The Road by Cormac Mccarthy
Reviewed by Tom Chiarella
"The cinematic and literary versions of the postapocalyptic world always include hardy bands of survivors who somehow manage to stumble upon remarkable stores of weapons, food, and useful cultural toys. Sure, vampires or zombies or marauding motorcyclists prowl the landscape, but their presence always seems a small price to pay, a sort of puzzle for the multiracial, gender-balanced survivors to deal with before they set up the groundwork for the new world. Enter Cormac McCarthy, the elemental prose stylist of our time, with his new novel, The Road, a book so intensely unlike his previous work that you might be left wondering if this really is the same author of those hard-bitten west-Texas narratives Blood Meridian and All the Pretty Horses." Read the entire Esquire review.