I dare you to find any missteps in The Road. It's an airtight classic.
The novel won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It scored a 90 out of 100 on 31 Metacritic reviews. Oprah Winfrey added it immediately to her "Book Club" and went to Sana Fe, New Mexico to be the first (and only) to interview Cormac McCarthy on television.
You'll get no complaints about the writing from Oprah or me.
There are some who find the material "depressing," like my mother-in-law, but I dare say it is a novel of hope. The dialogue between the father and son is heartfelt. After all, a key theme of The Road is sacrifice, the father giving up his life to protect the son. How is that depressing?
There are some who find the material cliche, with all the post-apocalyptic books and films coming out in the last 10 years: A Canticle for Leibowitz, Y: The Last Man, The Book of Eli, Zombieland. But, I think, The Road is more thoughtful and filled with much better prose than all of the others. It's not pure...
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