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The Road

McCarthy, Cormac (Paperback - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Authors: McCarthy, Cormac, 1933-
Title: The road
Publisher: New York : Vintage, 2008
ISBN: 0307472124
9780307476319
9780307472120
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Aug 11, 2014
  • mainjr rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

THE GIST: A father and his boy travel through a ravaged and scorched America, overrun with street gangs, rapists and cannibals, in a journey to follow the road to the ocean shore in search of lost hope, only accompanied by each other.

If someone had asked me how Cormac McCarthy’s hauntingly beautiful novel ‘The Road’ coloured me after reading it over the span of just three days, I might have said, “with 50 shades of grey,” but the novel is much too great to expend a cheap literary joke on. Indeed, McCarthy paints his post-apocalyptic burned-down America with a varied colour palette of grey, light grey, and dark grey, yet his prose and characters ooze vibrantly and he evokes all the emotions on the emotional spectrum with every sentence in this stunning exploration of human virtue.

“By day the banished sun circles the earth like a grieving mother with a lamp.” This is one of many carefully crafted sentences in ‘The Road,’ that either hit you with uneasy fear, hopeless brooding, head-thumping adrenaline, or a sliver of hope with the help of McCarthy’s razor sharp vocabulary. However, one thing to note is that he discards almost all uses of punctuation save the period, his immersive writing as sparse as the setting itself.

The plot of the ‘adventure’ (the plan to get to the ocean shore) is a sneaky Trojan horse to showcase The Road’s characters: the father and son (who are never named) are the true stars of the show. The short philosophical dialogues they exchange throughout the novel are the bones of the novel, which explore themes like hope, fear, death and love, in such a way that a family man and philosophy university professor can both take something out of it.

Read it. Then read it again. Yes, ‘The Road’ makes virtually every other book in its genre look like ’50 Shades of Grey.’ I may be exaggerating, but I am not exaggerating when I say I believe it is one of the finest achievements in modern literature. 10/10

Jul 19, 2014
  • jackjackattack95 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A slow read at first, but there are a lot of passages worth analyzing. You get to learn a lot about the characters too and how they approach this post-apocalyptic setting.

May 20, 2014
  • Share_Bear rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It took me two days to read this book. At first I didn't realize there were no chapters, that really threw me. Also, use of run on sentences took some getting used to, but it was a good book.

Mar 27, 2014
  • DutchieRenske rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A story that leaves you wondering ... It wasn't 'fun' to read, but it kept me reading until the very end. Sometimes creeping me out, sometimes touching me. A different kind of book I normally read but surely a good book!

Feb 04, 2014
  • dkrmwiz rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

you don't really read this book, you watch it in your head. very powerful, never leaves you, only read it once. it's like the lovely bones. i've seen this movie, but not the lovely bones yet. not sure if i can...
i was so tired after reading it (in a good way), i wonder how tired he was after writing it...

Aug 10, 2013
  • coastalkate rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is at the top of my all time great books list. Will never read it again though, it is that powerful and disturbing. Brilliantly written, and if you are a parent it will wrench you. Worth reading, just for the story-telling skill displayed.

Jul 23, 2013
  • dixiedog rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

While I finished this book I found it to be rather slow and mundane. I cannot recommend it to other teenage readers. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

Jul 02, 2012
  • galactickim rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I found this book hard to put down. Just read it!

Apr 03, 2012
  • lindseyluce rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this novel. It is about a man and his son trying to survive in a post apocalyptic world. The story mostly focuses on the relationship between father and son with the backdrop of the end of the world. It can be a bit slow in the beginning but quickly picks up. There are some disturbing issues that are addressed but it makes sense in this story. I highly recommend this book.

Mar 16, 2012
  • everydayathena rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I had to muster my strength to read this novel - I usually like to read something with a little 'ray of hope' and I was pretty certain that this book was not going to have one.

"The Road" is the grim and incredibly dark story of a father and son in a post-apocalyptic world. They travel in search of the coast, scavenging food and provisions from the ashen wasteland. They are battered by the elements and careful to evade the gangs of cannibals who scour the land, preying on the vulnerable.

The novel has stirred plenty of reflective thinking on my part - I marvel at the nameless protagonist's devotion to "keep carrying the fire" for his son in the most desperate setting one could ever imagine. McCarthy's writing style is stark yet poetic. My favourite lines (they gave me shivers): "At the tide line a woven mat of weeds and the ribs of fishes in their millions stretching along the shore as far as eye could see like an isocline of death. One vast salt sepulchre. Senseless. Senseless."

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Mar 16, 2012
  • everydayathena rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

everydayathena thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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Jul 19, 2014
  • jackjackattack95 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A boy and his father struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic United States.

May 03, 2010
  • westiestimestwo rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Pulitzer Prize, Oprah's Book club, apocalypse, cannibalism, fathers and sons, Nuclear war, survival, hard to read

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Sep 02, 2009
  • drewsattack rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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