Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Book Review - The Road
However, since I'm challenging myself to read all the Pulitzer Prize winners in fiction as part of my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50, I checked the book out of the library and re-read it on our flights to and from Ohio for a recent vacation
There were quite a few things that I didn't remember about the book: there are no chapters, simply extra space between sections; some of the sections are simply a two-sentence paragraph; and, there's no punctuation for dialogue. While I'm not fond of this format, I must admit it works really well with this story.
This postapocalyptic story follows a man and his son as they trek south to the coast. The country is burned and they have to scavenge for food and shelter and clothes as they avoid gangs in this lawless wasteland. I did remember correctly that the story just goes on and on as they slowly make progress south, defending themselves with a pistol when necessary, running out of food, eating whatever is available, sheltering under a tarp to avoid rain, and covering with ratty blankets to keep out the never-ceasing cold because the sun can't penetrate the gray ash that covers everything and floats in the air all around them.
What I didn't remember, however, was the desire to keep reading, the hope that (even though I already knew the ending) they would somehow find the answer to how to not only survive, but to begin to rebuild and restore the world that was lost. I also didn't remember how sensitive the boy was and his desire to help others, despite the fact that he was starving and never sure who was a "good guy" or a "bad guy." [Spoiler Alert!] The story doesn't really end, it just stops and leaves the reader wondering how the boy fairs as he continues on after his father's death. Yet, honestly, despite the dreariness of the book, I like to think that he grew up and somehow found sunlight and happiness.
Have you read The Road? Please share your thoughts about it in the comments.