The Road

The Road

Book - 2006
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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 wearting, 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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, Vintage Books, c2006
ISBN: 9780307265432
Call Number: MCCARTHY, C


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Love can be sustaining in the face of devastation and loss.

This post-apocalyptic novel centers around a boy and his father trying to survive in the ruined world with the dream of reaching the coast. An award winner that is worth your time.

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May 15, 2019

One of the best books I've read: powerful, imaginative, and gripping. The sentences are as sparse as the apocalyptic landscape of the story, accompanied by very little punctuation except for commas and periods. But the love of the father for his son shines through and the book had me in tears by the end. Masterfully written.

IndyPL_ShainaS Apr 10, 2019

I featured this book on my "Not My Cup of Tea" recommendations list, with the explanation that I might reread it one day, but since it's "so very gloom and depressing," I wasn't sure. Working at a library, books often find a way across my path, and so eventually I gave in to a little depressing. Annnnd my thoughts remain much the same. It's a strange book, and (mostly) beautifully written, and I understand the intentions with this father and son saga. But I still think more could have been achieved, and I still think the ending is its weakest part. After so much bleak and broken trekking, it rang less than true.

" We need to get out of the road. Why Papa? Someone's coming. Is it bad guys? Yes. I'm afraid so. They could be good guys. Couldnt they? He didnt answer. He looked at the sky out of old habit but there was nothing to see. What are we going to do, Papa? Let's go. Can we go back to the fire? No. Come on. We probably dont have much time. I'm really hungry. I know. What are we going to do? We have to hole up. Get off the road. Will they see our tracks? Yes. What can we do about it? I dont know. Will they know what we are? What? If they see our tracks. Will they know what we are? He looked back at their great round tracks in the snow. They'll figure it out, he said. Then he stopped. We need to think about this. Let's go back to the fire." " What woke the boy was him grinding the coffee in a small hand grinder. He sat up and stared all around. Papa? he said. Hi. Are you hungry? I have to go to the bathroom. I have to pee. He pointed with the spatula toward the low steel door. He didnt know how to use the toilet but they would use it anyway. They werent going to be here that long and he wasnt going to be opening and closing the hatch any more than he had to."

Apr 05, 2019

The Road written by Cormac McCarthy is one of the best books I have ever read in my life. This book was recommended to me by my High school teacher and I would like to share my opinions of it with you guys. This books starts off a bit slow but it starts building up at the end of the first chapter when the son witnesses the death of a guy he wanted to save. The novel shows the survival of a Father and his son after the apocalypse in a devastated world full of cannibalism. The book shows the bond between the father and the son perfectly adding to the beauty of it. This book makes you fall in love with the characters hoping for their survival in that wretched world. I would give this Book a 5/5 rating and would recommend it to every person who loves books that have a taste of survival while also having great character development. @Eko of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 15, 2019

A post apocalyptic novel about a father and son with nothing but the clothes on their backs and a harrowing journey to an unknown destiny. What it truly is, is a love story of a Father for his son. Stunning.

Feb 07, 2019

I know this book got a lot of critical praise but I thought it was just awful. The story was so horrible, and the outlook so bleak, that I had to force myself to finish it. Yes, the writing is very good, but the situation is so bad, and the future for the characters is so hopeless that I found it a chore to read.

Zaredy Dec 29, 2018

In this uniquely written book, Cormac McCarthy develops a story of a father and his young son attempting to survive in a post-apocalyptic America. Together, they set on a journey across the devastated land towards the sea in hopes of reaching safety. Along the way, they will face harrowing events and make difficult moral choices, that the father struggles to explain to his young son.
A great book for anyone looking for a heartfelt apocalyptic read.

Dec 27, 2018

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LoganLib_JennyI Oct 08, 2018

A well-deserved winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2007, "The Road" is a post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son trying to survive a brutal world with minimal resources. McCarthy's prose is first class. He blends vivid descriptions of a desolate landscape with flashbacks of family life and an urgent father/son love that must drive the son to come of age too early. Themes of isolation, hope and primal survivalist mentality flood the pages.
In 2009 the book was adapted into an Academy Award nominated film by the same name starring Viggo Mortensen, Robert Duvall, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Charlize Theron.

Sep 08, 2018

So good. I finished this book a couple of days ago. While I usually write a review shortly after finishing a book, I couldn't with this book. It's so rich, touching, haunting, it says something between the lines. It left me without concrete thoughts to review and required some time to let things settle in my brain.
The world in this book is sparse, the writing style is sparse. It works well together. The world comes alive through the sparseness of the words.

How would we react in a world that is bleak, bare, dangerous?

Cormac McCarthy has a way of writing that brings the bleakness& bareness of this world alive, while somehow keeping a sliver of hope. It's wonderfully done.

This is a story that will remain with me.

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ArapahoeSusanW 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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IndyPL_ShainaS Apr 10, 2019

The blackness he woke to on those nights was sightless and impenetrable. A blackness to hurt your ears with listening.

IndyPL_ShainaS Apr 10, 2019

This is my child, he said. I was a dead man's brains out of his hair. That is my job.


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Aug 22, 2014

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

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