I found the overriding theme of the book to be “hope.” For me, the boy represented “hope” and the man, his father, represented the “past.” The “past” must die and “hope” moves us forward to a place beyond the end of this book. Also, you’ll notice that “hope” continues to challenge “the past” over ethical questions as well as practical ones. The road, of course, is all of our lives, which move on inexorably and which transcend any one life. It’s the path through the “bad guys” to the “good guys.”
I also found the book to be incredibly Irish, obsessed with death and immersed in the dregs of society, yet inexplicably up beat in its meaning. I thought the book beautifully written and fascinating.
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