The Road

The Road

Book - 2006
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Random House, Inc.

The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive.

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.

New York Times Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year
The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Denver Post, The Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York, People, Rocky Mountain News, Time, The Village Voice, The Washington Post

Baker & Taylor
In a novel set in an indefinite, futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, a father and his young son make their way through the ruins of a devastated American landscape, struggling to survive and preserve the last remnants of their own humanity.

Publisher: New York : Vintage International, c2006
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780307387899
Branch Call Number: FIC MCC
Characteristics: 287 p. ;,21 cm.


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ReadingAdviser_Lori Mar 07, 2018

This book made me think about what might happen in a post-apocalyptic world. The Road won many prizes including the Pulitzer in 2007.

In a novel set in an indefinite, futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, a father and his young son make their way through the ruins of a devastated American landscape, struggling to survive and preserve the last remnants of their own humanity.

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LoganLib_JennyI Oct 08, 2018

A well-deserved winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2007, "The Road" is a post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son trying to survive a brutal world with minimal resources. McCarthy's prose is first class. He blends vivid descriptions of a desolate landscape with flashbacks of family life and an urgent father/son love that must drive the son to come of age too early. Themes of isolation, hope and primal survivalist mentality flood the pages.
In 2009 the book was adapted into an Academy Award nominated film by the same name starring Viggo Mortensen, Robert Duvall, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Charlize Theron.

Sep 08, 2018

So good. I finished this book a couple of days ago. While I usually write a review shortly after finishing a book, I couldn't with this book. It's so rich, touching, haunting, it says something between the lines. It left me without concrete thoughts to review and required some time to let things settle in my brain.
The world in this book is sparse, the writing style is sparse. It works well together. The world comes alive through the sparseness of the words.

How would we react in a world that is bleak, bare, dangerous?

Cormac McCarthy has a way of writing that brings the bleakness& bareness of this world alive, while somehow keeping a sliver of hope. It's wonderfully done.

This is a story that will remain with me.

Jul 28, 2018

An intensely felt and disturbing story that I would read again, if I had the nerve. It is so much more personally experienced than the movie, if you've seen that. To be inside the head of the central character, the father, and to see his child discover the true nature of the world he's been born into is shattering.

Jul 27, 2018

A post-apocalyptic survival story about a father and sun slowly navigating through the perilous wasteland that was once the United States. In addition to scavenging former settlements for food and supplies, they are also looking for others like them -- "the good guys," if any still exist.

I've read and enjoyed some other McCarthy ('All the Pretty Horses'), and I wanted to like this more than I did, but there just wasn't enough substance to draw me in and keep me fully engaged. It felt very flat, as though narrated by a disinterested observer. Like some other readers, I too found the ending somewhat too convenient. Sad, as I love a good survival story.

May 12, 2018

One of the best novels on the human condition ever written. Apocalyptic novels abound but this is one of the few that takes it to the deeply personal level. The journey is painful but with love survival to see the light is possible, there will always be a few good guys. Very sparse writing and the imagery is very realistic and disturbing, I looked for the cause but could never find it, only the effect is presented. A great writer!

Apr 30, 2018

A bleak novel about the day after the (never fully explained) apocalypse. America (or at least the United States) is completely destroyed. A father and son journey across the devastated landscape, on the one road, avoiding bandits and those who’ve turned cannibal, hoping to find the sea (maybe there’s a way out, there) and other people who have not lost hope. Their love for one another is what redeems this nightmarish tale. The writing is pared down (there are no apostrophes), stark, and as simple and desolate as the plot.

Apr 10, 2018

Holy cow! I got so into this book, it is great, the end had me cryimg like a baby! I wish it didn't end I wanted the story to keep going!!!



ReadingAdviser_Lori Mar 07, 2018

This book made me think about what might happen in a post-apocalyptic world. The Road won many prizes including the Pulitzer in 2007.

RogerDeBlanck Jan 31, 2018

Over the course of a long and distinguished career, Cormac McCarthy’s work has established him among the elite in American literature. Tracing Western themes in past and contemporary milieus, he has created his own mythology of tough American figures etching their rugged and oftentimes brutally violent presence along the borderland region of the Southwest. In perhaps his most personally revealing novel, The Road takes a grave look at the future. The novel may be a divergence from the settings of McCarthy’s previous body of work, but his prose ascends to a profoundly new level of artistry as he charts the travails of an unnamed father and his son through a post-apocalyptic world of burned-out cities and ash-covered landscapes. This is a story of unimaginable devastation, but it is also a tale of remarkable survival and ultimately an unforgettable portrait of love between father and son. The tragedy that has befallen the world in The Road forces the father and son to encounter great suffering, yet McCarthy’s imagery and descriptions, though terrifying in their vision, contain a beauty that is heartbreaking and unbearable. It’s as though his language proclaims the stubbornness of life against the void capable within the hands of human destructiveness. Here is one example: “By day the banished sun circles the earth like a grieving mother with a lamp.” In this world of death and demise, seemingly without hope, McCarthy asserts a precaution of future nuclear holocaust. In doing so, he points out a biblical-like truth about the Earth: “The frailty of everything revealed at last.” This is a disturbing book, but the love generated between the father and his son places goodness against the disaster the world has become. The poetic beauty McCarthy finds in the madness will grip readers and

Jan 19, 2018

Post-apocalyptic setting that is disturbing from beginning to end. Very interesting writing style that allows the reader to imagine the scenes being described with great detail (even though those scenes are sometimes horrifying.) I couldn't put the book down. Probably will not appeal to everyone's tastes...if you like this genre, you will like this book.

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ArapahoeSusanW Oct 08, 2016

So many people rate this highly, but I just couldn't appreciate a graphic depiction of a post apocalyptic America. Maybe it was my state of mind but when I read, I don't want something dead depressing no matter how well written.

jackjackattack95 Jul 19, 2014

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

Apr 14, 2010

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


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Aug 22, 2014

Violence: Mild. A man is shot in the head, some injuries.


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