What to say about The Road? What to say about a book that touched its every reader that hasn't been iterated and reiterated a hundred times before, in a thousand different ways?
Like so many literary sorts, genre fans familiar with apocalyptic fiction as like as regular old souls who like a good tale to take to bed with them, Cormac McCarthy's landmark last novel left me speechless, breathless, hopeless. A short, sharp shock of a story, The Road told of a man and a boy clinging to one another at the end of the world. With every other sliver of hope lost to them, they go South, towards the sea; towards nowhere in particular and everything, all at once.
Counter-intuitively, perhaps, for all the misery and isolation of McCarthy's Pulitzer prizewinner, it was, in the end, an uplifting sort of story. For all the cruel tragedy within its pages, The Road had a tender heart; for all its harsh reality, McCarthy wrote his simple, striking narrative with a soft touch.