Walk on Down The Road

the roadI just finished reading Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement and I must say that I was a bit disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I love Amy Tan’s writing and I have read several of her novels — The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Hundred Secret Senses, and The Kitchen God’s Wife (my favourite!) — but I found her newest book to be a little tedious, long and predictable. [SIGH] When I finished the book, I wanted to read something completely different. So…

…after some minutes of searching our bookshelves, I came across The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Yes, this is just the change of pace I was looking for, I exclaimed to the cat, I’ve wanted to read this for a while and now is as good a time as any!

Well, I wasn’t too far into the story (page 71 to be exact) when I began to think that this was NOT the right time to be reading this post-apocalyptic tale — current events being what they are, added to the despair I was experiencing.

The flow of the McCarthy’s narrative is easy to fall into, and the writing is exceptional — so good, in fact, that I was overtaken with a sense of dread almost from the first paragraph. For me, when I experience strong emotions of any kind, as I read a novel, I feel that the author has a special gift — the ability to bring a story to life, to evoke a visceral response through the written word. This was true for The Road — I felt as if I was living it! I felt the cold, the hunger and witnessed the stark, grey devastation of smoking destruction. The gloom and trepidation hung heavy on me as I trudged along with the man and the boy, searching for hope…

That dark sense of doom stayed with me throughout the story and when I was done, I wanted nothing more than to curl up with a fuzzy blanket, and hold on to my loved ones and cuddle with the cat! But I do think that The Road is a great read — it’s just not a happy, light, walk in the park. I would recommend it — but read at your own risk!

Read my review of The Road on Goodreads.