Loved it. Gorgeous, controlled, poetic writing. Loved the pacing and the structure of the short sections. Loved that the flashbacks have punctuation because punctuation=civilization, and the present post-apocalyptic sections have minimal punctuation=breakdown of civilization. The charaterization through dialogue and the slow revelation of the themes was fabulous. Such an interesting voice. It's been a long time since I encountered unfamiliar vocabulary in fiction.
Grim, though, very grim. It reminded me of one of my favorite movies <i>The Road Warrior</i> though <i>The Road</i> is far more elegant and heartrending.
Extremely suspenseful. I read it before going to bed which was a big mistake. I couldn't sleep because it pushed all my buttons--cold, hunger, darkness, sole survivor in a post-apocalypse world, and zombies and/or cannibals. And McCarthy's cannibals were worse than the usual because they rape you before they kill and eat you.
I couldn't stop thinking about the book when I was reading it and could't wait to get back to it when I got home. When I finished, I went back to the opening and re-read it. I was still thinking about the book days after I finished it.
This was my first Cormac McCarthy. I'm looking forward to reading more.