Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 2007America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this 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 of utter devastation.
Bleak but brilliant, with glimmers of hope and humor, The Road is a stunning allegory and perhaps Cormac McCarthy's finest novel to date. This remarkable departure from his previous works has been hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a "novel of horrific beauty, where death is the only truth".
McCarthy, a New York Times best-selling author, is a past recipient of the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. He is widely considered one of America's greatest writers.
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"McCarthy's prose retains its ability to seduce...and there are nods to the gentler aspects of the human spirit." (The New Yorker)
"One of McCarthy's best novels, probably his most moving and perhaps his most personal...Every moment of The Road is rich with dilemmas that are as shattering as they are unspoken...McCarthy is so accomplished that the reader senses the mysterious and intuitive changes between father and son that can't be articulated, let alone dramatized...Both lyric and savage, both desperate and transcendent, although transcendence is singed around the edges...Tag McCarthy one of the four or five great American novelists of his generation." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
Despite the gloomy and harsh world that McCarthy paints, his writing pulls you in and leaves you on the edge of your seat. The final message of the book is powerful and deeply moving.
This was a difficult book to listen to. It was just so bleak, which of course was the point. I find the images in this book haunting me even now, a year after listening to it. When I think back, it was an amazing book to have affected me so profoundly without even having realized it at the time.
The Man's plight tears at you heart with relentless and pitiless ferocity. You are given nothing on which to base any hope of normal, human contact. The social contract is in tatters and has blown away on the ash laden winds that howl over a barren and blasted Earth. Read this and pray to any and all gods that you die before you have to endure what the Man endures for the Boy.
This was a very well written book. That's why I gave it a high score. The story doesn't really go anywhere and the few moments of excitement are few and far between. It's shortish length turns out to be a blessing as I don't think there would be much more tale to tell beyond what is already here.
A father struggles to keep his son from falling prey to the cannibalistic horrors of a post-apocalyptic world while trying to teach compassion and humanity to one-another. Sad, Gruesome, with a sprinkle of hope.
This book has an interesting premise but is somewhat morose. The book is a liitle slow in places. I listened until the end because I was waiting for some type of redemption. The charactor development was intriging but missed something. Enjoyable but far from a must listen.
I loved the audio version of "No Country for Old Men", but this book, though very dark, was a wonderful piece of art. Much more intense in human emotions and relationships than "No Country". I think the boiled down version of the earth gives way to the human soul. Also, to be able to feel the unspoken thoughts of the two, and their situation gives much credit to the author. You find yourself wanting so much for them.
I really wanted to get into this book, but just couldn't. The rhythm was just off for me. I just could not develop any interest or empathy for the protagonists. I ended up giving up 1/3 the way. Maybe it was about to get better? I just couldn't stand it anymore.
A friend asked me to describe this book, and I had a hard time doing so, honestly. Ultimately what I said was this, and I think it fits darn well, quite frankly:
"You know when you're sitting at home, minding your own business, and all of a sudden, you see a large spider out of the corner of your eye? You get up and launch a book at it, killing it. And five minutes later, when you've resumed minding your own business, you can't help but glance back over into that exact same spot every 90 seconds for the remainder of the night - as if that spider is going to come back for revenge, or it's buddies are going to come looking for him and stage an assault. Well - the entire book feels like THAT."
I hope that makes sense. I promise - it will after you read The Road.
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