Bookish Notes: The Road by Cormac McCarthy


Why the heck I choose to read Cormac McCarthy's The Road as my last book of the year I don't know. But once I started reading, couldn't put it down. McCarthy's writing pulled me deep into the apocalyptic world of the man and boy and their journey through a devastated world, bleak and dangerous, full of obstacles to overcome from nature itself and the people left behind. I began to wonder what and why? Why did the man need to get to the coast? What was he expecting to find there? Who was he expecting to find? When they found safe places with water and food, why didn't they stay here. What would I have done in his place? I, for one, would have hunkered down in the bunker and stayed there. What was this great need to keep going? It was bleak and dark, but full of perseverance, hope, love, and goodness in the face of evil. I'm glad I finally read it. 

"He pulled the boy closer. Just remember that the things you put into your head are there forever, he said. You might want to think about that. You forget some things, don't you? Yes. You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget."



  1. I don't know if you remember me. I did the challenge back in 2010, and tried and failed in 2011 and 2012. I think I might be coming back for 2022! Anyway, I read The Road back in 2011. Here's a link to the write-up I did back then:

    1. Oh my gosh, yes I do. Wonderful to hear from you and glad you are thinking of joining for 2022. Wonderful right up on The Road.


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