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The Road

McCarthy, Cormac (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Road


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In this postapocalyptic novel, a father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. They sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food--and each other. This book boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. It is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.--From publisher description.
Authors: McCarthy, Cormac, 1933-
Title: The road
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 241 p. ;,25 cm.
Contents: Publisher description for "The road"
- "A searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food
and each other. The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation."
Summary: In this postapocalyptic novel, a father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. They sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food--and each other. This book boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. It is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.--From publisher description.
Awards & Distinctions: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2007
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ISBN: 9780307265432
0307265439
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Report This Apr 08, 2014
  • oO_Oo rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed reading this book, but it must not be that memorable because I got half way through before I realized I had already read it. Also, "enjoyed" isn't really the right word for a book with such a bleak vision of the future. The writing style is very different from other books I have read and took me a little while to get used to.

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  • funky_d rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

McCarthy creates a post-apocalyptic world of ash, cannibals and scavenging for food and gives us a father-son relationship story like no other. What I liked best about The Road is how little you find out about the characters, what really happened and what they expect to do with thier lives...yet, you learn a lot through very little dialogue and interaction between the two. A Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, The Road is clever, well crafted and has a good ending, The story takes its time getting started. Be patient. It delivers a good character-driven piece. This is my first McCarthy book and it won't be the last.

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  • DutchieRenske rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A story that leaves you wondering ... It wasn't 'fun' to read, but it kept me reading until the very end. Sometimes creeping me out, sometimes touching me. A different kind of book I normally read but surely a good book!

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  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Yet another book that probably suffered a little bit by the fact that I saw the film first. It's the journey as much as the ending that really gets you and knowing how this all pans out probably made the book have less of an impact for me. I remember that the movie ruined me so there wasn't much left for the book today. If you are reading this without having seen the movie or heard much about it you are in for a devastating story. It's a story of survival and of love in the bleakest possibly circumstances. Depending on how you feel about it you're either left desolate or left with some kind of hope. I tend to lean toward the latter feeling of the ending but it's a hope with no illusion. You know the odds are not good but you can't succumb to despair. "Carry the fire" and all that. It's a fantastic story, on film or on the page. Well worth the time and any frustration you may experience at the lack of punctuation or names.

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  • dkrmwiz rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

you don't really read this book, you watch it in your head. very powerful, never leaves you, only read it once. it's like the lovely bones. i've seen this movie, but not the lovely bones yet. not sure if i can... i was so tired after reading it (in a good way), i wonder how tired he was after writing it...

"Cormac McCarthy's The Road is one of the best-known works of post-apocalyptic fiction: in addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize and being selected for Oprah's book club, it was made into a movie starring Viggo Mortensen. Set in a futuristic and definitively post-apocalyptic world, a father and his young son are making their way on foot through a devastated American landscape. The sun is obscured by ash and the land is dead; many of the few survivors have resorted to cannibalism, and father and son have only each other in this violent, horrific world. Though beautifully written, The Road is not for the faint of heart." Fiction A to Z November 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=700674

Report This Oct 23, 2013
  • Jane60201 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I don't care for gratuitous violence and I guess I don't like gratuitous suffering either. There is enough suffering in this world without needing to make up more.

Report This Oct 11, 2013
  • madmikethb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Many people consider "Blood Meridian" to be McCarthy's masterpiece. Though that novel does have a lot going for it, I personally found this book to be more compelling.

Report This Aug 29, 2013
  • gvlee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you are a parent, this story will break your heart. The setting is grim and the atrocities that take place are horror filled. But it is the fierce and tender love between father and son that will pierce your heart. Don't let the poetic style at the beginning of the book dissuade you. As the story goes on, it makes you start to care deeply about what happens to the father and son and how they survive. Keep a box of Kleenex at your side. You will need it towards the end.

Report This Aug 18, 2013
  • ritichavez rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very dark, post apocalyptic but very well written. I was in suspense throughout the whole book.

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Pulitzer Prize, Oprah's Book club, apocalypse, cannibalism, fathers and sons, Nuclear war, survival, hard to read

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