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 liked it. I thought it was a good book but I don't like being nervous about characters. It's suspensful and I prefer not to be in suspense.
A boy without a name and a man without a name wandering through a world that has suffered an unnamed and never described catastrophic event. If you are interested in science fiction of this genre, read a Canticle for Leibowitz. Don't waste your 6 hours on this poor excuse for a book.
When I purchased this book I didn't realize that it was written in the 70's. There certainly is a very anti-war political theme running through the book which made it a bit depressing. That being said, it was well written, and relevent to today. If you like post apocolyptic literature this isn't as quickly paced as others but still a satisfying read.
Well narrated but I felt very dissapointed in the ending. It was like McCarthy just ran out of juice and ended the book? Maybe I just was looking for something as great as his other works.
I've always wanted to read this book. I've had many friends who have experienced it and all of them have said the same thing, "you HAVE to read The Road, it is amazing."
I'm sure it is an amazing book and I will probably pick up the actual novel at some point, but this reading is miserable. The narrator has absolutely no character in his voice. He is monotone and seems to just pass through the pages of these novels without ever taking the audience's desire for entertainment into consideration.
The Road keeps you hanging on and anticipating what they will find when they reach their destination but ends haltingly without explanation of the devastation witnessed on the road. I had to replay to see if I missed something.
I wasted hours on listening to this dark and dismal story because I read positive reviews but I never found anything but one huge downer in this book. I'm certain that there are at least a million better was to totally waste time than hearing this garbage. Life is too short to spend it entrenched in thoughts and scenarios of the horrible state of affairs depicted in this book and end of the world full of dark and ugly human tragedy. You can say anything you want about this book but it leaves you sorry you spent your time on it if you have a healthy mental perspective.
How many times can you say it's ok?
How many times can you say fire?
How many times can you say tell me
How many times can you say i'm hungry?
Barely a plot through out. If you like repetition go for it.
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