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The Road
The Road
Author: Cormac McCarthy
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The 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.

ISBN-13: 9780307476319
ISBN-10: 0307476316
Publication Date: 11/24/2009
Pages: 304
Edition: Reprint
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 200 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 43
This is a work of art. Many people say it is a dark, depressing book. In some ways, that is true, but the beauty of the relationship between the father and son creates a depth and richness contrasting the dire circumstances the characters are facing. Cormac McCarthy writes with ellegance. His text is filled with imagery and often reads like poetry. Quotations and tag lines aren't used and yet because the characters voices are so strong, you have no trouble determining who is speaking. You walk with them on their journey and become so immersed in the world the are in, you will cry when they suffer and wish you could somehow jump in and save them. I couldn't put it down and cried more than once while reading it. It is so powerful, you will feel like you've just lived through this tragic, poignant story yourself.
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Helpful Score: 35
This is one of the most thought-provoking and well-written books I have read. Yes, it's dark. Yes, it's disturbing. But it's also a beautiful story of a father and son's relationship and determination to survive in a terrifying world. Some of the scenes in the book still haunt me, but this is one of those books that I know I'll read over and over again.
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Helpful Score: 24
I couldn't put the book down even though it was one of the most depressing books I've ever read. I kept waiting for something good to happen. The end was not as uplifting as I had hoped for. I would not recomend this to a friend. That's why I'm posting it.
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Helpful Score: 22
A plodding book, with no point as far as I can tell. No character development, no explanations for the situation, nothing. The prose is oddly structured and stilted, perhaps in an attempt to be more like prose poetry than story telling. I finished it, but I don't know why. I certainly didn't learn anything from it.

Update on 11/29/08: As I was scrolling through my previous posted reviews I came across this one and a new thought occurred to me. I suspect that if this book had been written by an unknown author it would never have been published, let alone selected by Oprah. The only thing that caused it to get noted at all - because it sure isn't the contents - is the fact that a major, published author wrote it. I suggest reading something else.
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Helpful Score: 21
This book is dark and disturbing but, I just could not put it down. I read it in a day and am haunted by the images floating around in my head. The book is a testament to a father's love and the lengths a person will go to when faced with the most desperate situation. It will make you think of things you never want to think about.
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This is an amazing book. I don't know what to say about it. In all its horror is a beautifully written survival tale. It is disturbing and depressing, and definitely not for everyone. However I was glued to every page. This one is going to haunt me. I will never forget this book.
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This was one of the worst books I've ever read! Each page was the exact same as the last with absolutely no character development! I kept waiting for something.... Anything to happen but the next page practically repeated the last. I actually threw the book away it was so not worth my time! Could anyone tell me what they possibly enjoyed about it?

It reminds me of the scene in Tom Sawyer when the townspeople were tricked into seeing the show of the two naked and painted men. The first night 1/2 the people were tricked and they were so embarrassed by bring tricked they said how great the show was and the 2nd night the other 1/2 was tricked. On the third night everyone showed up upset at being suckered and wanted to exact revenge only to be outwitted again! Boy was I suckered by all earlier reviews!
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Very bleak and harrowing postapocalyptic novel telling the story of a man and his young son trying to survive after a world-wide holocaust. This was a very moving story of the journey the pair take and their love for each other. In the novel, the world has basically been totally destroyed with no living animals or plants surviving. Many of the remaining humans have apparently resorted to cannibalism to survive. The novel does not say exactly what happened to destroy the earth, but you can conclude it wasn't nuclear because the water is drinkable and no one appears to be dying from radiation sickness. In any event, overall a very moving and profound story that I would recommend.

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