Thoughts on The Road

The Road by Cormac McCarthyI just finished The Road by Cormac McCarthy, after reading how it inspired a new song by one of my favorite artists. This book received a Pulitzer Prize a few years back, and I checked it out of the library looking forward to some good recreational sci-fi/fantasy reading.  Boy, was I in for a shock.

The Road tells the story of a nameless father and son as they journey through a wasted and barren post-apocalyptic world looking for food, shelter, and hope.  It is a bleak, disturbing, brilliant tale, and not for the faint of heart.  I’m serious – I couldn’t sleep after reading parts of this book.

Yet within its horror-stricken and despairing pages, The Road wrestles with some very familiar spiritual themes – the bond between father and son, what it truly means to be human, the plight of a self-orphaned race living in a reality in which “nobody wants to be here and nobody wants to leave” (p. 143).

And adoption.  The book concludes with one of the most moving pictures of adoption I’ve ever encountered.  It left me weeping, thinking of my own children, including Sonja Ruth – in orphan’s bed, or mother’s womb, or wherever she is today. It strengthened my resolve to stay this calling and this course, to “carry the fire” for her.

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Simon Miner

About Simon Miner

I am a songwriter, pianist, and (would-be) singer who, along with my family and church community, created The Dwelling Place Project to raise adoption awareness and support.

2 thoughts on “Thoughts on The Road

  1. I love his writing, when I picked up an old copy of ‘All the Pretty Horses’ from the library I was bowled over by it and went on to read more of his work. I haven’t read this yet, just an interview about it and waiting for the right moment to step right in and absorb it as its meant to be read.

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