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The Road

McCarthy, Cormac (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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: 0307265439
9780307265432
Statement of Responsibility: Cormac McCarthy
Subject Headings: Survival Fiction. Regression (Civilization) Fiction. Voyages and travels Fiction. Fathers and sons Fiction.
Genre/Form: Robinsonades.
Topical Term: Survival
Regression (Civilization)
Voyages and travels
Fathers and sons
LCCN: 2006023629
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Aug 11, 2014
  • mainjr rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

THE GIST: A father and his boy travel through a ravaged and scorched America, overrun with street gangs, rapists and cannibals, in a journey to follow the road to the ocean shore in search of lost hope, only accompanied by each other.

If someone had asked me how Cormac McCarthy’s hauntingly beautiful novel ‘The Road’ coloured me after reading it over the span of just three days, I might have said, “with 50 shades of grey,” but the novel is much too great to expend a cheap literary joke on. Indeed, McCarthy paints his post-apocalyptic burned-down America with a varied colour palette of grey, light grey, and dark grey, yet his prose and characters ooze vibrantly and he evokes all the emotions on the emotional spectrum with every sentence in this stunning exploration of human virtue.

“By day the banished sun circles the earth like a grieving mother with a lamp.” This is one of many carefully crafted sentences in ‘The Road,’ that either hit you with uneasy fear, hopeless brooding, head-thumping adrenaline, or a sliver of hope with the help of McCarthy’s razor sharp vocabulary. However, one thing to note is that he discards almost all uses of punctuation save the period, his immersive writing as sparse as the setting itself.

The plot of the ‘adventure’ (the plan to get to the ocean shore) is a sneaky Trojan horse to showcase The Road’s characters: the father and son (who are never named) are the true stars of the show. The short philosophical dialogues they exchange throughout the novel are the bones of the novel, which explore themes like hope, fear, death and love, in such a way that a family man and philosophy university professor can both take something out of it.

Read it. Then read it again. Yes, ‘The Road’ makes virtually every other book in its genre look like ’50 Shades of Grey.’ I may be exaggerating, but I am not exaggerating when I say I believe it is one of the finest achievements in modern literature. 10/10

Aug 04, 2014
  • jwilson01 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The book is kind of slow but was worth it in the end. It's one of those books that you think about when it's done and you're like, okay...that was good. The movie is pretty good too, but the kid in it is annoying. You would think a kid who grew up in that environment would be tougher than this character!

Jul 19, 2014
  • jackjackattack95 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A slow read at first, but there are a lot of passages worth analyzing. You get to learn a lot about the characters too and how they approach this post-apocalyptic setting.

I returned this book at gresham 7/16/14

Jul 11, 2014
  • Maroon_Zebu_2 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Once I had finished the book, I reflected for a long time on its meaning, characters, themes, and the author's intent. I do appreciate the novel. With sparse language and punctuation, few events of note, bleak imagery, and choppy sentences, it was entirely McCarthy's intention for the reader to be miserable and depressed while reading; however, I did not like that feel, and while actually reading the book, I found myself not wanting to continue. Furthermore, if one can barrel all the way through the novel, one may be able to find some worth, but until then, it is simply unenjoyable.

Jun 02, 2014
  • A_48 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The journey of the man and the boy is timeless! The movie was good too!

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.

Apr 06, 2014
  • 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.

Mar 27, 2014
  • 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!

Mar 03, 2014
  • 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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Jul 19, 2014
  • jackjackattack95 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A boy and his father struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic United States.

May 03, 2010
  • westiestimestwo rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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

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Jun 12, 2013
  • BrickBook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Sep 26, 2009
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