I just finished The Road this evening. It is one of the most beautifully written books I have read. The words he uses are apt and poetic.
The story is one of the end of the world. There has been some sort of a natural disaster that has left the world in a cloud of ash. It could have been an asteroid or many volcanoes though it is not clear at all in the book. The sun has been blotted out. The food chain has been interrupted as there is no light available for plants. The story takes place about 7 years after the event.
It is the story of a father and son who walk, searching for food and hope. Their relationship is touching. They are everything to one another.
The descriptions are engrossing. You can feel how the protagonists feel throughout. There are many scenes that stayed with me hours after I put the book down for the night.
I will not write anything about the ending unless someone else has read it and wants to discuss it.
It is beautiful, somber, depressing, and it can envelop you if you read it without distraction. I will read it again and I will probably enjoy it even more because I know what is coming next and can just immerse myself in the writing.
I kept an active list of words to look up written on my bookmark.