It is ultimately a book about hope. Hope, that in spite of all the evil that human beings are capable, life will triumph over death, good over evil. Killing him would have been killing life, hope and all that is good.
A poignant masterpiece that will rightly earn a place in the pantheon of American Literature.