Friday, 30 August 2013

Book Club - The Road

“People were always getting ready for tomorrow. I didn't believe in that. Tomorrow wasn't getting ready for them. It didn't even know they were there." 

The Road is a postmodern book. I know very little about postmodern literature, so it was quite the eye opener, it shouldn't put anyone off! The book is a post apocalyptic tale of the bond between father and son as they travel down a road in search of survival on the coast of America.

The book is one long stream of short sentences, minimal dialogue and no speech marks. I read it quickly over the weekend and was hooked. However, I wasn't hooked on the characters or their bond, like I was supposed to be - but mainly because I like the finality of reaching the end of a chapter. I enjoyed this book, but I didn't love it. I reached the end and kind of just shrugged. I think the power of this book lies in the when the horrific descriptions of cannibalism and post apocalyptic society set against the continual tarnishing of the boy's innocence. By not using names, and having very little context to the end of the world, the book allows your imagination to work overtime, making it doubly haunting.

It isn't a joyful read, but it is a good book. One which won't take you much time and which will leave you full of questions.

6 comments:

  1. It'd be interesting to see how the book translate to the movie screen. Have you looked into seeing the movie? Or has reading the book made you not interested in the movie?
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  2. It'd be interesting to see how the book translate to the movie screen. Have you looked into seeing the movie? Or has reading the book made you not interested in the movie?
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    1. No I've not seen it, I did look up the reviews and it didn't look terrible. I guess because I don't hold the book in any super high regard I wouldn't mind seeing the film xxx

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  3. An apocalyptic future you say? Sounds like my kinda read (do love a bit of SF). I avoided the film when it was released because I planned on reading it first, years later it's still on the 're read' list! X

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    1. Hahaha that has happened to me with so many books! xxx

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