The Road

The Road

Book - 2006
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America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst the destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world that is utterly devastated.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307387899
9780307265432
0307265439
Branch Call Number: F MCC
Characteristics: 241 p. ; 25 cm

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7626dee
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!

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scribby
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.

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TheenzQui
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!!!

EXCELLENT READ!
DEFFINETILY RECCOMEND!!
**READ THIS BOOK**

THE ROAD---- GREAT BOOK!

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

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gomiami1972
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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thefiddler
Nov 12, 2017

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

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jleeck
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.

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jbee33
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.

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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.

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westiestimestwo
Apr 14, 2010

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

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JihadiConservative
Aug 22, 2014

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

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