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The Road | [Cormac McCarthy]

The Road

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 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 2007

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 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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What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Nikolaj Holbaek, Denmark 03-27-09
    Nikolaj Holbaek, Denmark 03-27-09 Member Since 2007

    Appreciate Audibles many different books and l like to try new things out. Love a good story - in real life or in books. Live in Denmark, Europe.

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    "Meget fin og l?rerig rejse"

    Bogen er en intens oplevelse og unik i sin beskrivelse af faderens forhold til sin s?n. En meget sp?ndende bog.

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    Chad Pearland, TX, USA 08-05-08
    Chad Pearland, TX, USA 08-05-08
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    "Slow and Boring"

    On a good note, I thought is was fairly well written. Most of the dialog was bad though, if only because it was with a small boy, it was still crippling to a boring plot. Huck Finn has good dialog, he was a boy, wasn't he? I would of hoped the author could of found a better way at going about this problem, rather than mindless, shallow dialog. It gets old quick. Like I said, the plot is boring and I think it left many of the events in the setting unexplained, as the ending did too.

    As an example, there is a best selling book about a boy who is stranded on a boat with talking zoo animals. It was more exciting and had better dialog. I wanted more of something, and never got it from this book.
    NOT RECOMMENDED.

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    Patricia Burleigh HeadsAustralia 06-21-08
    Patricia Burleigh HeadsAustralia 06-21-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Road too long"

    I found this book boring and tedious, nothing really happened, it simply moved on down the road at a less than leisurely pace encountering a range of baddies where things happened somewhat predictably. The dialogue was minimal and superficial. I would rather visit the dentist than read this again.

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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 12-03-07
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 12-03-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Waiting for action..."

    I really dont know what to tell you about this book. It wasnt good but it wasnt bad. Not alot of action but not actionless. The ending leaves you wanting to know more and the begining kind of leaves you trying to figure out where this whole story starts. Its really a strange book. Your hoping for something to happen but when it does it dont feel right. But I do have to say I enjoyed it, in a weird sort of way. Kind of like farting in a car and your not bothered by it, you know it should smell wrong but It dont.

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    Susan White Salmon, WA, USA 09-19-09
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    "depressing"

    Wow that was depressing.

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