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The Road

If you ever want to feel hungry. Read this book. If you ever spend spare moments wondering how you'd survive an apocalypse. Read this book. If you've ever wanted an insight into father/son bonds. Read this book.

However, if you want a story arc. Don't read this book.

 The Road is different to any other story I've ever read. I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked it up. I'm not even sure why I picked it up as it's very much what I would consider at first glance to be a "man book". (I was wrong on that judgement by the way.) But, I did pick it up, and I was taken on a journey altogether unique in relation to what I've spent time reading before.
The journey here is emotional. A father and son find themselves surviving day to day on nothing, surrounded by nothing, with nothing to look forward to. Therefore, any story there is is very repetitive: find food, guard food, eat food tentitively.
Danger comes and goes without unnecessary confrontation. Small goals achieved are celebrated with a rare can of coke. And the ending comes as a heartbreak even though you see it coming from page 1.

I loved The Road. It is probably going down as one of my favourite books. I thought it was very real in a very unreal situation. The writing was so tense in the characterisation and emotion that I felt that I was there beside the father and son, trekking day to day hoping I would find somewhere safe to rest and perhaps something to eat. The descriptions were so good I pictured everything as if I had already seen it before. I couldn't put it down because I wanted to know what they would come across next: Whether the sick father could still protect his son from the cannibals. Whether the son would overcome his fear and naivety. Whether there really would be anything in the south...

The book was brilliant, but I don't think I would recommend it to everyone. You really have to remove yourself from any expectation of traditional story writing and see the subtle character developments as the main reason for reading. You really have to buy in to the relationship between father and son. I don't think that's necessarily for everyone, but if you're going to try, The Road is very much worth the effort!

P.S
(There is a film made of this book. I haven't seen it, but those who have say its very good and true to the book. Maybe worth a look if you're interested but don't fancy reading it!)

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