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The Road
The Road
Author: Cormac McCarthy
ISBN-13: 9780739482643
ISBN-10: 0739482645
Pages: 241
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 38 ratings
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Book Type: 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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A wretched waste of paper. And it drags on and on, and I must be masochistic because I read it in its entirety. The Road is the penultimate of what I call the "Man Sucks" genre, i.e., man is evil, everything man touches will be destroyed, and yet, man is determined to persevere. If you read The Road you'll surely wonder why anyone in their right minds would want to continue existing in the dreaded wasteland McCarthy has coughed up. Why bother? What future is there for your child? Speaking of which, this whole "Man" and "Boy" nonsense gets old fast; it's an irritating affectation, but no doubt Cormac wants us to think this is Everyman and Everyboy. There is nothing subtle about Cormac. The man's determined to shovel down the reader's throat his message: Look at the devastation man has wrought, be horrified by the slavery and cannibalism, and yet, dear reader, note the tender love of a father for his son. I am rolling my eyes even now.
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Haunting. It seems to drag on, yet I couldn't put it down. It was definitely worth the read. The love story between the father and son is heartbreaking and beautiful.
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I may be the only person who did not thoroughly enjoy this bleak, dark, drawn out tale of a man and his son traveling through a post apocalyptic America.

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