The Road

The Road

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307265432
Branch Call Number: MCCARTHY C
Characteristics: 241 p. ; 25 cm


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"The Father' in this apocalyptic novel by McCarthy will do absolutely anything to keep his son alive, a trait which makes him an outstanding father.

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Aug 23, 2017

I have never read a book written like this. Quick read that kept me interested the entire time. Yes, it is a little dark, but I did not feel it was depressing.

Jul 02, 2017

For me, the story shows the worst of man (violence, cannibalism) and the best which is the father's tenderness and fierce love his son and how desperate circumstances affect everyone differently. I hope we never have to experience what happens in this post-apocalyptic scenario.

It should be a must read for whomever has the proverbial finger on the button.

Jun 23, 2017

Super easy and fast to read, but the story will stick with you much longer! I enjoyed the fact that the characters remain unnamed throughout the story. It allows readers to focus on the story instead of worrying about who the characters are or what happened to bring them to the current state they are in. Well deserving of the PULITZER PRIZE!

May 28, 2017

The most depressing novel I have ever read. Bleak and beautiful. Read it, then go for a walk in the sunshine (or eat some ice cream, or find something to laugh about, et cetera).

May 22, 2017

Fantastic read from beginning to end!

Andrew Kyle Bacon
Aug 12, 2016

A powerful look at not only the bond between a father and son, but also the need to push forward and "be the good guys." This book will leave you feeling gutted, much like a fish removed from its stream, but at the same time expected to continue living and feeling a range of emotion. This book is painful and hurts, but it is a more powerful book because of it.

AL_JEREMIAH Aug 09, 2016

A post-apocalyptic tale, more like a fable, that follows a man and his young son on their journey through a barren wasteland to the sea. Most of the world has been destroyed by an unmentioned disaster, leaving only ashes and death. Along the way, the man and the boy struggle for survival and encounter many horrific sights and people. The book is written in a minimalist style, with sentence fragments and no quotation marks. It’s a masterful mix of suspense, horror, beauty, despair, and hope. It’s received some of the highest praise and awards, and is established as a modern classic.

Jul 26, 2016

One of 'the good ones.' Thank you Cormac McCarthy.

Jul 13, 2016

When I was younger, we imagined that if there was a nuclear war, we’d go to a shelter or huddle under our desks, until it was safe to emerge. No one ever asked what kind of world we’d emerge into. Cormac McCarthy vividly imagines such a world, as a father and son toil through a dead landscape towards the ocean. The other survivors eat from cans or have resorted to cannibalism. Amid this bleak landscape, the father and son share occasional moments of joy, like when they find a can of Coca Cola and when the boy has his first swim. The novel is beautifully written and should be required reading for anyone who thinks we can “win” a nuclear war.

May 10, 2016

One of the best books I have ever read

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AL_SUSANW 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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