Saturday, June 2, 2007

The Road

Title: The Road
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Vintage, 2006

This year's Pulitzer winner is looking forward instead of backwards, which is refreshing in itself. A man and his son is walking south on a desolate road in a bleak future. It is never made clear what has happened but mankind is almost obliterated and what is left of it is something to be feared. The sun is seldom seen and the world is grey and cold. Food is scarce. The setting in this dismal future does nothing so much as offer a backdrop for the real story: what happens to people when we are stripped bare of everything that has defined us as superior and human? What is left when we become unmoored and how does the lack of the outer signs of our humanity warp us?

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