The Road

The Road

Book - 2006
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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 Books, 2006
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780307277923
Branch Call Number: MCCARTHY C
McCarthy, C
PS3563.C337 R63 2006bx
Characteristics: 287 p. ; 21 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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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.

Nov 12, 2017

A real page turner. I couldn't put it down.

Oct 04, 2017

Great book.
I will read this again sometime.

JCLMattC Oct 03, 2017

Bleak and resounding. Each page has fallen into disarray just like the world the characters now occupy. If you like post-apocalyptic dramas, you’ll like this. Be warned, though, much of the standard grammatical organization has been thrown out in favor of a more stripped-down, desolate style.

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!

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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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