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)
I know this is a tough listen. It gets right to the grittiest part of humanity, survival. There are so many things that stick with me as I finish this book. It is worth every minute. Cormac McCarthy is a masterful writer.
I've read the book & loved it. And love this audio version just as much. It was wonderful the second time to see/find even more in Cormac McCarthy's wonderful book. The narration is excellent & brings the story to life. (Story- such a lame word for a book that touches one's soul.)
This is a very bleak and depressing story of the relationship between a father and son in a post-apocalytptic world. At first I found it difficult to get into, but after a while I became quite engrossed. A beautifully written and narrated work.
I listened to this book after seeing the movie. The book is much better and explains interesting details more than the movie does, even though I really liked the movie. Great narration and a lovingly told story. I do wish it was longer or that there is going to be a sequel or pre-quel of some kind. The whole concept is easy to get caught up in... what would you save, what would you do....
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Cormac McCarthy is one of the great writers of the 20th Century. A beautiful written book. The movie does it justice and Tom Stechschulte is perfect reading this book. Makes you think how fragile our civilisation is.
This novel squeezes meaning and value out of the crevices of this father-son relationship in the face of well told horrors of the apocalyptic end of the world.
Had never heard of the novel, knew about the movie finally watched and was impressed enough to grabb the audio book novel, sometimes i dont know what is better the novel or the movie,?.
I cannot imagine a better way of 'enjoying' this novel. While I appreciated it, the movie did not do this work the justice this reader did this piece. McCarthy is incredible. The perfect combination. While I did not read the text I will be forever pleased I listened to this book. Thank you to Tom Stechschulte for translating this unspeakably bleak scenario into one of love and hope transcending words. Hmmm - How about reading "Child of God" next? Please?
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