“A father and his young son walk alone through burned America, heading slowly for the coast. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. They have nothing but a pistol to defend themselves against the men who stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food – and each other.”
Once I started, I could not put this novel down. Not only was the landscape vividly drawn in a dystopic, post-apocalytpic North America, but the limited cast of characters were haunting and powerful in there desperation. The prose is lean and fashioned in a way that echoes the stark reality of their world. And while the McCarthy weaves together a gripping and utterly heart-stopping plot, he also explores important themes of survival, reliance, family, truth, honour, belonging, determination, trust and love. Terrifyingly beautiful.