Chapter 1: The Empty Walk pages 3-47

Now, personally me not being familiar with McCarthy’s style of writing. This book didn’t have chapters which stunned me. So, I’ve gotten creative by making up my own chapters to help stay focus better on the novel.. so there being a total of 286 pages in all I simply divided it by six, making it six sections in all The book called ‘The Road”, by author Cormac McCarthy is a post-apocalyptic novel meaning a catastrophe. This novel, somehow doesn’t quite catch my attention as any other book would have but little by little as I read further into the novel, My interest in the book slowly rise by so much. So moving alone, I know by common sense the novel is about “A father and his son walk alone through burned America”. As I see major disaster that has caused a total breakdown of society. At the opening of the novel, the narrator refers to a man only by naming him through pronouns, such as he and him. This man has awakened in the woods. He is with a young child. And it is cold and extremely dark. Even the days lack sunshine, as the skies are heavy with ash. The lack of light the man likens to a mythical, dreamlike journey through the insides of some beast. The man’s clothes stink, and the only shelter the man and boy have is a plastic tarpaulin. They have been on the move for years with so much pain, love determination and sacarfice. They walk along a road in a post-apocalyptic future. Around them, everything is dead or dying. Between sunup and sundown, the sky’s color changes by only a few shades of gray. It’s numbingly cold, and ash falls from the sky nearly all the time. The reader is never told what could have caused the world to turn out like this, but it’s not hard to imagine that it could be a nuclear explosion. In the end, it doesn’t much matter what caused it all, because there is life to attend to. The little boy needs to be fed and protected, and the father devotes himself to that. There are other survivors, but it’s hard to tell who “the good guys” are, those “who carry the fire.” McCarthy ventures into the deepest, darkest recesses of the human heart, and chronicles what he sees in vivid, yet restrained prose. Some survivors engage in cannibalism; others have organized in armies, red scarves at their necks, killing and stealing and rampaging; slavery reappears; and through all this madness the father must find food and protect his little boy. I had to put this book down a couple of times because I was not sure I could finish it. But I cared about the characters far too much to stay away, and so I picked it up again and finished it in one sitting. What Cormac McCarthy has done in his new novel is difficult, brave, and incredibly well-executed. A masterpiece.

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