When I went off to Spain, I took a few books with me, thinking that I would be able to pass the slow moments by reading books that have been on my list for quite some time. One of the books I took with me not only turned out to be a great book, but actually one of my favorite books I’ve ever read.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy is a Pulitzer-Prize winning novel about a man and his young son living in a post apocalyptic world. Normally, I hate books without chapter breaks, but it works very well in this case. The writing just flows, uninterrupted, right off the page. That is how I read the book. One sitting, uninterrupted. It has been a very long time since I have done that with a book, but I must say that The Road completely deserves the attention I gave it.
A lot of literature struggles between being popular and being intellectual, but The Road perfectly navigates that balance. It is bleak, powerful, and fully captivating.